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Fr Paul Martin sm ordained bishop of Christchurch

On Saturday 3 March the past Bursar General, Fr Paul Martin sm, was ordained Bishop of Christchurch, New Zealand by Cardinal John Dew. Fr John Larsen who is visiting the Pacific, was present at the celebration, as well as many New Zealand confreres and a big crowd of faithful. Addressing the people of Christchurch, the Cardinal said “Today you are gifted with someone who is ready to serve you. I am sure the people of Christchurch will delight Bishop Paul as someone who is here with you and for you”. At the conclusion of the ceremony, after the blessing of the faithful, Bishop Paul said : “I am very blessed being born into a family that is stable, loving and showed me what living a Christian life looks like. Growing up in Hastings, there were 14 Marists living in the presbytery and so I had lots of great examples of how Marist life could be lived”. More on You can watch the video of the celebration on youtube.