Welcome to the Cenacle Region of Aotearoa New Zealand/Australia.




We companion people on their faith journey in the midst of life.  Living justice and Gospel values,
we draw from our experience of God, creating a place where people can encounter God.

Lampedusa Cross


This is a Lampedusa Cross. This and others like it were made by Francisco Tuccio, an Italian carpenter living on the island of Lampedusa, from the wood of ship-wrecked boats that landed on the coast of Lampedusa; boats that had carried, to their deaths, refugees from Eritrea and Somalia, desperately seeking safe land.

Pope Francis carried one of these crosses at a memorial Mass commemorating people who have died and Cardinal John Dew loaned the Cenacle sisters his Lampedusa cross for the Cenacle Family weekend 20–22 October. Here it is positioned on our own memorial table amongst pictures and tributes of friends and family we have lost over the year or who are currently struggling. We are very grateful to Cardinal Dew – the cross is a very powerful focus for prayer. You feel very close to all who have been lost to us and those living who need help – no matter how distant in human miles or experience.


A new walking meditation prayer – as one season changes to the next. Enjoy, enjoy!


I taste my soul

in the air of summer.

Freedom upon my breath

freedom within my heart

freedom around my shoulders.


I awaken my soul

in the air of spring.

Energy upon my breath

energy within my heart

energy around my shoulders.


I quieten my soul

in the air of autumn.

Peace upon my breath

peace within my heart

peace around my shoulders.


I surrender my soul

in the air of winter.

Depth upon my breath

depth within my heart

depth around my shoulders.


                   ©Anne Powell





Events and updates:

– Wonderful new section highlighting Anne Powell’s poetry – a piece by Anne herself on her poetry, read here.


– Very beautiful and effective guided meditation by Ray Norton, one of the Cenacle Companions, given at the Cenacle Family Weekend 20–22 October 2017. Read it here and enjoy using it. Here below is Ray, lighting the lamp at the gathering, just before sharing this meditation with us all.


– Write up on the public meeting of  25 September 2017 about Modern Slavery in New Zealand with speakers Peter Devoy and Dr Rebecca Miller from Immigration NZ click here














Peter Devoy, Immigration New Zealand; Sr Anne Powell; Dr Rebecca Miller, Immigration New Zealand

Articles of interest:

Stop Trafficking – anti human trafficking newsletter June 2017 (US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking).


– Sr Anne Powell RC  “Consumer Power Making a Difference”.


– Andrea Dean “The Living Hell of Modern Slavery”, published in Tui Motu InterIslands, issue 213, March 2017 (reprinted with the kind permission of Andrea Dean, the author, and Ann Gilroy RSJ, the Editor of Tui Motu InterIslands).
















Travina with her delicious pomegranate at the 24 September 2017 Cenacle Family monthly

get together..


Finding God in the midst of our daily life

Time for a Change

We are targets of time
racing through supermarkets
captured by meals in-a-moment

We are targets of time
hurrying on highways
arriving dead on time.

We are targets of time
possessed of longing for solitude
yearning for stillness of air.

                                                                             © Anne Powell



Finding God in the midst of our daily life! How do we do this?


We often meet people who are searching for meaning in their busy lives. This search takes people to different places… some go to church, others to book clubs, AA meetings, tai chi, to the bush or the beach. Many are looking for a spirituality that helps them make sense of their lives. Are you on this search? Do you sometimes long for solitude or to have someone to talk things over with, to have some space and time to get things in perspective again? Traditionally, many people have a spiritual companion, a spiritual director.


The Cenacle Team offers spiritual direction and retreats to anyone seeking a way to deepen their God-connection and discover opportunities to integrate spirituality and life. Through spiritual direction many discover a new relationship with Jesus who is no longer seen as far away, but as close, caring and challenging. In a world where violence surrounds us our God journey can lead us to be people of justice and peace.


In the Acts of the Apostles we read: "God is not far from any of us, since it is in God that we live and move and have our being." (Acts 17:28)


For more information contact:  The Cenacle Team 04 9057213 or email office@cenacle.org.nz.



Refugees Welcome in New Zealand!

Our Cenacle community in Waikanae stands in solidarity with millions of women, men and children who each day suffer as a result of war and violence.  We honour the innocent lives lost, both in war and conflict and in the desperate and dangerous journey to find a safe new home for all.  We take a stand – as so many people have come together around the world to say “Refugees Welcome in New Zealand!

We invite you to relect on Anne’s poem, Refuge of Spices.  Anne wrote this poem some years ago when she was in Hyde Park, London.  She retrieved a ball which a little boy had thrown and was unable to reach.  Anne and the mother of the child had a conversation. The family were refugees from Iraq.


Refuge of spices


The woman from Iraq tows

her children through the park.

Wind troubles her black 

robes painting a ship

sailing on a green sea.

Her children run free as waves.

The woman sits by the lake

Oasis in a strange land

lacking the hospitality  of raisins and sweet tea.

She throws bread to the two swans

that paddle her lostness to the other side.

Allows the solitude of swans

to carry her home where palms

and palaces welcome her

beneath the blue dome of sky.

Feels the desertion of exile

beneath her breast

beneath her fingernails

refuge of spices.

            © Anne Powell






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