Military Ordinariate of New Zealand

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Military Ordinariate of New Zealand
Ordinariatus Militaris Nova Zelandia
Location
Country New Zealand
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 28 October 1976 (40 years ago)
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop John Atcherley Dew
Website
www.catholicmil.org.nz

The Military Ordinariate of New Zealand is a military ordinariate of the Roman Catholic Church located in Wellington.[1] Immediately subject to the Holy See, it provides pastoral care to Roman Catholics serving in the New Zealand Defence Force and their families.[2][3][4]

History[edit]

It was created as a military dictate on 28 October 1976, and elevated to a military ordinariate on 21 July 1986. The first military vicar, Owen Noel Snedden, was also an Auxiliary Bishop of Wellington. His successor, Edward Russell Gaines, was also the Bishop of Hamilton. Since 1995, the post of Military Ordinary has been held by the Archbishops of Wellington.[2][3][4]

Office holders[edit]

Military vicars[edit]

Military ordinaries[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/diocese/dmlnz.html
  2. ^ a b Military Ordinariate of New Zealand. Official website. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  3. ^ a b Military Ordinariate of New Zealand. Catholic-Hierarchy website. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  4. ^ a b Military Ordinariate of New Zealand. GCatholic.org website. Retrieved 4 May 2010.