About

  • Download and view the latest Diocesan Annual Report plus reports from previous years. more»
    Diocesan Annual Report
  • The Diocese was established by papal brief in 1887. Formerly part of the Wellington Archdiocese, it embraces the whole of Canterbury and most of Westland in the South Island, as well as the Chatham Islands, the first place in the world to be touched by the sun each day. more»
    History of the Diocese
  • The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament is regarded as one of the finest examples of church architecture in Australasia. It so impressed George Bernard Shaw that he hailed its architect as 'a New Zealand Brunelleschi'. more»
    Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Bishop Barry's desire is to have a strategy available that has been well consulted on throughout the Diocese, as to where Sunday Mass will be celebrated in the future. more»
    Provision of Sunday Mass
  • "The Pastoral Plan has at its heart the vision and the breadth of the Church's mission to people everywhere. At the same time it proposes a structure that would lead to greater collaboration of ministry, and sharing of resources between parishes in recognisable Pastoral Areas and at the diocesan level" Bishop's Letter - Diocesan Pastoral Plan. more»
    Pastoral Plan
  • About 1990 in widespread consultation among all sections of the people of the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch a survey indicated that there was a clear consensus about the pastoral priorities for this local church (i.e. diocese) more»
  • The sad reality is that incidents of sexual abuse occur in which Church personnel are involved. Procedures have been adopted to guide the investigation of each and every allegation received - this will ensure that action is taken and full enquires are made into allegations. more»
    Sexual Abuse and Misconduct
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