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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.


Caritas Social Justice Workshop 5 August, 9am-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.


‘Responses to Climate Change and the Challenges Facing the Church’

A conversation on climate change - to explore the challenges facing communities and the churches. The conversation will include a presentation by Prof Jonathan Boston (Victoria University of Wellington), which will address the need to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change.
Saturday 26 August: 10:00am -12noon

St Patrick's Community Centre, 40 Macandrew Road, Dunedin

Presented by the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, University of Otago


How To Be Church in a Changing World - Retreat

6-8 October 2017 - Burns Lodge at Holy Cross, Mosgiel

In a culture where secularity dominates, we want to explore what Church looks like and where it is thriving today.  While we all know, it is not in the pews, we wonder why not and how we can attract people to this Christ we so believe in?  Come on this retreat to explore these issues and more.  We will look at topics such as Mission, Ecumenism, Multiculturalism, and Spirituality.  To Register Click Here


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)

theology paper block courses are offered 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

Dunedin Young Catholics Candlelit Mass and Campfire - 8th July

It was a beautiful evening of candles and campfire at Mercy Parish on Saturday 8 July. Many youth and families came out to have a contemplative Taizé style Mass followed by fellowship around the campfire with s'mores under the moon.  Gooey fingers and smiling faces said it all.  Thanks to all who came out to share in celebrating our Dunedin Catholic Youth. 

St. Thomas Aquinas, Winton Parish hosted a group for a hot lunch and music "Jam Session" on Saturday 1st July.  People drove from far and wide to share music and ideas.  The weather was cold but the company was warm and the lunch delicious!  A special thanks to Julie Moylan and Pauline Mitchell and the others who hosted us all and thanks to all who attended and shared their joy of parish music!

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'