Over 50 Young Vinnie youth leaders from across the Auckland diocese, celebrated their commissioning mass with Bishop Patrick Dunn on Saturday 2nd May, 2015 at St Patrick’s Cathedral. The young leaders, from over 13 Catholic secondary schools, tertiary groups, parishes and communities, were joined by members of the Society, and friends, family and supporters.

Bishop Dunn encouraged and blessed the new leaders as they began their journey of service in 2015. Each leader was handed a candle, symbolising the Light of Christ.  

In the opening address, Gene Paul Kiely said, “It is tonight that we honour a legacy almost 200 years in the making – a long tradition started by Frederic Ozanam. A young man himself who gathered other young people around him to serve in hope of a better tomorrow. It has been moving to see this truth lived out by the many Vinnies youth here in Auckland.”

We thank all these young men and women who are dedicated to making their faith real through serving as Vincentians.

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Commissioning Mass for Auckland Young Vinnie leaders held at St Patrick’s Cathedral with Bishop Patrick Dunn, Bishop of Auckland.

Two years of work about young people with disabilities has resulted in St. Paul’s Vinnies publishing a book. People are gifts features the profiles of eight young people with disabilities such as hearing and vision impairment, cerebral palsy, autism, down syndrome, dyscalculia, dyspraxia and dyslexia. The book is filled with easy to read information for young people and their peers to understand, and lists of organisations and websites that parents, teachers and the community can refer too. The St. Paul’s Vinnies were fortunate to have the support of organisations that cater for young people with disabilities, and charitable trusts in the Nelson/Tasman area who provided information and photos about their services for the book.
As well as publishing their book, the St. Paul’s Vinnies have done a variety of activities to assist and learn from people who have disabilities.

Hawkes Bay Young Vinnies: – the young reaching out to new settlers

The Young Vinnies in Hawkes Bay are reaching out to new settlers in their community and learning more about other cultures. New settlers, particularly from the Philippines are settling into the Hawke’s Bay area, where many work in the dairy industry. The Young Vinnies are finding out more about their new neighbours by learning about their food and finding out what life was like in their homeland.

A talk was arranged with local priest Father Nathanial Brazil who told the Young Vinnies about his life in the Philippines, and everyone shared in a Filipino dish called pancit (a noodle dish) that was prepared by the Youth co-ordinator, Paola Minehan.

Other schools in the area also made Filipino food and sold it to the teachers.