Chaplancies

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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Atawhai Mercy Assisi Home and Hospital

Sr Jocelyn Wilson RSM
(07) 856 3019

Auckland City Hospital and Green Lane Clinical Centre

Fr Christopher Brady (Green Lane Clinic), Mary Fitness (Auckland City Hospital)
Fr Christopher Brady: 027 454 9434, Mary Fitness: 021 915 260, After hours priest: 021 915
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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

Fr Peter Farrant
(03) 332 0227, 021 043 9093

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

Warren Barry
(06) 867 5312
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Hawkes Bay Regional Hospital

Deidre Russ
(06) 878 8109 ext. 2718

Hillmorton Hospital

Michael Hempseed

Hutt Hospital

Fr David Orange (04) 567 8013
Esther Saldanha (04) 566 6999 or 021 037 5362
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Kenepuru Hospital

Fr Paul O'Connor AA, Fr John van der Kaa AA
(04) 232 2862 or (04) 232 5611

Kew Hospital Invercargill

Fr Martin Flannery
(03) 215 7315
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Mercy Hospital Dunedin

Fr Mark Chamberlain
(03) 479 0066

Middlemore Hospital and Manukau Superclinic

Margaret Maurice
(09) 276 0000 ext. 8324; Mr Ramon Manaloto (09) 276 0000 ext.: 9594

Mason Clinic & Rehab Plus

Eileen Barrington
021 280 4044
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North Shore Hospital

Oliver Cafe
(09) 486 8900 Ext 2088, (09) 358 0825 Locator: 1019

Nurse Maude Hospice and Hospital

Bryndwr Parish
03 351 5795
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Palmerston North Hospital

Judith Nixon
(06) 356 9169 pager 133 or (06) 358 5614
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Rotorua Hospital

Miyoko Hammersley
(07) 348 0289 or (021) 0842 2845
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Selwyn Village

Msgr Terry Leslie
(09) 361 4054
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Taranaki Base Hospital

Tony Tooman
(06) 753 6139 ext. 8960

The Princess Margaret Hospital

Michael Hempseed
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Waikato Hospital

Sr Marie Finn RNDM, Fr Gerard Boyce
021 498 110

Waitakere Hospital

Henderson Parish
(09) 838 1558

Whanganui Hospital

Norma O'Connor
(06) 348 1234

Wellington Hospital

Sr Sia ‘Otuhiva DOLC (04) 499 5322 pager 2432
Michele Lafferty (04) 499 5322

Whangarei Base Hospital

Deacon Jim Nees (09) 430 4100
Weekends and evenings: (09) 437 5266

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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Arohata Women's Prison

Appointment pending

Auckland Regional Prison

Dcn David Marshall, Ramon Manaloto
(09) 442 6848, (09) 442 6615

Auckland South Corrections Facility

Reg Wills
(09) 250 5900 Ext 4085

Auckland Region Women’s Corrections Facility

Halamehi Anae
(09) 250 9497
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Christchurch Men's Prison

Loanne Metcalfe, Pita Makalio
(03) 345 7992, (03) 345 6800 ext. 74200

Christchurch Women's Prison

Diana Emms
(03) 344-6875
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Hawkes Bay Prison

Appointment pending
(06) 872-8684
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Invercargill Prison

Paul Colvin
(03) 211 3456
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Manawatu Prison

Forrest Chambers
(06) 355-9314

Mount Eden Corrections Facility

Peter Hay-Mackenzie
(09) 624 5595
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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

Peter Vincent Kennedy
(03) 347 3714
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Spring Hill Corrections Facility

Peter Finlay
(07) 826 0311
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Tongariro / Rangipo Prison

Russell Woodhouse
(07) 384 7489
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Waikeria Prison

Kelvin Hainsworth
(07) 872 6766

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

Msgr David Bennett
(07) 827 5557
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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
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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