Casting our net wide
Te Kupenga means “the net” or “the fishing net” and harks to the first four disciples of Jesus – Andrew, Peter, James and John. They were called from their boats and nets to become fishers for Jesus’ kingdom with the same care, dedication and skill they brought to their fishing.
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” (Matthew 4:18-19).
Bishop Patrick Dunn, President of the NZ Catholic Bishops’ Conference, says the name resonates strongly with Pope Francis’ call to the Church to revive its missionary spirit and purpose.
“Te Kupenga will put out into the deep and cast our net wide,” said Bishop Pat.
The bishops intend the name to also reflect a contemporary reference to networking, online learning, and linking with others collegially.
They expect the new institute to play a vital role in training, educating and forming Catholic seminarians, teachers, and lay leaders.