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BISHOP MORAN’S RETURN.

On his arrival by t!m Southern express train this evening, Bishop Moran will be Elb'c by members of his congregation and the Hibernian Society in their regalia. The members of the Committee will have a carriage-and-four in waiting for the bishop, and a procession will be formed in which the Catholic men of Dunedin and suburbs, the Hibernian Society, and the children of St. Joseph’s and the Christian Brothers’ schools will take part. On arrival at the Cathedral, Archdeacon Coleman will present the following address from the clergy and laity of the diocese:

Lord Bishop,—We, the priests and Catholic laity of your Lordship’s dioccso, are very happy to bid you welcome, and truly rejoiced to see you returned once more. In the comparative shortness of your Lordship’s absence on this occasion, we recognise a proof of your accustomed seal in the service of religion and of your unfailing devotion to the welfare of your people. You have evidently not considered your own comfort or convenience, but thought only of transacting the business that called you hence in as short a time as possible, so that you might speedily return to resume your duties amongst us. This is the second time during your energetic career as bishop of this diocese that you have returned to us from a visit paid on our behalf to Romo and Ireland, and we still boo good reason to hope that Almighty God will preserve you in your accustomed health and vigor to labor many years for the good of your people. Wo have not ceased to miss you during your absence nor to desire your return, although everything, owing to your wise provision, has continued satisfactory, and edifying progress has been made.

At the time at which your Lordship left Dunedin to undertake your voyage to England, the news that had been recently received from Europe led us to hope that some possibility existed of your personally witnessing, if not a complete settlement of what is commonly known as the Roman question, at least some amelioration in the position of the sovereign pontiff. But this hope has been disappointed. Our confidence, however, is firm, that Almighty God will protect His vicar, and that the present trials of the church will but make the triumph of which she is secure more brilliant. Meantime we assure your Lordship that all our sympathies are ptlvcn to tho Holy Father in his sorrow, and tho grievous burden laid upon him, and it is our ardent desire to console and support him, so far as it is possible for us, by every expression and proof of our zeal and devotion. We have heard, Lord Bishop, with intense interest of tho part taken by your Lordship in the ceremonies performed at Cashel, on tho Feast of Corpus Chrlsti, It has caused us much happiness that, in tho person of your Lordship, and represented by you, wo have been brought into participation with our brethren in Ireland in an event that must be regarded as being of particular significance. But allow us to thank you. Lord Bishop, for the testimony borne by you to our fidelity on the memorable occasion to which we allude. Our hearts do, indeed, as you testified, remain true to faith and fatherland, and, as we arc the devoted children of Rome, so it is our joy and pride, while duly fulfilling our duties as New Zealand colonists, to form a constituent part of the greater Ireland, of which your Lordship spoke, scattered abroad, but still firmly united, throughout the world. Finally, lord Bishop, accept our most fervent thanks for the representation made by you to the Holy Father of our standing as a Catholic people. It shall still be our endeavor to deserve the good word of our Bishop with tho Holy See, aswn shall esteem it our highest privilege to console the Holy Father in his heavy troubles, and the danger which surrounds him, by shunning all that ho condemns and zealously fulfilling all that he enjoins upon us. Signed on behalf of the priests and Catholic laity of the diocese of Dunedin. William Coleman J, B. Callan F. Mkhnan T. Deehan.

The H.A.C.B. Society will present an address, beautifully illuminated by Mr Hawcridgo, in the following terms : Lord Bishop,—"We, the members of the have much pleasure in welcoming your return to your diocese. Wo have been glad to hear of the success that attended on your visit to Europe, more especially as proved to us by the numerous band of priests and religious persons who have accompanied you to this c lony. In this we see, besides, a proof of the good work already done by you among us here, as well as an assurance of advancement, under your wise supervision, in the future. We are, further, reminded by it that Ireland still continues the fruitful source of missionary enterprise, to which, as the spread and establishment of the Catholic faith in all parts of this hemisphere are principally due to it in the past, the future also must largely look for instruction and guidance in religious life and progress. Allow us, therefore, Lord Bishop, while we heartily welcome your return, to express our sincere thanks to you for the labors undertaken, and so successfully carried out by you, and in whoso fortunate results, as the members of a Catholic society, we are particularly interested. Then Master F, Healy, on behalf of the altar boys, will read the following address :

My Lord,—We, the altar boys of your cathedral, would beg permission also to welcome your return. Humble as are our claims to consideration, wo know wo have not been last in your Lordship’s thoughts. When you had occasion to speak of us to a congregation in Ireland, in common with all your children, we had your kind word, for which wo desire to thank you very sincerely. We are resolved never to do anything t) forfeit your Lordship’s good opinion or to discredit the opinion you have given of us. As a mark of our affee ion and respect, my Lord, wo will ask you to accept from us this picture of your cathedral, with which, through your wise provision, wo are particularly associated. Wo will also ask you to accept this portrait of the father and friend to whom we owe the advantages we possess, and in great part the disposition that induces us to avail ourselves of them.

The address on behalf of the religious confraternities will be presented by Mr J. F. Perrin. It has been magnificently illuminated by tho nuns, and is, indeed, a perfect work of art. It reads as follows: — Lord Bishop,—Wc, the members of the religious confraternities attached to your cathedral, have much happiness in bidding you a hearty welcome home. Your absence, it is true, has been com parati vely short, and we have constantly been kept informed of your being in good health and satisfactorily engaged in the transaction of the business which called you away from us. Your Lordship’s place, besides, so far as possible, was well and faithfully filled, and all our religious requirements, whether collectively or individually, were fully provided for. Your personal presence, nevertheless, which seems to us especially a pledge ot tho safety and welfare of your people, was constantly! missed by us, and wc are glad to know that, intho ordinary course of things, many years must elapse before you arc again obliged to leave us for so long a period. You will be glad to hear, Lord Bishop, that daring your absence no falling-off has taken place in our numbers, but that, on the oontraiy, some increase lias been made. Our experience, indeed, authorises us to say that, among tho advantages conferred on the City and diocese by your erection of this beauliful cathedral, one most deserving of mention has been the establishment, thus adequately provided for, of our confraternities. Tho erection of beautiful cathedrals to tho honor and glory of God, as the history of the Catholic Church abundantly teaches, has over boon a foremost and distinguishing work of the fervent bishop and the faithful Hock, and your Lordship, supported by the people you have taught and guided so ably and well, has been no exception to the rule. As, moreover, the erection of the nave and aisles of your cathedral was a great work successfully, and with tho host results, completed in the interval between your first and second visits to Rome, it is our heartfelt desire that, before you are again called honco on a similar errand, you may witness tho full completion of the building. When, therefore, Lord Bishop, wo welcome your return, as wo may hope to do also on a future occasion as gladly as at present, our aspiration is that it may be within these walls brought to tho perfection of their biauty, while our confraternities, proportionately increased under your fostering care, may fill tho enlarged space. Our knowledge of what has been already accomplished by your Lordship encourages us in such a hope.

Society of the Sacred Heart, Confraternity of tho Holy Family, Congregation of the Children of Mary, Ladies’ Association of Charity, Confraternity of Our Lady of Perpetual Succor.

Those in the vicinity of the cathedral between eight and nine o’clock will have the pleasure of listening to an open-air concert by the young Cecilians, under the Rev. Bro, Hughes, given in honor of the bishop’s return. Addresses of welcome will also bo presented during the week from the nuns and the pupils of the Christian Brothers’ School. [Per United Press Association,] INVERCARGILL, October 8. Bishop Moran was the recipient of a congratulatory address from St. Mary’s congregation last evening. In reply he said that his mission to Europe had been very success-

ful, resulting iu additional priests and teaching stall being secured. When at Rome he had had an interview with the Pope, who made many inquiries as to the spiritual and material welfare of Catholics in New Zealand, and had warned them against revolution and against secret societies of every kind. The Bishop told His Holiness that his warning about revolution was unnecessary to Irishmen in New Zealand, as they abhorred it, while as to secret societies they were not now, at all events, much given to them.

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BISHOP MORAN’S RETURN., Issue 8032, 8 October 1889

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BISHOP MORAN’S RETURN. Issue 8032, 8 October 1889

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