On Saturday 28 February we will be gathering in Peter Mann house at 10 am  to discuss the general principles which will lie behind the writing of a new Parish Statute. I intend to introduce a new Statute 3 at this years synod in September and this is a meeting that will precede the drafting of this canon. Once it is drafted, by early May, it will be widely circulated and I hope widely discussed. I see this as crucial to our ways of organising ourselves for the mission of Christ in the world.

On Sunday I attended the opening of Selwyn College. The service was held in All Saints Church and was followed by a mihi whakatau on the lawn of Selwyn College, the college waiata sung by the women and a haka performed by the men of the college. As usual I was impressed by the seriousness with which the incoming students and their parents took the events, and the spirit and skill with which the outgoing students performed their roles. The college is in particularly good heart at the moment and it is a privilege to be part of it.

Earlier in the week I attended the commissioning of the prefects at St. Hilda’s. This group of fine young women has been selected from a very able year group, and I know the selection was difficult because there were so many young women capable of exercising this level of leadership in the school. I am looking forward to seeing the school go from strength to strength in the course of this year.

I will be absent from the diocese for about 6 days beginning on Saturday to help lead the Summer Retreat organised by John Franklin and led by John, Sr. Judith Anne O’Sullivan of the Dominican Sisters and myself. On March 7 I will be leaving for the first two weeks of my Sabbatical. I am going to St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass Colorado to undertake a retreat with Fr. Thomas Keating, the founder of Contemplative Outreach and the pioneer of Centering Prayer.

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