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  Prison Chaplain Opportunity

The Catholic Diocese of Dunedin has a vacancy for a part-time prison chaplain at the Otago Corrections Facility near Milton.

The prison chaplain offers a privileged ministry to inmates and has a vital role to play in assisting prisoners re-integrate with family and society after release and avoid re-offending.  The Catholic chaplain at the Otago Corrections Facility works as part of an ecumenical chaplaincy team and is responsible for volunteers who assist with prayer services and other forms of pastoral care.

The role requires a special combination of experience, skill, formation and personal qualities.  Applicants should demonstrate a personal faith commitment, relevant pastoral formation and experience, a high level of personal maturity and judgment, a resilient personality and success in working in teams.

Applicants should note that the successful candidate will be subject to pre-employment screening required by the Department of Corrections.

For further information in confidence, contact Fr Michael Dooley by email at [email protected]   Applicants should submit a CV and brief cover letter to the same email by Friday 9 June.

Dunedin Young Catholics combined event 8 July

Starting with a 6pm candlelit Mass at St. Patrick's Basilica, South Dunedin& followed by s'mores and songs by the campfire .  All welcome.  Hope to see you there!


Relationship Encounter Course 11-12 November 2017

For Engaged couples preparing for marriage and already married couples looking to strengthen their commitment to one another.  Click here for more details and event registration.

Wondering what is happening around our Diocese in 2017?  Click here for a calendar of this years Diocesan Pastoral Events.  Click here to see dates of what is happening in our schools.



The Catholic Institute (TCI) offers block course papers right here in our Diocese (both Dunedin and Invercargill) taught by our local, knowledgable people.  If you've ever thought about taking one click here to see what is on offer in person this year in our Diocese.



What's new

Shane Claiborne led a Social Justice Leadership Workshop for our Catholic secondary schools at Burns Lodge at Holy Cross on March 15th.  The interactive day including inspiring stories of Shane's modern Gospel living and in depth discussions about how the youth of Otago and Southland can live out The Way of Jesus in their own neighbourhoods.  He also spoke at Holy Name to an enthusiastic crowd that same evening.  The ecumenical audience went away reinvigorated to live out the Gospel in our part of the world.


Margaret Galiardi OP and Sharon Zayac OP, traveled around our Diocese inspiring us to connect with our planet through both meditation and action.  Encouraging us to realise how all living things are connected, they left workshop and retreat participants filled with hope of our sustainable future while challenging us to look into what personal or communal attitudes and behaviours we need to adopt in this time of Great Transition for our planet. 

Compassion Sisters Margaret Anne Mills and Josephine Gorman treated Parishioners around Dunedin with inspiring stories of Suzanne Aubert's life and beatification process. Suzanne is New Zealand's first candidate for sainthood.  (Click on right to see more photos).


Praise Be- The Spirit of Laudato Si and the Universe Story.  

Gail Worcelo, Sister of Mercy from Vermont USA, offered a workshop in Mosgiel where she explored the mystery of our evolutionary journey and deep connectivity with universe, earth and each other.  Several panels from the art exhibit, A Confluence of All Beings were on display and accompanied us with our exploration.  We are called from an individualistic way to the mystery of love in the “Via Collectiva”.  She created an environment where we could see “What is emerging” and “Who are we called to be”. She reminded us that inner and outer work in the world go hand and hand.  (Click on right to see more photos).


Bishop Colin and Bishop Pat Dunn speak about Suzanne Aubert- 'NZ's saint in the making'