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Roman Catholic Diocese of Dunedin

12 November 2018


The New Zealand Catholic Bishops and Catholic Religious orders have welcomed the inclusion of faith-based institutions in New Zealand’s Royal Commission into Abuse in State Care.

The Catholic Church sought to be included in the Royal Commission. Bishop Patrick Dunn, President of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference says, “The view we expressed during the consultation was that it would be wrong if some individuals were excluded from the Inquiry simply because their path of referral to an institution was different from someone else’s. We reaffirm our support and our desire to learn from this national undertaking which we are confident will contribute positively to the strengthening and safeguarding of our families, communities and society.”

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference – Te Huinga o ngā Pihopa Katorika o Aotearoa (NZCBC) and the Congregational Leaders’ Conference Aotearoa New Zealand (CLCANZ) have appointed a new group to ensure that the Catholic Church provides a co-ordinated and co-operative response to the Commission from all the many dioceses, congregations and institutions of the Church in this country. The new group is called Te Rōpū Tautoko.

Chair of the support group, Te Rōpū Tautoko, Catherine Fyfe said, “The way that lessons are learnt for today and the future is to examine, understand, acknowledge and address what has occurred. We will collectively work towards healing. To do that, we will support the Royal Commission with the information they need. We will review the Terms of Reference and look forward to working with the Commission as it progresses the next steps in this process.”

Employment opportunity:  Family Faith Formation Program Coordinator

The Catholic Diocese of Dunedin is seeking the employment of a self-motivated and creative person to establish a pilot faith formation program for young families in Dunedin.  This is a one-day a week position (7 hours) with a fixed term of 18 months. The successful applicant will be responsible for meeting and getting to know families of young children with the aim to develop and run and this pilot program. Applications close on the 23 November 2018.  For a full job description click here or email Amy: [email protected]



Singles for Christ Retreat and Fellowship Weekend. 16-18 November at Tirohanga Camp near Mosgiel. See Poster for more details and contact information.

What's Happening

Dunedin Young Catholics combined Youth Mass

On Saturday August 11th we held a Candle Light Vigil Mass at St. Patricks Basilica in South Dunedin, followed by hot chocolate and s'mores around the fire.  It was a moving service as youth from several Dunedin parishes gathered to worship together at Mass singing Taizé music. Special thanks to Mercy Parish for hosting and the Holy Name 7pm student choir for the music.  Scroll through these photos (by clicking right) to get a sense of the atmosphere of the evening.

 Chris Skinner SM concert in Bluff

Chris Skinner SM concert in Bluff

Click here for photos of the Chris Skinner 2018 Dunedin Diocese Tour Bishop Michael Dooley's Ordination

Watch the Ordination of Bishop Michael Dooley Here:

Bishop Micheal Dooley's Installation at St. Joseph's Cathedral, Dunedin on 27th April 2018