Two Salesian priests, Fr Mika and Fr Aleki, minister the Catholic community of Massey, a western suburb of Auckland. Auckland is the largest city of New Zealand where many different nationalities around the world call ‘home’. In St. Paul parish of Massey, there is a large number of migrants who feel very much part of the community and are supported by the Salesians.
The Burmese community is a latest edition added to this vibrant community of Massey. Due to the political and economic pressures, many Burmese refugees are accepted by the New Zealand government to begin a fresh start. The Catholic church also supports in the resettlement of the migrants in the country.
The Burmese community in Massey parish is well looked after by the parish priest and his assistance. The parish priest, Fr Mika, has invited Fr Will Matthews SDB from Melbourne to visit this devout community regularly to help in their spiritual, social and educational needs. They were blessed to have visited by Fr Will during the September holiday. Regular prayer meetings and catechism sessions were held during his visit. A high light of the visit was the conferring of the Sacrament of Confirmation to 12 Burmese adults on Sunday 27th September during the Eucharist. Fr Will spent four days in Auckland before continuing his journey to Wellington to do similar ministry to the Burmese community who settle in the Porirua area. He spent four days with the Burmese Catholic community.
The Salesians have been in New Zealand for a few years now. They are working well in poorer areas of Auckland to serve the needs of the faithful especially the young. Two parishes, Massey and Avondale, are entrusted to the care of the Salesians in Auckland.
This year the Salesians in New Zealand were visited by the Rector Major, the Regional Superior, the Provincial, the Delegate for Social Communications and the Missioni Don Bosco media team from Rome.