Archdiocesan Young Church Ministries

Archdiocesan Young Church Ministries is a coordination, formation and information hub for young people and those ministering with them. We’d love to hear from you – visit our Facebook page and be in touch. These are some of our activities:

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Stay tuned for updates on our events on Facebook and here

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Over the weekend (Fri 10th – Sat 11th) 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.

Young Catholic Leader – was held from the 8th – 13th December 2019 at Forest Lakes Camp, Otaki.

Young Church Mass – An opportunity to meet the young people in the different catholic communities. Get in touch with us if your community would like to host the first Young Church Mass in 2020.

On Campus – Berrigan House: Young Church house of hospitality in the Catholic Worker tradition. All always welcome!
Address: 4 Kelburn Parade, Wellington.


The Takirua 2020: Shaping the Mission conference planned for Wellington this weekend from 24 to 26 April has been cancelled because of uncertainties caused by the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
The decision to cancel has been made to provide clarity and certainty for people in planning for the post-Covid-19 environment.
The conference was jointly promoted by Catholic Network of Marriage Educators and the NZ Catholic Bishops’ Council for Young People.

For more detailed information click on this link

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World Youth Day – Managing participation of young people from the Archdiocese.

Challenge 2000 – helping young people.

Young Vinnies

Elephant Issues– Next one coming soon!
This is a forum to explore difficult topics in young Church ministry – the elephants in the room! They are aimed at people who are doing ministry with young people in the context of faith. The topic for August was: Black Lives Matter or All Lives Matter: Words Matter?

on the 4th Aug night we gathered for our second Elephant Issues. We had a good time engaging in robust conversation about racism in Aotearoa. We also took the time to recognise our call to uphold the dignity of all people, especially those who experience racism of any kind. Thank you to all who participated in this conversation! 

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Introducing: ADW Young Church Tuākana!
The Marriage, Family, and Young Church team has expanded! Teresa, Magdalena, John, and Reuben joined our team in December 2019 to help lead YCL, before beginning ministry in colleges in late January. Since then they have each been working with senior students in four different colleges: St Bernard’s, St Catherine’s, Sacred Heart, and St Patrick’s (Kilbirnie). Despite the unpredictable and challenging nature of Covid-19 lock down the Tuākana continue to accompany the students in their colleges, acting as ambassadors for the relevance and value of the Catholic Christian faith today.

Life Teen local – St Anne’s Church (Wgtn Sth Parish), @lifeteenwellington

Life Teen national – Camp and Convention –

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XLT – Praise, worship, and adoration at Saint Anne’s Church Hall, Newtown.

SEEK2020 – 8th November. More details to follow soon.

Bishops Council for Young People – Contact Young Church at


Archdiocesan Youth Ministries Team

Write to us:
Danielle Webb, Marian Lima and Chris Duthie-Jung

Marian LimaConsultant: Young Church Ministries 

If I could have a superpower it would be “The touch of positivity!”

I’ve been into the digital marketing industry for over 6 years and like doing it with my touch of positivity.

Being a youth, I always thought I wasn’t being heard and so I’d like to let all the young people known that your voice is very important and valued here in the Archdiocese. I believe what Pope Francis has rightly said, “The young people are the Church of today” and I would love to work towards this mission.

The part I love most about my mission is that it involves “The Young People”, lots of interactions, camps, discussions and a lot of prayer time. Having recently moved to Wellington, I do feel warm and welcomed into the Archdiocese. I am also passionate about dancing and choreography, photography, socializing, art and craft, travelling and exploring.

If you need help or just a simple discussion do feel free to contact me with any questions you might have. Keep smiling and God bless!

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To contact Marian:
022 534 2309 / 04 496 1731

Danielle Webb, Coordinator, Young Church Ministries

Being part of a Young Church Ministries Ministries Team is a valuable part of my life as it allows me to make meaningful connections and build relationships within the Archdiocese.

I approach my role guided by the values of manaakitanga and whanaungatanga, and my hope is to work with others to foster a sense of community and belonging for young people in the Church. My early adult life has been formed within intentional Christian communities which seek to live Gospel values in everyday life. This has given me a passion for social justice and a commitment to Catholic social teaching which calls us to live justly in a world faced by a multitude of social problems.

Please be in touch if you have any questions or would like to know more about youth ministry in the Archdiocese.

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To contact Danielle: 
04 496 1701 \ 021 0254 3407

Chris Duthie-Jung, Director: Family and Young Church Ministries

Being involved in ministry with families and young people is a hugely rewarding endeavour.

I come to this role as a married Catholic man with three young adult children. Being part of my own family’s faith journey has taught me how to connect the theological formation I have received with the everyday life of Catholics today. This is our mission and it fits equally well whether we are working in marriage preparation, adult faith formation or youth and young adult ministry.

I personally bring to my role a background in pastoral theology, Catholic education and young church ministries. Please contact me if I can assist.

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To contact Chris:
04 496 1759   021 0230 5149