Most Reverend Charles Drennan

Most Reverend
Charles Drennan

Bishop of Palmerston North

Phone: (06) 357 1980
Fax: (06) 357 3624

33 Amesbury St
Palmerston North 4410

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



  • Born in Christchurch in 1960
  • Educated at Ilam school, St Teresa’s School, Kirkwood Intermediate and Christ’s College, all in Christchurch
  • Studied for priesthood at Holy Cross Seminary, Mosgiel and Propaganda Fide College, Rome.
  • Ordained at St Teresa’s parish, Riccarton, Christchurch on 14 June 1996 and on 28 September 1997 was received as an Ascribed member of the Institute of Charity (Rosminians).
  • Returned to Rome for post-graduate studies at the Gregorian University
  • Appointments held since ordination: Parish appointments in Hoon Hay and Bryndwr in Christchurch and in Timaru North; Holy Cross Seminary and Good Shepherd College, Auckland; Vatican Secretariat of State; Administrator of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament and Parish Priest of St Anne’s, Woolston; Chancellor of the Diocese of Christchurch;
  • Appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Palmerston North in February 2011
  • Ordained bishop at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Palmerston North on 11 June 2011
  • Installed as the second Ordinary of the Diocese of Palmerston North on 22 February 2012
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania
  • Bishop member of the Board of the New Zealand Catholic Education Office Ltd; member of the NZCBC Commission for the Church