Faith & Service Council

Summary of Meeting Discussion

Points Under Discussion @ Meeting – Wednesday 14th June 2017 

  • The Council is looking to revisit some of the suggestions raised around the Diocese during their 2014 ‘Road Trips.’
  • The Dunedin Diocese will be represented at the Wellington Justice & Peace Diocesan Day on June 23 by Lynne Toomey.
  • Matt Maher the world-renowned singer, composer and worship leader will be visiting New Zealand for a mini Youth Day, 2/3 December in Auckland.  It is encouraged that schools, parishes, youth groups and individuals will get behind fund raising and sponsorship so that many of our young people can take part in this unique event.
  • It was discussed that it would be timely to present again opportunities for new readers, Eucharistic Ministers at Mass and to the housebound/aged care facilities with instructional and supportive workshops.


We welcome your feedback…


12 October 2016

  • The Sent by Christ programme is getting underway across the Diocese, with about 900 participants enrolled
  • Following on from the Hunt for the Jesus People youth leadership event, seven ideas have been identified for investigation and action.  Click here for further details
  • The Council will be promoting a half-day seminar with Shane Claiborne, a noted Christian social activist, in March 2017 - details to follow.  Click here for a video clip about Shane
  • Supporting parish leadership in areas of liturgy, faith development, social justice and pastoral outreach will be the focus for the Council in 2017

18 August 2016

  • The Council welcomed three new appointees: Liz Smillie from Oamaru, Stephanie Swann from Lawrence and Michelle Tili from Dunedin.
  • The follow-up programme to the ‘Called By Christ’ sessions held last year is now at the printers and will be rolled out shortly across the Diocese.  As with last year, there will be several weeks' lead-in with promotion and sign-up, then the programme will be available from late September.  The sequel is called Sent By Christ and will follow the same format as last year.
  • Discussion is continuing within the Council regarding the role of Justice & Mercy Co-ordinator for the Diocese.  Expressions of interest have been received for this.
  • Continuing the emphasis on Music Ministry across the Diocese this year, the timetable is set for Michael Mangan’s Liturgy & Music Retreat weekend to be held at Burns Lodge Holy Cross from 9-11 September.  Registrations are still open for this ‘must attend’ event for all those with a heart for liturgy & music.
  • ‘Hunt for the Jesus People’ youth leadership event is on Saturday 3rd September.  Please register your young leaders for this day of inspiration, discussion, music, Mass, fun and food.  Click here for details.

Feedback welcome to Stephanie Bowden at

24 February 2016

  • The 2016 Diocesan Action Plan is ‘our’ Plan; with which all Councils need to assist.  Full copy is on-line.
  • As stated earlier there are some Youth initiatives in the pipeline.
  • It is planned to have a follow-up to the ‘Called By Christ’ programme probably at a similar time as last year.  Colin MacLeod is keen to formulate this in a similar format to that used successfully last time. Others will be invited to help; this needs to be formalised in terms of dates and content.
  • It is important that we are seen to encourage our Parishes to ‘do something' under the Action Plan headings e.g. send someone to a Retreat, a Music Session, how are the Youth, the Elderly, the Refugee/new Immigrants etc.?
  • The Leadership Lab concept is still in the test tube but once underway will support the development of Priests and Lay people working collaboratively, particularly within Pastoral Areas, so that Leaders emerge working alongside one another to ensure all aspects of Parish life are covered.
  • The visit by Fr Chris Skinner from 29April – 8May will see him around the Diocese; in Bluff, signing CD’s at ‘Full of Grace’ and also including a weekend each in Dunedin and Invercargill.

13 October 2015

  • The time of Synod across the Diocese is coming to an end with Faith Refresher meetings in Oamaru and Invercargill. Responses to the ‘Called by Christ’ programme were mostly positive and felt to have enriched the group/parishes that took part.
  • Preparations are continuing for a Diocesan Leadership day 31st October with speakers and an opportunity for constructive small group discussion.
  • Discussion is continuing within the Council regarding the idea of a Justice & Peace Co-ordinator role for the Diocese.
  • Music Ministry will be an ongoing focus with personnel for Diocesan-wide workshops under investigation.
  • Amy Armstrong will be the contact/resource person across the region for the ‘Year of Mercy’ beginning in December.  
  • Faith & Service and Education Council members along with the Lay Formation Committee and Diocesan Board of Management will gather for a combined meeting Friday 27th November.

Terms of Reference Statement

We the Faith and Service Council commit ourselves to:

  • Listening to the needs of individuals and parishes throughout the diocese.
  • Facilitating communication between all parts of the diocese.
  • Ensuring continued formation programmes and ministry structures which support effective leadership and full participation in faith and worship throughout the diocese.
  • Liaising between existing and developing service groups.
  • Reaching out to those seeking reconnection.

Council Members are:

Bishop Colin Campbell
Rev Michael Dooley (Vicar General)
Tui Pasco, Chairperson (Invercargill)
Stephanie Bowden, Secretary (Balclutha)
Fr. Cipriano Fernandes (Dunedin)
Stephanie Swann (Lawrence)
Michelle Tili (Dunedin)
Liz Smillie (Oamaru)