Father Larry Duffy, an Irish Marist, based in Rome on the Society of Mary International Leadership team visited Challenge 2000 this week.
After a powhiri and hakari he met with staff to hear about how things are for young people in Aotearoa New Zealand today and how Challenge 2000 meets the needs of our young people and their families.
Later in the day, Father Larry visited the Marist Challenge Youth houses and heard about this partnership and how it has changed lives. There was a strong spirit of hospitality, generosity, simplicity, mission, love and service.
Jacob and Chris shared their reflections on their connection with the Marists and Te Po, Heath, Daniel, Kirsty, Nicole, Therese, John, Keeley and others spoke of the growth and achievement in their lives.
A great night and BBQ!