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The Mission Heritage Trail

To continue to develop a trail through Mary's garden which tells the story of the mission of the Gospel to Oceania and New Zealand.

The Sanctuary of Fourvière connects the people of New Zealand and Oceania to their deepest Christian roots - the mission of the Gospel of Jesus Christ which was brought by the disciples of St John to Lyon, Fourvière and on to the Pacific. 

We are currently developing a trail through Mary's Garden starting at the Shrine of Mary, where the various milestones of the mission are commemorated and celebrated.

This includes a replica of the "Red Shed" of the Venerable Suzanne Aubert who came to New Zealand and ministered to local Māori and the early European settlers. A Fale (Polynesian hut) in honour of St Peter Chanel, the first martyr of the Pacific is currently being constructed. It will house the beautiful icon of the Saint and 1st class relics.

Future plans include honouring the various orders that flourished out of Fourvière Lyon, a commemoration of the work of Bishop Pompallier and the establishing of the historical Churches of the Hurunui and the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament which was destroyed in the Christchurch Earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.

We are a people of mission. The Mission Heritage Trail is one way to inspire us all towards a new evangelisation in our families and communities.

What will it take?

Amount needed to complete


Progress to date...

*Shrine of Mary *Red Shed of Suzanne Aubert *Fale of St Peter Chanel (under construction).

Next steps

To finish the Fale of Peter Chanel and install areas which honour the parish and diocese and the Beatitudes.

What it looks like:

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