Community Scoop » Danny Karatea-Goddard named Co-Executive Director of the Sisters of Compassion
Press release – New Zealand Conference of Catholic Bishops
New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Conference adviser Deacon Danny Karatea-Goddard has been appointed co-chief executive Mori-Tumu Whakarae of the Sisters of Compassion group, the religious order founded by Meri Hhepa Mother Suzanne Aubert. He joins Dr. Chris Gallavin (named…
New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Conference adviser Deacon Danny Karatea-Goddard has been appointed Māori-Tumu Whakarae co-chief executive of the Sisters of Compassion group, the religious order founded by Meri Hōhepa Mother Suzanne Aubert.
He joins Dr Chris Gallavin (appointed March 2021) as the group’s co-CEO-Tumu Whakarae.
Deacon Karatea-Goddard joins the Sisters of Compassion after holding positions such as Maori Counselor to the New Zealand Conference of Catholic Bishops and Vicar for Maori to the Catholic Archdiocese of Wellington.
Sister Margaret Anne Mills of the Sisters of Compassion says the nomination builds on Meri Hōhepa Suzanne Aubert’s bicultural work with Maori, particularly in Jerusalem on the Whanganui River in the 1880s: “Our multicultural reality only becomes real and will only succeed if we understand our bicultural basis. We believe that the work of Meri Hōhepa Suzanne Aubert is of paramount importance in our journey towards a true partnership in Aotearoa, New Zealand. It is an expression of our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
Deacon Karatea-Goddard says his nomination is particularly personal: “Several of my aunts, my children and I have been recipients of the mission of Meri Hōhepa Suzanne Aubert. Being able to serve the Whānau Compassionate Sisters is a privilege, and I am thrilled to join them as we explore deepening our commitment to biculturalism as we move toward a new future in these uncertain times.
A pōwhiri for Deacon Karatea-Goddard will be held at Our Lady of Compassion House in Island Bay on Monday, May 23, 2022 at 10 a.m., followed later by a pōwhiri in Hiruhārama Jerusalem, where Meri Hōhepa Suzanne Aubert is recognized for her working with Maori communities.
Venerable Meri Hōhepa Suzanne Aubert (1835-1926) founded the Daughters of Our Lady of Compassion (the Sisters of Compassion) in 1892. She was a friend and advocate for Maori, children, the poor and the sick , the Sisters continuing her work to this day. Among her many accomplishments, she founded the Compassion Soup Kitchen in Wellington, which is still run by the sisters. The Sisters are currently considering their next step in Meri Hōhepa Suzanne Aubert’s journey to sainthood, which has been delayed by a Vatican committee ruling that a possible miracle attributed to her could be explained by medical science.
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