NEWS: We farewell Fr Gregoire Vidal in June
In late June, the New Zealand house farewells Fr Gregoire who is to return to France. Fr Gregoire joined the New Zealand house of the Beatitudes in Leithfield early in 2019, moving to Leithfield after a decade in the Denver House in the USA.
At a Sunday Mass in late May, Fr Gregoire explained, "The reason I am leaving is because of you!" Speaking to a congregation of nearly 100 people, Fr Gregoire reminded us that immediately before his arrival in New Zealand, the Beatitudes presence was very small with only three sisters, and no brothers or lay members. The presence of a Community priest has made it possible to build an apostolate with Mass everyday and regular times of confession. The flourishing of the Community and its apostolate in recent years has made it possible for Fr Gregoire to return to France.
Even with the upcoming departure of Fr Gregoire and the recent departure of Sr Thérèse, the Community is now a larger presence in New Zealand and is represented in each state of life, with four sisters, two brother priests and some lay members.
Fr Gregoire will be missed by all. There will be a chance to say farewell to him after Mass on Sunday 18th June with a shared lunch at the Pilgrim Shelter following the 12pm Mass. All welcome. Our DONATE button is undergoing maintenance!
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