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Bishop-elect Michael Dooley announced as seventh Bishop for the Diocese of Dunedin

 Fr. Michael Dooley

Fr. Michael Dooley

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.


Ordination to the Episcopate will be on Thursday 26th April at 6.00pm in the Dunedin Town Hall

Liturgical Installation as Bishop of Dunedin will be at 9.30am on Friday 27th April in St Joseph's Cathedral, Dunedin

Click on the following for the guide to the pronunciation of the responses for parts of the Ordination Mass:




PARABLES RETREAT:  Storytelling for Our Time.  4-6 May 2018 at Burns [email protected] Cross, 89 Church St., Mosgiel. Click here for more information and registration.


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MARRIAGE PREPARATION WEEKENDS for the Diocese of Dunedin:  2-3 June at Mercy Parish Centre, South Dunedin and 3-4 November at Tirohanga Camp.  Click here for registration and details.

What's happening

Combined Youth Adoration/Reconciliation Event

Who says the youth can’t sit in silence and pray?  We held our second annual Combined Youth Adoration and Reconciliation Event on 4th March. Youth groups and the young at heart from around the city gathered for a special time just to be with Jesus and one another.  It was moving to watch some of the children (as young as four!) praying creatively through play dough and colouring in front of the altar.  Reconciliation was available with several priests available for those who wanted to receive this sacrament.  Following our reflective hour, we gathered socially to share food and time with one another.

St. Valentine's Day Mass at St. Joseph's Cathedral

The Spirit of Love was present as couples, singles, religious, and children all gathered on the eve of St. Valentine's Day in St. Joseph's Cathedral.  There was beautiful music lead by Couples for Christ and Holy Name Parish evening choir, a touching anointing of the hands, and delicious fellowship over champagne and nibbles, which made for a special celebration.  Fr. Michael Dooley presided, reminding us that true love requires not only romance but also courage, as St. Valentine's martyrdom exemplified. It was a fitting feast to end ordinary time, before entering the more penitential season of Lent.  "And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:13


Filipino Sinulog Festival, honouring the Holy Child

The “Sinulog” Festival is one of the ways Filipinos venerate the image of the child Jesus which is also called “Santo Nino” (Holy Child). This is a popular festival that is not only a religious but also a cultural event reminding Filipinos of the birth of their faith as it has been introduced to their ancestors by the Spaniards. The word “Sinulog” is from the Filipino dialect called Cebuano and  loosely translates to “a current passing through water.”  This describes the dance movements. The Dunedin Filipino Catholic community with the help of the Youth and Couples for Christ has brought this festive event to Mercy Parish on the 27th January 2018. To watch the dance, check out https://www.facebook.com/angela.llamoso/videos/1967525766621121/


Congratulations to Jaewoo Lee on his Ordination as Deacon in the Dunedin Diocese, 4th December 2017


David Haas (with Michael Mangan) at Holy Name in Dunedin North

David Haas delighted the people in Dunedin on October 11th with two sessions.  The afternoon session was an interactive session on supporting ministers in music which attracted an ecumenical crowd.  In the evening David shared his gifts of music and spirituality which enriched us all.