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St Francis by the Sea Catholic Church

Mototapu Ave Manly
Whangaparaoa

Mission Statement - Karere o Te Rongo Pai.To be messengers of the Gospel through our Faith, Love and Service. Whakapono, Aroha, Awhina. Parish Priest - Fr Emile Frische MHM - Our parish priest is Fr Emile Frische MHM. He returned home to New Zealand towards the end of 2014, having been overseas from 1970 onwards. He was ordained in Whangarei in 1970, and was appointed to Miri Diocese in Sarawak, East Malaysia. In 1984 he was appointed to St. Joseph?s College, Mill Hill, London, for Vocation Ministry for 2 years; then as student counsellor for a couple of years; then as Rector of the seminary for 6 years. He had a sabbatical in Rome, doing some study at the Angelicum University. He then got his next appointment ? to be part of the Mill Hill Community in New York. He served in the Archdiocese of New York as Co-ordinator for Special and Pastoral Ministry. After 18 years there, he was appointed home to NZ. He served in the parish of St. Mark in Pakuranga for 3 years. Then, in January 2018, he was appointed to the Mid North Pastoral Area, based in Okaihau ? serving 8 church communities. On 1 February 2019 he was appointed to Hibiscus Coast parish. He feels blessed to be serving our parish and to continue his missionary journey with us. Email Fr Emile Frische MHM - mhmemile1970@gmail.com - ASSISTING PRIEST: We are fortunate to have a retired Priest assisting in the Parish: Fr. Ron Saunders. Our churches - St. John the Evangelist - The original church was built on the present site in 1966. It had to be built to a strict budget and was still part of the Puhoi Parish until 1980 when the Hibiscus Coast Parish was formed. In 2001 the wonderful new church was built and the old church building became the Parish Hall. St. Francis by the Sea - In 1984 the church of St. Francis by the Sea was built. This was needed to cater for the growing congregation on the Peninsula. Prior to the builing of St Francis parishioners worshipped in the Stanmore Bay Community Hall, or during the summer holidays, Whangaparaoa Hall due to the influx of holiday makers.

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