Chaplaincies

A chaplain provides a compassionate pastoral presence to people, and can help them seek to understand their lives from a faith perspective.

New Zealand’s Catholic chaplains are involved in a diverse range of chaplaincies including hospital, hospice, palliative care, prison, police, military, youth, and ethnic chaplaincies. Contact details for hospital, prison, police and military chaplains are below. Information about other chaplains is available on diocesan websites.

Hospital Chaplains

We have Catholic Chaplains in all hospitals and someone is available to the patients at all times – 24/7. 

Our chaplains are there to listen to you, hold your hand, bring the Sacraments to you or to be a comforting presence when your loved one is in hospital. Chaplains are there to celebrate life with you as well as to journey with you as you enter that place of everlasting life.

If you or your loved one is admitted in hospital, it is essential that you fill in ‘Roman Catholic’ on the admission form. This puts you on a list that is forwarded to the Catholic Chaplain. If for some reason you have not received a visit from a chaplain and would like one, please do not hesitate to telephone the hospital and ask for the chaplain to be paged or let the hospital staff know of your need for a Catholic Chaplain.

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Auckland City Hospital & Green Lane Clinical Centre

Catholic Chaplains' Office
021 915 051
Kerry McEwen
Rev Joseph Thirumala MF
021 183 2678
Elaine Harvey
021 686 412
Rev Talipope Vaifale MF
09 636 4647
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Burwood Hospital

Kirsten Challies
027 437 6737
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Calvary Hospital Southland

Margaret Brown
(03) 216 8466

Christchurch Hospital

Angela McCormick
(03) 364 0640 ext. 89554

Christchurch Women’s Hospital

Angela McCormick
03 364 0640 ext. 89554
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Dunedin Public Hospital

Fr Mark Chamberlain
(03) 479 0066
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Gisborne Hospital

Fr. Alfonso Dujali MSP, PP
(06) 867 7224
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Hawkes Bay Regional Hospital

Deidre Russ
06 878 8109 ext. 2718

Hillmorton Hospital

Joan Hough
021 501 683

Hutt Hospital

Fr Ray Soriano
027 450 1175
Kathryn van Woerkom
04 566 6999 (request for Chaplain's extension)
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Kenepuru Hospital Chaplaincy

Marie Paurini
027 641 2361

Kew Hospital Invercargill

Fr Anthony Harrison
(03) 215 7315
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Middlemore Hospital and Manukau Superclinic

Rev Maurice Ford
021 232 2273

Mercy Hospital Dunedin

Fr Mark Chamberlain
(03) 479 0066
Margaret Maurice
09 276 0000 ext 58324

Mason Clinic & Buchanan Clinics

Halamehi Anae
09 815 5164 ext 45256
Ramon Manaloto
09 276 0000 ext 59594
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North Shore Hospital

Deacon Mark Rivalland
09 358 0825 locator 1019

Nurse Maude Hospice and Hospital

Bryndwr Parish
03 351 5795
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Palmerston North Hospital

Kathleen Field
06 350 8690
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Rotorua Hospital

Miyoko Hammersley
07 348 0289 or
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Selwyn Village

Fr John Webb
09 846 0119
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Taranaki Base Hospital

Tony Tooman
06 753 6139 ext. 8960

Tauranga Hospital

Leanne Brooks
07 578 6209

The Princess Margaret Hospital

Joan Hough
021 501 683
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Waikato Hospital Chaplaincy

Sr Marie Finn RNDM
07 839 8899

Waitakere Hospital

Henderson Parish
09 838 1558
Rev Danny Fraser-Jones
021 498 110

Whanganui Hospital Chaplaincy

Norma O'Connor
06 348 1234
Msgr Frank Eggleton
027 279 7279

Whangarei Base Hospital

Deacon Jim Nees
09 430 4100 ext 7116

Wellington Hospital Chaplaincy

Priest on call
04 385 5999 ext 82126
Kate Sanders O'Connor
Lizzie Wootton

Prison Chaplains

 

The Chaplains see Prison Chaplaincy as a ‘holistic ministry' providing for the spiritual, cultural and social needs of all prisoners.

Prison Chaplain's therefore have a mission in service to the whole of life; with a theological mandate. A Prison Chaplains role is to Journey with Prisoners, as they encounter the challenges of incarceration and separation from loved ones and Whanau.

 

As well as the day-to-day chaplaincy role of providing church services and pastoral care, they also ensure that the prisoners have access to bibles and other religious references, materials and spiritual literature if they so require.

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Senior Prison Chaplain

Sr Veronica Casey PBVM
027 523 3983
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Auckland Prison

Ramon Manaloto
09 304 3889

Auckland South Corrections Facility

Reg Wills
09 250 5900 ext 4085

Arohata Women's Prison

Falefou Sio
04 529 0860

Auckland Region Women’s Corrections Facility

Tivise Otutoa
09 250 9496
Deacon David Marshall
09 441 0952
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Christchurch Men's Prison

Pita Makalio
03 345 6800

Christchurch Women's Prison

appointment pending
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Hawkes Bay Prison

Romano Tikotikoca
06 872 8000 ext 76051
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Invercargill Prison

Paul Colvin
03 211 3456
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Manawatu Prison

Forrest Chambers
06 355 9445

Mount Eden Corrections Facility

Peter Hay-Mackenzie
09 374 5363
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Northland Region Corrections Facility

Gwen Tahana
09 401 5844
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Otago Corrections Facility

Daniel Rooney
(03) 417 9322
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Rimutaka Prison

David Wootton
(04) 529 0860

Rolleston Prison

Nikos Palaiologos
03 347 3714
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Spring Hill Corrections Facility

Peter Finlay
07 826 0300
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Tongariro Prison

Russell Woodhouse
07 384 7489
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Waikeria Prison

Sam Harris
07 872 6987

Whanganui Prison

Sean Ryan
06 349 6887

Police Chaplains

A Police chaplain is a clergy person with a passionate interest in, and the specialised training for pastoral care in the dangerous world of law enforcement. 

This pastoral care is offered to all people, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, creed, or religion. It is offered without cost or proselytizing. 

The Police chaplain is led in his or her own faith to be available and ready to serve those in need. The chaplain's ministry provides a source of strength to the Police officers and their families, other department members, the community, and the incarcerated. 
Chaplains listen and participate in the workplace of Police officers with empathy and experience, advising calmly in the midst of turmoil and danger, and offering assistance when appropriate or requested.

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Auckland

Fr Brian Prendeville SM
027 633 3064
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Manukau

Fr Brian Prenderville SM
(09) 272 8237
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Hamilton

Appointment pending
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Palmerston North

Fr Christopher Martin SM
(06) 358 3667

Picton

Fr Joseph Keegan
(03) 573 6465
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Wellington / Porirua

Fr Penehe Patelehio
(04) 237 8674
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Christchurch

Appointment pending

Central Otago

Fr Martin Flannery
03 455 0038
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Dunedin

Fr John P Harrison
03 477 6030
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Invercargill

Fr Martin Flannery
(03) 216 8466

Military Chaplains

Chaplains exist to meet the spiritual and pastoral needs of all New Zealand Defence Force personnel and their families by attending to their spiritual, moral, social and community needs.

We advise commanders at all levels on pastoral, cultural and religious issues, in so far as they affect morale and the pastoral well-being of New Zealand Defence Force personnel and their families and support the operational and training goals of the Defence Force.

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Royal New Zealand Navy, HMNZS Philomel

Takapuna Parish (St Joseph's)
(09) 489 6338

RNZAF Base Auckland

Papakura Parish (St Mary's)
(09) 298 5134

RNZAF Base Ohakea

Feilding Parish (St Brigid's)
(06) 323 3980

RNZAF Base Woodbourne

Blenheim Parish (St Mary's)
(03) 578 0038
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NZ Army Papakura Camp

Papakura Parish (St Mary's)
(09) 298 5134

NZ Army Waiouru Camp

Fr Bernard O'Donnell
(06) 385 8858

NZ Army Linton Camp

Holy Spirit Parish (Cathedral)
(06) 357 2891

NZ Army Trentham Camp

Fr Ron Bennett
(04) 528 2028

NZ Army Burnham Camp

Lincoln Parish
(03) 325 2770

NZ Army Territorial Force (Army Reserve)

Fr Anthony Harrison (03) 215 7315
Fr Brian Fennessy (03) 615 7527; Fr Richard Laurenson (07) 855 6214

Tertiary Chaplains

Catholic Tertiary Chaplaincy seeks to foster the development of Christian faith and practice within the city's academic communities. 

As a visible presence it supports and encourages both students and staff to grow in the knowledge and love of God. It forms a community graced by the Spirit to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed.

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Auckland Diocese

Teresa McNamara (Youth Director)
(09) 360 3021
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Hamilton Diocese

Fr Andrew Paris
(07) 838 4466 Ext 8575
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Palmerston North Diocese

Kathleen Field (Coordinator)
(06) 350 3824
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Wellington Archdiocese

Chris Duthie-Jung (Leader)
(04) 496 1759
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Christchurch Diocese

Fr Michael Therese Sheerger CSJ
(03) 348 8882, 027 785 6460
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Dunedin Diocese

Fr Mark Chamberlain
(03) 479 0066