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Passionist Family Group Movement


Passionist Family Group Movement originated in Australia and was established in the Hamilton Diocese in 1988. It has since spread to parishes all over New Zealand. A ‘family group’ contains approximately 25 adults of different ages from young adults to great grandparents, single, married, divorced, widowed. We try for a mixture of children of all ages within the groups. It is a ‘family for all and is not exclusive to Catholics only.


The primary function of the Passionist Family Group Movement is to build community within a parish. The parish community getting to know and love those within their parish community, supporting and celebrating their faith and values.

Aims and Goals:

1. To share our Christian life together

2. To support each other in times of need and celebration

3. To give example to, and involve our children in, our Christian sharing

4. To live and love like the early Christians – ‘See how they love one another’

5. To build and promote community spirit within the parish


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