Pastoral Areas

“Pastoral Areas offer exciting opportunities to be generous and imaginative, enabling parishes to look beyond their boundaries to their neighbouring parishes. It invites parishes to identify how they can help each other and share their resources. For example, a Pastoral Area might decide together to employ additional pastoral or youth workers or to combine for education programmes or sacramental preparation. Increasingly they will share priests. The concept of Pastoral Areas requires priests, religious, laity and parishes as a whole, to be generous in looking beyond personal interest to the wider needs of the Diocese and the mission of the Church.

The adoption of Pastoral Areas gives us an opportunity to review what is happening in our parishes, to acknowledge what is not happening, and to dream what might be possible in the future. Sharing the resources of people – priests, religious and laity – gives our parishes and Diocese the potential to be more vibrant in faith and in mission."

- Diocesan Pastoral Plan page 18

Download the updated list of Pastoral Areas and priestly projections:

Pastoral Areas Updated Sept 2008.pdf Pastoral Areas Updated Sept 2008.pdf (47.60 KB)

The Pastoral Areas for the Diocese of Christchurch are as follows:

Pastoral Areas

Parishes

Number of Priests Serving in Pastoral Areas

June 2005

Projected Number of Diocesan Priests Serving in Pastoral Areas

2010-2015

Christchurch South

Addington, Akaroa, Beckenham, Halswell, Hoon Hay 

Hillmorton Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital (Hospital Chaplaincy)

5

includes one Marist priest

3

also with responsibility for Carmel

Christchurch West

Darfield, Hornby, Leeston, Lincoln, Riccarton, Sockburn

Canterbury and Lincoln Universities and College of Education ( Tertiary Chaplaincy )

7

4

Christchurch North

Bryndwr, Burnside, Papanui, St Albans

Nurse Maude Hospice (Hospital Chaplaincy)

6

3

plus semi retired / retired priests to assist Sundays

Christchurch Central and Hills

Cathedral, Christchurch North, Lyttleton, Sumner, Woolston, Holy Cross Chapel, Te Rangimarie (Māori Chaplaincy), Christchurch Hospital and Nazareth House (Hospital Chaplaincy), Polytech (Tertiary Chaplaincy)   

11

includes four Marist priests

4

 

Christchurch East

Aranui, Burwood, Dallington, Mairehau, New Brighton

Burwood Hospital (Hospital Chaplaincy)      

5

3

Good Shepherd House is located in this Pastoral area

North Canterbury

Cheviot, Hawarden, Hanmer, Kaiapoi, Rangiora

3

includes one Marist priest

3

West Coast

Grey Valley-Ngahere, Greymouth, Hokitika, Kumara, Runanga-Cobden, South Westland

4

3

plus semi-retired priests if possible

Mid-Canterbury

Ashburton, Methven , Rakaia, Tinwald

3

3

South Canterbury

Geraldine, Fairlie-Twizel, Pleasant Point, Temuka, Timaru North, Timaru South, Waimate

5

includes two Marist priests

4

plus semi-retired priests if possible

The Chatham Islands , which is not formally linked to a particular Pastoral Area, will continue to have regular priestly visits