Applications are open for our new Archdiocesan formation programme starting in 2025

In 2025 the Archdiocese will begin running a new Adult Formation Programme, Called and Equipped which is a 1 year programme. Applications are open now and will close 15 October. Learn more about the programme and how to apply.

In 2025 the Archdiocese will begin running a new Adult Formation Programme, Called and Equipped which is a 1 year programme for lay people in parishes.

Application forms can be downloaded here.

Registration closes on 15 October 2024. For more information, email Lucienne at or call 04 496 1715.

Read on to learn more about the programme.

About the Programme

CALLED & EQUIPPED is a formation programme for lay people in parishes to support and encourage them in their roles in their parishes. It is a direct response to the call for formation highlighted in the recent Archdiocesan and global synods. The programme will run from February until mid-November each year, starting with the Alpha Course followed by fortnightly evening seminars, monthly Saturday workshops and a weekend retreat mid-year. A combination of face-to-face and online learning means you can join us, wherever you are in the Archdiocese.

The programme includes one on one accompaniment as well as small group dynamics. It is not an academic course, and no qualifications are needed to apply. All you need is an open heart, a willingness to learn and a desire to serve.

Programme Objectives

The programme is based on the premise that ministry and service arise from a life of intentional discipleship. The four main pillars of the programme are:

Engage in opportunities to deepen your personal relationship with God, and to better understand our Catholic faith.

Learn basic pastoral skills such as collaborative ministry; synodal listening; safe practices.

Explore how to build parish and community and develop supportive relationships in the context of small faith communities.

Explore your baptismal call to mission & evangelisation, and the challenge to be authentic witnesses in the Aotearoa New Zealand context.

Programme Options

Option 1 – Full year. Runs from the end of January until mid November each year. A combination of weeknight seminars, Saturdays workshops and two short weekends away.

Option 2 – Four modules in two years. Candidates can choose to spread the learning over two years. Each module encompasses the four learning objectives of the programme.

Who can apply?

We invite applications from lay people who are involved in their parishes within the Archdiocese of Wellington. As part of the application process, we ask for references from your Parish Pastoral Council and Parish Leadership Team, and an endorsement from your Parish Priest, as well as details of voluntary roles you have held in the Parish. For more information see the application form below.