First Maori priest to become Dean of a Catholic cathedral in Aotearoa New Zealand
On Wednesday 1 February at 7.30 pm, Father Peter Tipene will be installed as Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral in Auckland in a colourful ceremony conducted by the Bishop of Auckland, Bishop Patrick Dunn, in the presence of a large congregation which will include the Mayor of Auckland, Phil Goff.
Fr Peter will take up his appointment at the cathedral this coming Waitangi Day weekend, and will replace popular Auckland priest, Monsignor Bernard Kiely, who has presided at the cathedral for the past 18 years and is now moving to the parish of Balmoral.
Father Peter Tipene comes to the cathedral after serving as parish priest of the Owairaka parish for the past 6 years. He comes from a well-known Hokianga family, and is the grand-nephew of the late Dame Whina Cooper.
There are strong historical and spiritual links between the cathedral and the Hokianga. Hokianga was the birth-place of Catholicism in the Auckland Diocese where this country’s founding Bishop, Jean-Baptiste Pompallier, landed to celebrate the first Catholic Mass in this country. The cathedral is the church of the Bishops of Auckland who are the successors of Bishop Pompallier. This installation has the historic significance of the first Maori priest to fill this role.
All are welcome to attend the installation ceremony.