National Vocations Awareness Week

(April 30th – May 6th, 2023) “You matter to God – Everyone has a vocation.” According to St. Thomas Aquinas (1225 -1274), everything in the world has a purpose and […]


In February, I joined with 500 participants from throughout Australasia at the first Divine Renovation Australasia Conference. It was held at St Declan’s Parish and Marist Catholic College, Penshurst, in […]

The Rite of Election 2023

The Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion are important steps for those desiring to be baptised and received into full communion in the Catholic Church. This celebration […]

Anne McCormack

Anne McCormack, who died in Christchurch in December after a lengthy illness, was the director of Catholic Social Services for three decades, and became widely known and respected in the […]

Papal Honour Awarded in Fairlie

Pope Francis recently awarded the Benemerenti medal to Pauline Gallagher in recognition of over 60 years of exceptional service to the Catholic Church in the Mackenzie Parish. The name Benemerenti, […]

Clergy Jubilee 2022

On 12 December, Mass was offered to celebrate the anniversaries of the Ordination to Priesthood of BishopMichael Gielen and Fr Benito Velasco, 25 years, having been ordained in 1997. We […]

Fr Paulo recognised in New Year Honours

Congratulations to Christchurch East Priest Fr Paulo Filoialii, who was recognised in the New Year Honours earlier this year. Fr Paulo was awarded a New Zealand Order of Merit for […]

From our Bishop

At this time, when we reflect on Christ’s suffering, it is appropriate that we also remember the devastation experienced by so many in our country. We especially recall the loss […]

Hoatu Fund

Applications for Hoatu Fund are now open The Hoatu Fund provides funding to assist vulnerable women, children and families with material and spiritual needs. Parishes, Schools and Organizations are invited […]