Salesian Presence in New Zealand

Salesian Priests in New Zealand

Salesian Priests in New ZealandFr. James Adayadiel, Fr. Mika Leilua and Fr. Mathew Vadakkev­ettuvazhiyil have been appointed to begin the mission of Don Bosco in New Zealand. The Salesians started their first presence in NZ at Massey. There is a parish and a Catholic Primary School attached to the parish. Fr. James is the Par­ish Priest and Superior of the reli­gious community.

Fr. James worked in Salesian for­mation houses in India before he volunteered to be a missionary in Samoa. He left India in 1979 and worked in Samoa for about 30 years. It was his dream to have Salesians in NZ and after do­ing a lot of spade work finally the Salesians officially made their first presence on 1st February 2010. He brings with him a wealth of experi­ence as a priest and administrator.

Fr. Mika who is a Samoan has spent most of his Salesian life in formation houses. His role as Nov­ice Master of the Salesians in Fiji stands out as his major contribu­tion to the Congregation. Before becoming a Salesian he worked as a civil servant in Samoa.

Fr. Mathew came to NZ in Sep­tember 2009 from the Salesian Province of East Africa, Nairobi. He went to Africa as a young Sale­sian in 1983. He spent most of his life in educational field in Kenya and Tanzania.


Feast of Mary Help of Christians

The past pupils of Don Bosco with their families gathered once again on 30th May, to cel­ebrate the feast of Mary Help of Christians.

New Zealand is a country of various nationalities and this was evident with families, from Korea, Philippines, India, Samoa, Singapore to name a few. The Holy Eucharist was celebrated by Fr. James, Fr. Mathew & Fr. Mika. The choir pro­vided hymns with combined par­ticipation from all present.

Mass was followed by mouth wa­tering snacks prepared by all fami­lies that partook in the celebration. Fr. Mathew took the opportunity to talk about the Four Main Groups of Salesians of Don Bosco.

Salesian Family and Friends

The four main groups

  • Salesians of Don Bosco: Priests and Brothers who live in the community
  • Daughters of Mary Help of Christians: Salesian Sisters who live in the commu­nity
  • Salesian Co-operators; Lay people, married men and women who live the spirit of Don Bosco and work for the young
  • Volunteers of Don Bosco: Professional men and women willing to help and sup­port the visions of Don Bosco.