Arrangements for the ordination of Bishop-Elect Paul Martin SM

Dear Parishioners of our Diocese,

I am happy to invite you to the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-Elect Paul Martin SM on Sat 3rd March 11.00am at Christchurch Boys’ High School Auditorium, 71 Straven Road. God bless. Fr Rick Loughnan (Diocesan Administrator)

Ordination Date:

The ordination for Bishop-elect Paul will take place on Saturday 3rd March, 11am

Following the ordination there will be a reception in the school gymnasium.

Ordination Venue:

The venue is Christchurch Boy’s High School Auditorium

The venue capacity is large and holds 1400 people

Transport and Parking:

There will be no parking available in the grounds of Christchurch Boys’ High School. The best options are taxi/bus/drop off.

There will be a drop off area for the elderly or disabled.

Some parishes may be organising buses themselves, and the Diocese is making available a ‘park and ride’ options at three venues in the city.  Spaces are limited.  There will be buses travelling to the venue, leaving at 9.30am from:

  • St Teresa’s, Puriri Street, Riccarton.
  • Holy Trinity, 108 Jeffreys Rd, Bryndwr.
  • St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, 373 Manchester St

The buses will depart from Christchurch Boys’ High at 2.30pm. If you miss the return bus you will need to make your own return arrangements.  To book a seat on one of these buses, please let your parish secretary know by Wednesday 21st February.


Public buses run past Christchurch Boys High and are a good option.

Video of the Ordination:

The ordination will be videoed – it will not be shown live-stream but will soon after the ordination be loaded online for viewing


There are a number of motels close to Christchurch Boy’s High School.

Below are some links. Please enquire direct to the motels as the Diocese is not arranging accommodation.

Ashleigh Court Motel:

The Towers on the Park:

Kauri Motel on Riccarton:

Deans Bush Motel:

Riccarton Mall Motel:

Further information:

More information will be added here as plans unfold