Passionist Family Groups – St Mary’s Basilica Invercargill

Recently the St Mary’s Parish celebrated a Passionist Family Group Mass with members from all groups taking part. Mary-Ellen and John Leen, part of the PFG National Directing team, along with the South Island Directors Murray and Aileen Straight were present at this celebration.

Parish Coordinators Dot Wilson and Neill Rumble along with parish priest Father Chris O’Neill have encouraged new families and people to join the groups.

They have nurtured and looked out for people who are new to Southland and New Zealand.

In the last couple of years, two new groups, St Monica’s and St Mary’s family group have been formed, adding to the existing groups, Noah, Jerusalem, Emmaus, and Maria Goretti. Many of the members have been involved since groups were started 23 years ago.

The people in these groups enjoy each other’s company and celebrate special milestones and have fun together.

The smiling faces and the interaction after mass were an example of the groups in action. “See how they love one another”




Fr Chris