Most Reverend Peter Cullinane

Most Reverend
Peter Cullinane

Emeritus Bishop of Palmerston North


Private Bag 11012,
Manawatu Mail Centre
Palmerston North 4442
New Zealand



  • Born in Dannevirke, 29 November 1936
  • Educated at Waiaruhe primary school; St. Joseph's primary school, Dannevirke; Marist Brother's secondary school, Palmerston North; Holy Name Seminary, Christchurch; College "Brignole Sale", Genoa, Italy; St. Peter's College, Rome; University Alphonsianum - Moral Theology; University Angelicum - Dogmatic Theology; University of Otago - Master's in Theology
  • Ordained at Brignole Sale College, Genoa, on 23 December 1961
  • Appointments held since ordination: Sacred Heart Parish , Wellington; Secretary - Matrimonial Tribunal 1970 - 1972; Advocate - Matrimonial Tribunal 1974; Professor - Faculty of Holy Cross College (Mosgiel) lecturing in Theology 1969 - 1977; Staff member - Diocesan Pastoral Centre (Palmerston North) 1972
  • Ordained Bishop for the Palmerston North Diocese at St. Patrick's Palmerston North, 23 April 1980
  • Retired 22 February 2012
  • Bishop member of the Board of New Zealand Catholic Education Ltd; member of the NZCBC Commission for the Church in Society.