Diocesan News

Free cooking courses for the elderly
15-03-2018 | Lyndsay Freer

Our Lady of Fatima parish in Meadow is one of the parishes that has generously agreed to host these cooking courses for the elderly which are being run by the NZ Nutrition Foundation. Each course will be held once a week for four consecutive weeks. (See details on link below for the Meadowbank course which […]

New bishop for Dunedin appointed by Pope Francis
26-02-2018 | Lyndsay Freer

Pope Francis has appointed Father Michael Dooley as the new Bishop of the Dunedin Diocese. Bishop-Elect Michael will be the seventh Bishop of Dunedin and succeeds Bishop Colin Campbell who has served in this role for almost 14 years. The President of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC) Bishop Patrick Dunn said, “Father Michael’s […]

Applications are now open for grants from the Catholic Caring Foundation for 2018
19-02-2018 | Lyndsay Freer

The Bishop’s charitable organisation, the Catholic Caring Foundation, is now accepting applications for grants from organisations that strengthen or support families, individuals and communities in need, or suffering from the effects of poverty within the Auckland Diocese. All grant applications close on Fri, April 13th, 2018 at 5.00 p.m. To download an application form please […]

NZ Catholic bishops’ letter to all parishioners on the ‘End of Life Choice Bill’ which seeks to legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide
28-01-2018 | Lyndsay Freer

23 January 2018  Dear Parishioners, As many of you will know, in December 2017, David Seymour’s ‘End of Life Choice’ bill had its first reading in Parliament and was voted through to the Justice Select Committee. This Bill, which seeks to legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide, is something that we, the Bishops of New Zealand, […]

New document on religious education from the National Centre for Religious Studies
25-01-2018 | Lyndsay Freer

Poipoia te kakano kia puawai – Nurture the seed and it will blossom. This year, teachers of Religious Education (RE) in Catholic Primary schools, and Year 7-8 of some Catholic Secondary Schools, throughout Aotearoa New Zealand will have access to a new curriculum guide provided by the National Centre for Religious Studies (NCRS). From term […]

New director for the Catholic Church’s National Office for Professional Standards is well placed for challenges ahead
24-01-2018 | Lyndsay Freer

The National Professional Standards Committee (NOPS) has appointed former Christchurch lawyer and mother of two, Virginia Noonan, to the role of Director, National Office of Professional Standards (NOPS). Ms Noonan, most recently working as the inaugural Safeguarding Coordinator for the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch, will take up this new role in January 2018. NOPS is […]

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