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Announcing the Aotearoa Catholic Youth Festival 2-3 December 2017, Auckland

We are seeking EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST for the Youth Festival. Please click here to fill out our brief form. There is no commitment at this stage, it is just to help us with our planning for this Diocese. Thank you!

The NZCBC's Youth Council is excited to announce that there will be a two day youth festival in Auckland this year featuring internationally renowned Catholic composer, musician and worship leader Matt Maher.  Do not miss out on this opportunity to connect with other Catholic youth throughout New Zealand.  We are hoping to get a strong Dunedin contingent going.  Talk to your local youth group leader and click here to watch for details as they unfold.


Music liturgy "Jam Session", 1 July, St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Winton. 

Starting with lunch at 12pm followed by music session from 1-3pm.  For anyone interested in parish music.  Cost: $2 to cover lunch.  To register please contact Amy: [email protected] or 03)474-5755



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!



Caritas Social Justice Workshop 5 August, 10am-2pm, Mercy Parish, South Dunedin

Caritas NZ will lead a Diocesan wide workshop entitled for Weaving Bonds of Belonging for all interested in sharing and/or initiating social justice programs in their parishes.   REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN! There is no cost and this is an excellent opportunity.  CLICK HERE to for full details and registration link.


David Haas in Dunedin!  

11th October at Holy Name, Dunedin North: 1:30-3:30pm Afternoon Retreat Session, "That You Might Have Life: Spirituality and the Call to Holiness" 

7-9pm Evening Workshop Session: "Music and Mass: Step by Step"

Cost: $15 per session

Click here for more information on David and the Dunedin Sessions he will offer


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.



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'