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Include a gift in your Will

Leave a lasting legacy of faith

Your gift will help shape the future of your diocese.

Your Will is a celebration of your life, a reflection of who you are and what you value most. From the people you love, to the causes you support, your Will is an opportunity to make a lasting difference.

Leaving a gift to the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch is a powerful way of celebrating your Catholic faith and supporting the work of your diocese.

And it is easy to do.

Your gift will leave a legacy of faith and support the mission of your parish, the Catholic Church, and the faith of future generations.

To find out more, download this Legacies Guide

Leaving a gift in your Will is easy

Begin by reflecting on what is important to you and talk to your loved ones.
Next, talk to your legal advisor. If you already have an existing Will, you won’t need to write a new one. Your lawyer can write up a codicil and add this to your Will.

If you decide to leave a gift to the diocese in your Will, here is some important information to use:

  • Our Name: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Christchurch Diocesan Trust
  • Our Charity Registration Number: CC33341
  • Our Address: PO Box 4544, Christchurch 8140
  • Other important wording can be found in this complimentary guide that you can download here. We recommend discussing with your legal advisor what wording is best for you.
  • If you feel comfortable telling us, we would love to know if you have left a gift to the diocese. We want to thank you for remembering the diocese in your Will and discuss what you hope your gift will help to accomplish. Please email legacies@cdoc.nz or call 03 366 9869.

Contact us today to talk in confidence

The generosity of David and Lois Attwood is an outward reflection of their Catholic faith.

“We have been married 54 years,” says Lois. “And during that time, our faith has always been part of our daily lives.”

The couple are selfless, freely giving of their time and resources to benefit the Opihi Parish and wider community. Both David and Lois are members on the parish council; David is the parish property manager and Lois is a eucharist minister.

Helping the church continue its mission

As well as serving the parish with their time, David and Lois have donated generously by making a pledge and leaving a much larger gift in their Will.

“Leaving a gift in our Will has allowed us to be major donors”, says David. “It doesn’t cost anything now, but will have a big impact in the future.”
“Remembering the church and helping to continue its mission is a small sacrifice in comparison to how Christ gave his life,” adds Lois.

The couple don’t dwell too much on what they have done though.
“It was an easy decision to make,” says David. “It reflects our desire to see the work of the church continue after we are gone. Until then, we’ll keep on serving as best we can.”


The Catholic Diocese of Christchurch invites donors who have planned a future gift to join the Rejoice Always Society.

This Society is our way of thanking individuals who have made a special commitment to the future of the Diocese.

Members of the Rejoice Always Society receive an invitation to the society’s annual Mass and luncheon as well as regular updates from the Bishop and the Diocese.

“I am inspired to give to the Church because of the history of our families here in Akaroa. My grandchildren are the seventh generation to be part of this parish. I give to honour those who came before us, and to demonstrate our willingness to give to those still to come.”

Ged Foley, Akaroa Parish

“I want to build upon the history of my family as benefactors, givers, and volunteers to our Church. This is a part of our family’s tradition.”

Linda O’Brien, Christchurch East Parish