One of the most powerful passages in Scripture lies in Jesus' story of the “judgement of the nations” (Matthew 25: 31 – 46). Here it is very clear that the crucial touchstone of authentic human life, and following the Lord, is how we respond to the needs of others: especially those who hunger, thirst, require shelter or clothing, are imprisoned or new in the community. At the heart of every parish and of the Diocese are our outreaches of Christian support.
Being there for others…
Justice Peace and Development (JPD)
The diocese’s outreach is coordinated through the diocese and Commission for Justice Peace and Development. It works closely with Caritas Aotearoa with a special focus being on our Lenten collection and Social Justice Week in September.
The JPD also has focused on land issues, especially in the Taranaki, issues of domestic violence, and end-of-life support issues.
Chaplaincies to Prison and Hospital
Whenever anyone is in hospital or in prison each community has a chaplaincy support which is available. All whanau or individuals have to do is ask and the chaplain will be contacted.
The Chaplains are:
Hawkes Bay regional Hospital: Deidre Russ
Palmerston North Hospital: Judith Nixon
Taranaki base Hospital: Tony Tooman
Whanganui Hospital: David Scoullar
Whanganui prison: Sean Ryan
Manawatu prison: Graham Bates
Hawke’s Bay prison: Sr Alisi
Contact details for all chaplains are available via Tony Murphy on [email protected]
The Diocese has a specialised ministry to and with the deaf community, the fruit of the wonderful work done by the Dominicans at St Dominic’s Feilding. This ministry is continued through David Loving-Molloy who can be contacted via the Catholic Deaf Centre on [email protected] or via facebook.
The Diocese does not have a separate, specifically Catholic, social services structure. For the last 30 years we have worked in ecumenical outreaches, strongly supported by the Diocese.
For immediate charitable needs, and the support of those at Ozanam house in Palmerston North (those from the diocese who are undertaking cancer treatment away from home) please contact your local parish or St Vincent de Paul.
For counselling/budget/support of a more formal nature again please make contact through your local parish to:
ACROSS (Anglican/Catholic Social Services, Palmerston North)
Catholic Charities Foundation and The Tindall Foundation
On a regular basis, the Diocese supports a large variety of charities who apply for funding to the Catholic Charities Foundation. The Catholic Charities Foundation is a resource of the Diocese and is supplemented by the generosity of the Tindall Foundation.
The Catholic Charities Allocations Group allocates the funds on behalf of the Foundation and Tindall by funding Catholic and community organisations who are working in areas they have identified as priorities.
Contact the Secretary for information on appling for funds for your organisation – Mrs Wendy Silver
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