May 05, 2022
Compassion to fore for mōkai of the people
The new co-chief executive of the Sisters of Compassion says his appointment shows a willingness by the order to embrace matauranga Māori and Māori values.
Danny Karatea-Goddard has been an adviser with the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference and Vicar for Māori with the Catholic Archdiocese of Wellington.
He says the order’s founder, French nun Suzanne Aubert, also known as Meri Hōhepa, developed strong ties with Māori, including setting up a mission at Jerusalem on the Whanganui River and writing a guide to te reo Māori.
He’ll continue that spirit.
“I’ve got this title as co-CEO but I’ve always taken it as anyone who works for our people is a mōkai and that’s what we do, we serve our people and get on with the business and try to elevate things,” he says.
Deacon Karatea-Goddard will serve alongside Dr Chris Gallavin in running the organisation, whose activities include the Wellington Soup Kitchen and social services including a rest home, hospital and dementia care facility.