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2019 Clergy Shifts for the Diocese of Palmerston North

WelCom December 2018:

Bishop Charles Drennan has announced the following clergy moves.

Fr Nathaniel Brazil

Assistant Priest, Catholic Parish of Whanganui – Te Pārihi Katorika ki Whanganui, and the parish of Waverley-Patea.

Fr Dave Gledhill sm

Semi-retired residing in Ōtaki (Archdiocese of Wellington) with some ministry to the Māori Apostolate in the Palmerston North Diocese.

Fr Manoj Mathew ic

Parish Priest of St Mary’s Palmerston and St Brigid’s Feilding (previously Administrator).

Fr Adonis Rancho

Parish Priest of Immaculate Conception Stratford (including the communities of Eltham and Kaponga).

North Taranaki

Mid-year it is likely that Deacon Vui Hoang will be appointed Assistant Priest, Catholic Parish of New Plymouth – Te Pārihi Katorika ki Ngāmotu.


The communities of Pahiatua, Dannevirke, Woodville and Eketahuna will be served by the priests of Manawatu for the first half of 2019. In time a further appointment will be made.