Pompallier Catholic School Kaitaia - Catholic Character
  • Founder of the Marist Brothers, the order Brother Humphrey, Joseph & Chanute belongs to.
  • Marcellin was declared a Saint in 1999; his feast day is celebrated on 6 June.
  • Marcellin Joseph Benedict Champagnat was born on a farm in a remote part of France on the 20th May 1789. This was the same year as the French Revolution, which was one reason why by the time he was 14 he had only one day at school. Later this made him make up his mind to start up a group of brothers to teach children in remote country areas, like his, who would otherwise have no chance of ever going to school. This simple idea spread throughout many parts of the world. Brother Colombon arrived with Bishop Pompallier in the Hokianga on the 10th January 1838. In 1876 two brothers began a school in Freeman’s Bay, Auckland.
  • Foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, the order Sister Bernadette & Irenaeus belong to (they were the last Sisters at Pompallier Catholic School)
  • Mercy feast day is celebrated on the 24th September.
  • Catherine McAuley, a rich, witty, Irish woman, decided to do something practical for the poor and needy people of Ireland during the 19th Century. So she founded the sisters of mercy (mercy = God’s loving kindness). To teach, nurse, and visit the sick. They came to New Zealand on the 9th April 1850. The sisters of Mercy were the first teachers at Pompallier; they taught here from 1958 to 1988. The sisters of Mercy, including our sister Bernadette taught at Pawarenga from 1927 to 1985. They also run St Mary’s College in Ponsonby, and the Mercy Hospital in Epsom.

  • Mother of Jesus Christ
  • Maria was inspiration behind the group of young French priests, sisters and brothers, all called MARIST, which is a French word meaning “Like Mary”. All these young priests were good friends that studied together in the City of Lyons. Among them were Jean-Claude Colin, who founded the Society of Mary: Jean Baptiste Pompallier, who later became the first Bishop in the Pacific.
  • St Peter Chanel was the first Saint and Martyr of the Pacific
  • Peter Chanel left France in 1837 with Bishop Pompallier for the Pacific Islands. The Pope had just told the newly formed Society of Mary (Marists) to take the news of Jesus Christ to the people of the Western Pacific. The King of Samoa became jealous of Father Chanel’s goodness and popularity and had him murdered on the 28th of April 1841.His body was taken to Pompallier House in Russell and it stayed there for many years. Father Chanel was declared a Saint in 1954, we celebrate his feast day on the 28th of April.

Pompallier School Prayer

We ask you Lord to help us “Seek Wisdom”
today in all that we do,
Both learning and play,
With your Love as we see others,
Truth as we do your will,
Mercy we remember our founding mothers,
Integrity your teachings we shall fill,
Give us strength and courage in all that we do
and let us always walk closer to you.

We are a Mercy School

Mercy is making a deep space for others in our hearts
Mercy is a spiral that carries us to places of deep aroha and compassion
Be Mercy heal with hope, gift wisdom with love


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