Archbishop Paul Martin SM installation as Archbishop of Wellington

Archbishop Paul Martin SM will be installed as Archbishop of Wellington at 11am this Saturday 17 June at St Teresa’s Pro-Cathedral in Karori.

A YouTube video of the Installation Mass is here.

Archbishop Martin was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Wellington in January 2021, to assist and eventually replace Cardinal John Dew, who retired last month on reaching his 75th birthday.

Previously, Archbishop Martin was the Bishop of Christchurch, having been appointed there in December 2017 and consecrated in March 2018.

Archbishop Martin was born in Hastings in 1967, one of five children. He entered formation for the Society of Mary in February 1985 and studied theology and arts at Victoria University of Wellington. He completed a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology at the Angelicum University in Rome and studied to become a teacher.

He worked for 20 years in schools including as rector at St Patrick’s College in Wellington. He has also been bursar general of the Society of Mary in Rome.

Archbishop Martin SM is the General Secretary of the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference.