Te Whetu O te Moana, the Star of the Sea Parish, was inaugurated on 1st February 2016, combining the former parishes of Blenheim, Kaikoura and Picton. Added to those are the Mass centres of Havelock, Renwick, Seddon & Ward. The parish is an extensive geographical area across the NE of the South Island, consisting of the Districts of Marlborough and Kaikoura. Several centres are still growing out of the devastation of the November 2016 earthquakes. The parish has four Stewardship Areas, where the partnership between local Stewardship Teams and the Parish Pastoral Team gives leadership in response to the pastoral and spiritual needs of their communities.
From 1st February 2020, Fr Giltus Mathias is Community leader of our Passionist Community, and also Parish Priest of the amalgamated Marlborough Star of the Sea Parish. He is assisted by Fr Jacob Kuman and Fr Thomas Thanh Nguyen. They live in Blenheim but exercise their ministry across all seven communities of the parish. Their house offers hospitality to priests who are travelling through and Diocesan Staff who are in the parish for consultations and workshops.
Our mission is to build this new parish within the diocesan focus on Stewardship. From 2018 our focus has been on building up the inner relationships that make us communities today, so that we can be more welcoming to all, especially those on the peripheries of church. Each Stewardship Team is organising a quarterly event to help people gather socially and spiritually.
In Auckland, Bro John McGeachie CP lives in retirement after a long mission in Port Moresby PNG. Fr Brian Traynor CP from Melbourne also serves in mission in New Zealand, as an animator of Passionist Family Groups.