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As Bishop of Auckland I welcome you to our website, which is part of our mission to bring and share the Good News of Jesus Christ who said, “I have come that you may have life and have it in abundance.” (John 10:10)

May it assist you to discover the hope, the joy and the peace of the message of Jesus in the worship, the people and the activities of our Catholic community of the Diocese of Auckland.

Above all may you find here the person of Jesus, who is at the very heart of who we are and all that we do.

May God bless you.

Bishop of Auckland

The Season of Lent

The season of Lent calls us to reflection and action through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. This is particularly relevant in this Year of Mercy when Pope Francis reminds us.

For all of us, then, the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year is a favourable time to overcome our existential alienation by listening to God's word and by practising the works of mercy. In the corporal works of mercy we touch the flesh of Christ in our brothers and sisters who need to be fed, clothed, sheltered, visited; in the spiritual works of mercy – counsel, instruction, forgiveness, admonishment and prayer – we touch more directly our own sinfulness. The corporal and spiritual works of mercy must never be separated. By touching the flesh of the crucified Jesus in the suffering, sinners can receive the gift of realizing that they too are poor and in need.

The Year of Mercy – The Pastoral Plan in Action

"But go and learn what this means 'I desire mercy not sacrifice'". Matthew 9:13

The Year of Mercy invites us to walk into the challenge of living the Christian life. To be forgiven and to forgive others. It is a year of reflection and action as we implement the Diocesan Pastoral Plan – Fit for Mission The first priority of Fit for Mission is Go! Parishes, communities, and schools are asked to focus more specifically and practically on reaching out to those outside our communities. To find ways and means to draw them more fully to know and love Christ Jesus. This is what the Church calls mission ad extra (to those beyond our normal boundaries).
A framework for mission and mercy is to explore the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy

Let us abandon all
and dread, for these
do not befit men and
women who are loved.
Instead, let us live the
joy of encounter with
the grace that
transforms all.
Pope Francis

Diocesan News


Last chance to send submissions regarding Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide
28-01-2016 | Lyndsay Freer

Closing date for submissions to the Health Select Committee is this Monday, 1st February * Email and online submissions will be accepted by Parliament until midnight on February 1.  It is not recommended to  leave this to the last minute, as there can be delays even in sending electronic messages. * Written submissions postmarked on 1st […]


Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God and World Day of Peace
02-01-2016 | Lyndsay Freer

New Year’s Day 2016 Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God and World Day of Peace Bishop Patrick Dunn celebrates Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral, pictured here with Monsignor Bernard Kiely and Father Larry Rustia. Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God – World Day of Peace, 1 January 2016 […]


How to make a submission to The Select Health Committee Inquiry on Euthanasia
15-12-2015 | Lyndsay Freer

The Diocesan Justice & Peace Commission gives comprehensive information on writing and sending a submission to the Health Select Committee on the above The Health Select Committee has received a petition requesting “That the House of Representatives investigate fully public attitudes towards the introduction of legislation which would permit medically-assisted dying in the event of a terminal illness […]


Auckland Dioceses Year of Mercy Mass Liturgical dance
12-12-2015 | superadmin

Liturgical dance by students from St Joseph’s Primary School Otahuhu for the Opening Mass for the Year of Mercy at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Auckland on Tuesday 8 December 2015. Credit: Background music “The Circle of Mercy” composed by Jeannette Goglia rsm.    


Bishop Pat Dunn blesses and opens the Holy Door of Mercy at St Patricks Cathedral
09-12-2015 | Lyndsay Freer

On 8 December, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, St Patrick’s Cathedral was overflowing, as well over a thousand people from across the diocese participated in the Inaugural Mass for the Year of Mercy. Bishop Pat was joined by the Bishop Emeritus of Mumbai, Most Rev Agnelo Gracias and the Bishop Emeritus of Rarotonga, Most Rev […]


Opening Doors of Mercy
08-12-2015 | Sian Owen

As the Jubilee Year of Mercy begins particular Doors of Mercy are being opened through-out the diocese. A 120+ strong crowd from Te Tai Tokerau, together with 9 priests, 3 Marist Brothers were among the first in the world to start the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy when entering the “Holy Door” at St Mary’s church, Motuti. A […]


Hato Petera College
08-12-2015 | Lyndsay Freer

The Catholic Diocese of Auckland is surprised and most concerned about the release of the media statement of December 7, 2015, by a group who represent themselves as board members of Te Whanau o Hato Petera Trust and signed by Murray Painting. Legal advice received is that this new group of Trustees is not legally constituted. […]


St Ben’s stained glass window on 2015 NZ postage stamp
04-12-2015 | Lyndsay Freer

The New Zealand Post $3 Christmas stamp this year features a stained glass window portraying part of the Nativity scene from the Marian Chapel in St Benedict’s Church in Newton. The window portrays the Magi (the three wise men) from the East following the star that leads them to the child Jesus in the stable […]


Diocese farewells popular educator
03-12-2015 | Lyndsay Freer

After 25 years in the position of Manager of Catholic Education Services for the Auckland Diocese, Neil Laurenson has decided it is time for him to retire.  A large gathering of diocesan staff farewelled him at a morning tea at Pompallier Diocesan Centre on Wednesday 3 December. Several tributes, not only to his influence on […]


The Year of Mercy in the Auckland Diocese
01-12-2015 | Lyndsay Freer

A message from Bishop Patrick Dunn The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy Year, announced by Pope Francis for the Church worldwide, begins on 8 December 2015 the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, to 20 December 2016 the Feast of Christ the King. In Auckland we will open the Year of Mercy with a Diocesan mass on […]

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