Roman Catholic Diocese of Christchurch

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The Latin Rite Roman Catholic Diocese of Christchurch is a suffragan diocese of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Wellington. Its cathedral and see city are located in Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand. It was formed on 5 May 1887 from a portion of the territory of the Diocese of Wellington, which was elevated to archdiocese later that same month.

Ordinaries of Christchurch[edit]

Tenure Incumbent Life
1887 to 1915 John Joseph Grimes S.M. 1842–1915
1915 to 1943 Matthew Joseph Brodie 1871–1943
1944 to 1950 Patrick Francis Lyons 1903–1967
1950 to 1964 Edward Michael Joyce 1904–1964
1964 to 1985 Brian Patrick Ashby 1923–1988
1985 to 1987 Denis William Hanrahan 1933–1987
1987 to 1995 John Basil Meeking born 1929
1995 to 2007 John Jerome Cunneen 1932–2010
2007 to 2016 Barry Jones 1941–2016

Current bishops[edit]

Bishop Barry Jones died in February 2016 and his successor has yet to be named.[1]

Cathedral and churches[edit]

St Mary's Catholic Church in Hokitika belongs to the diocese.[2] Following a structural assessment triggered by the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake, the church was closed to the public in June 2012.[3]

For 57 years, the diocese was responsible for sending priests to the non-denominational Christian Chapel of the Snows at McMurdo Station on Ross Island, Antarctica, the second southernmost religious building in the world. This practice was stopped in 2015.[4]

Secondary schools[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Catholic bishop of Christchurch Barry Jones dies". 13 February 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Dioceses". The Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Mussen, Deidre (19 June 2012). "Engineers to look at Hokitika's historic church". The Press. Retrieved 20 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Catholic priests to leave Antarctica because of decline in church-going". Retrieved 2016-02-13. 

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Coordinates: 43°32′19″S 172°38′46″E / 43.53861°S 172.64611°E / -43.53861; 172.64611