Archdiocesan Young Church Ministries is a coordination, formation and information hub for young people and those ministering with them. These are some of our activities:

Young Church Ministries Archdiocese of Wellington

World Youth Day – This year we celebrated World Youth Day locally, with Parishes following Pope Francis’ call to Arise!

Our Key Ministries

Berigan House – Young Adult Community House. 4 Kelburn parade, Kelburn (Opposite Victoria University Kelburn campus)

Berigan House is a great place for students to find Catholic community at university. The door is always open for students to pop in for a chat, a cup of tea or a meal, and they host Mass and dinner at 6pm Wednesday evenings.

Life Teen Wellington – St Anne’s Church Newtown, 5pm Sundays. @lifeteenwellington –

Challenge 2000 – helping young people.

Young Vinnies

Catholic Young Professionals@cypwellington

Te Awa Kairangi United Youth Group – Ss Peter and Paul Church Lower Hutt, Sunday evenings. @sspp_unitedyouthgroup

For a Synodal Church: Communion – Participation – Mission

Young Church Ministries Archdiocese of Wellington
Listening – Discernment – Journey – Mission – Future – Sharing – Creativity – Communion – Authenticity
These are some of the themes we will be reflecting on in the coming weeks as we embark on a journey with Catholics around the world. In the words of Pope Francis, “we need creativity of the Gospel, not ‘a defensive Catholicism”. This global synod gives us all the opportunity to listen to the Holy Spirit, reflect on what it means to be the People of God journeying together, and be creative as we imagine a Church of the future where all are welcome and nobody is left behind.

Young Church Ministries Archdiocese of Wellington
In July 2020 representatives from all over the Archdiocese gathered for our Shaping the Mission consultation event. On Friday night Isabella McCafferty and Rhegan Tu’akoi spoke to the realities facing both young people and the Church as a whole. Their presentations were dynamic and entirely relevant to our present context. On Saturday we checked in with our progress as a diocese in terms of our engagement with the young church, reflecting on the Synod outcomes from 2017. We also had the chance to critically engage with each other’s miniseries; learning about the different contexts we operate in and offering support and advice.
All in all it was a wonderful opportunity to gather, post-lockdown, and we look forward to seeing what unfolds in the months to come.

Archdiocesan Youth Ministries Team

Write to us:

Louise Lloyd, Young Church Ministries

Young Church Ministries Archdiocese of Wellington
Louise Lloyd, Young Church MInistries

“You can become what God your Creator knows you are, if only you realise that you are called to something greater” – Pope Francis, Christus Vivit.

Youth Ministry is what brought me closer to God as a teenager and helped me to grow in my faith, so I’m really passionate about creating similar environments where young people can develop their own faith, feel God’s love and know that they are called to something greater.

I’m incredibly lucky that I get to create these environments and build relationships with young people and youth ministers through coordinating Life Teen Wellington, leading at XLT, living at Mary’s Mantle community and now coordinating Young Church Ministries for the Wellington Archdiocese.

My hope is that the young church is a place of inspiration and revival, where we can all encourage each other to be who God has called us to be.

Let me know how I can help! Contact me at or

Chris Duthie-Jung: Director, Church Mission

Being involved in contemporary mission ministry in our local Church is both challenging and immensely rewarding.

I come to this role as a husband, a father and a pastoral theologian. Being part of my own family’s faith journey has taught me the necessity of connecting the theological with everyday life. This is our mission and it applies equally well for my Church Mission team wherever we are working – in family and young church ministry, parish leadership support and formation, marriage ministry or adult faith formation.

I personally bring to my work a passion for tomorrow’s Church. Everything we do today impacts on how and who we will be as Gospel people in the years ahead. Please do contact me or anyone on the Church Mission team to see how we can assist your faith community in becoming more effective as Catholic Christians together in a new era.

Young Church Ministries Archdiocese of Wellington

To contact Chris:
04 496 1759   021 0230 5149