New Church Mission team for Archdiocese of Wellington

WelCom June/July 2021 Chris Duthie-Jung As an archdiocese, we seek to ensure we act wisely as we identify and respond to local community needs. Changes at the archdiocesan centre recently,…

WelCom June/July 2021

Chris Duthie-Jung

New Church Mission team for Archdiocese of Wellington Archdiocese of Wellington
Church Mission team members based at the Archdiocese Catholic Centre on Hill St, Wellington, l-r, back: Christine Walkerdine; Maya Bernado; Mika Teofilo; Felicity Giltrap; front: Chris Duthie-Jung; Lucienne Hensel; Frank Doherty. Photo: WelCom

As an archdiocese, we seek to ensure we act wisely as we identify and respond to local community needs. Changes at the archdiocesan centre recently, to our support of local pastoral ministry, have been made to enable us to better serve pastoral needs in the archdiocese.

Significant has been the merger of Parish Leadership Ministry and Marriage, Family and Young Church Ministry, into a single new department called Church Mission. Most of the projects and services previously offered are continuing
in this new structure but there will be more opportunity for collaboration in pastoral support and without duplication. 

Lay pastoral leaders, college youth ministers and Catholic centre-based pastoral staff make up the diverse but well-connected pastoral team.

Other projects managed or assisted by Church Mission include the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council; parish leadership support; adult faith and liturgy formation; ‘Having Life to the Full’ course; and many more. 

We work closely with school and social service teams to assist local faith communities around the archdiocese. 

Parish pastoral councils, pastoral and teaching staff, volunteer leaders and parishioners are warmly invited to contact our team members if we can help with pastoral and ministry issues where you are. We look forward to working with you!

Church Mission: Who is involved and who do you contact?

What we doWho we areWhere we are working
Three lay pastoral leaders are serving and working in the parishes.Barbara Rowley Te Awakairangi

Debbie Matheson The Cathedral 

Joe GreenWellington South
Five YC (Young Church) Tuākana: college youth ministers have been appointed to work among five of our nine Catholic Colleges until the end of this year.Jacob MadiganSt Pat’s Town

Sophia Nunns-SmithChanel College

Teariki AkaviBishop Viard College

Teresa RaynerSt Catherine’s College

John RichardsSt Bernard’s College
The Church Mission team members based at the Wellington Catholic Centre on Hill St, Thorndon, are located to the right of the front doors inside the entrance, and regularly meet parishioners and leaders as well as going out to parishes and schools. The team covers a range of ministry support.
Ministry supportManager/FacilitatorContact
Launch Out – formation programme for lay pastoral leaders, chaplains and pastoral ministers in generalMaya Bernardom.bernardo@wn.catholic.org.nz (04) 496-5182
Marriage Ministries – marriage preparation, enrichment, marriage documentation and recordsFelicity Giltrapf.giltrap@wn.catholic.org.nz
(04) 496-1719
Samoan Chaplaincy supportMika Teofilom.teofilo@wn.catholic.org.nz
(04) 496-1707
Family Ministries – includes ‘Building Families of Faith’ programme with parents of younger school-age children and new Sacramental Programme (see below).Lucienne Hensell.hensel@wn.catholic.org.nz
(04) 496-1715
Stewardship, Alpha and general parish supportChristine Walkerdinec.walkerdine@wn.catholic.org.nz
(04) 496-1706
Administration assistance – includes advice on parish copyright licensing and InFoodle databasingFrank Dohertyf.doherty@wn.catholic.org.nz
(04) 496-1701