Many men and women have advanced God’s plan.
St Peter Chanel SM is a significant saint for New Zealand. This is his story.
Find out about Fr Damien. A Belgian who worked with lepers on Molokai an Hawaian Island.
The Church attaches ‘patrons’ to different groups of people. Their patronage is given on the basis of their lifetime interest and example from their lives. It’s probably fair to say that some of these incidents stretch the imagination of our scientific minds, however on the other hand it’s nice to be looked after by the Saints.
Celtic saints brings to life the stories of the Celtic saints, their vibrant spirit and the places associated with them.
Explore the life of St. Therese of Lisieux . Including- her writings, her letters, prayers and photos.
Blessed Teresa of Culcutta was an inspirational Catholic. Read her biography, her words (including some on streaming video) as well as examples of her prayers, meditations and reflections.
Every community holds its heroes in great honour. The believing Christian community is no exception. The whole aim of our lives is to be Christlike. The saints help us by their example to do this.
The Saints: heroes of the Church
We all need people to look up to; people whose lives embody ideals we hold important and strive to emulate. Every form of human community has heroes. In New Zealand society, sports stars are an obvious example. The Church community, too, is full of heroes and heroines. From the earliest days, it honoured the Apostles and the Christian martyrs who witnessed to their faith in Jesus even to the point of death. From generation to generation, the Church has continued to add to this list particular men and women, holding them up as examples of what it means to live a Christlike life, so that we can learn from them and imitate their qualities.*
Kiwis as we call ourselves are great people. Many New Zealanders are inspirational not only to other New Zealanders but the world.
Numerically, New Zealanders are among the rarest group of people in the world. Historically, we’ve blown that away with world-changing ideas. Here are some people who have The New Zealand Edge and are our sources of inspiration for international achievement.
A large source of New Zealand Biographies can be found from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography.
Ordinary New Zealanders do things in inspiring ways like Sister Yvonne of the Daughters of Compassion.
During the World Wars many New Zealand were inspiring in their concern for people including New Zealand’s own Bishop Cleary.
Ordinary people throughout the world act as sources of inspiration.
The Australian Department of Education Science and Training has compiled a gallery of people who have been significant in a variety of fields. Photographs and a short biography of each is included.
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A brilliant scholar and teacher, this African American Franciscan sister dedicated her life to breaking down racial and cultural barriers and to encouraging people to use their God-given gifts…
She was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for their efforts to bring peace to Northern Ireland
Born in 1895 a respected kuia, who worked for many years for the rights of her people, and particularly to improve the lot of Māori women
The winner of a Nobel Peace Prize and an outstanding figure in the struggle for justice, peace and self-determination in East Timor
The American woman tried to build a more just and peaceful society by founding the Catholic Worker, a movement based on Catholic social teaching
An Indian leader who established his country’s freedom and independence through non-violent revolution
A priest of the Missionary Society of St. Columban who was killed in the Philippines by Japanese soldiers in 1943
He spoke out against a military which made war upon its own people and was assassinated while celebrating Mass in San Salvador