Welcome to the Catholic Diocese of Auckland Religious Education Team.
What we do…
The Religious Education Team is responsible for a range of ministries and programmes. These include:
- Sacramental preparation – Information and resources for Programme Leaders in Parishes and parents.
- Parish Based Religious Education including,
- Family Faith Education – Resources for parents as first educators in the faith
- RCIA advice and support
- Adult Faith Education – Resources for small groups and opportunities for parish initiatives
- Whānau Faith Support
- Deaf Chaplaincy
- Religious Education in Northland
- Seasons for Growth Programme
Team members are readily available to answer queries, and provide advice and support through email and phone.
Sr Sian Owen
Sr Siân Owen RSJ is a Sister of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart. A secondary school teacher by training, she holds responsibility for a variety of ‘portfolios’ in the Religious Education Team. She has particular responsibilities regarding the Sacramental Programmes which were re-written in 2015, providing supplementary resources and Catechist training. The support and formation of the parish Catechists of Sacramental formation, RCIA and Religious Education Catechists is a key role for Siân. This role occurs through diocesan, local and online mediums and forums. As well as providing resources for Catechists and providing advice and guidance to RCIA teams, Siân is the diocesan coordinator of Adult Faith Education. All these areas are influenced by the transition from more traditional models of delivery to 21st century challenges of the digital world.
Role: RE Team Leader, Sacramental Programme Advisor, Adult Faith Education Coordinator
Phone: 09-360 3056
Delia is the Coordinator of Seasons for Growth in the Catholic Diocese of Auckland. Seasons for Growth is a peer support programme developed by Good Grief (Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart), written in response to the challenge of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, “to never see a need without doing something about it“.
Delia trains Companions to walk alongside those who are experiencing change, loss and grief in schools, parishes, rest homes, hospice and prisons. She has been engaged in this work for 12 years.
Role: Parish Advisor, Seasons for Growth Co-ordinator
Phone: 09-360 3027
Rachel Marr is the Pastoral Worker to the Catholic Deaf Community of Auckland.
Part of the role is to organise the monthly Deaf Mass which is interpreted into New Zealand sign language (NZSL). Alongside this, Rachel organises social gatherings for the Deaf group (which are open to all) and provides on-going formation.
The Rachel visits elderly Deaf in rest homes, hospitals and homes, and also strives to keep in contact with Deaf youth. Some work is also done with the Catholic schools in order to help build an understanding of the Deaf culture and prayers in NZSL.
Role: Pastoral Worker to the Catholic Deaf Community
Txt: 021 276 0006
Areas: Pastoral care & support to the Catholic Deaf Community, monthly Mass for the Deaf
Dianna is part of the Religious Education Team coordinating the Walk By Faith Programme a small group adult faith formation initiative that is offered both to individuals who wish to form a faith-sharing community and parish groups who wish to explore faith together.
She is a family woman, a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and auntie. Dianna spent the first fifteen years of her working life as a registered nurse in the Wellington area. Since moving to Auckland with her husband Kieran in 1989, she has taught for 25 years in the Catholic Secondary Schools.
Dianna has a Bachelor’s degree in English and Music, a Bachelor of Theology and a Masters of Education in Religious Education. She is now enjoying the contact she has with adults, accompanying them as they discover more about their faith. Dianna is a secular Carmelite. She is still involved with retreats with Baradene College of the Sacred Heart, delighting in the faith, the energy and the insight of young women.
Role: Walk by Faith Coordinator
Phone: 09-360 3010
E te Atua, te Kaihanga o te ao, tēnā koe.
E te iwi, tēnā koutou
Ko Wiga Autet tōku ingoa
Nō Kerikeri ahau.
I was born in Cracow, Poland. I lived, studied and worked in Italy and then France. Together with my French husband and our four daughters, we moved to New Zealand in 2005 and have been living in Kerikeri ever since.
As Religious Education Coordinator for Te Tai Tokerau/Northland I work alongside local priests with parishes and faith communities supporting people of Northland in their journey to & with God.
My mission is to promote, facilitate and support Religious Education initiatives and programmes and to provide appropriate formation, resources and support to those who are already involved or those wish to get active in leading these programmes locally.
There are many of you who work voluntarily in the parishes, sharing your faith with love and commitment. I would like to assist you and your communities in the most suitable manner. Please contact me via email or phone to look for ways in which I can effectively support you in your ministry.
I will show you my faith by my works (Jas 2:18)
Whakakitea mai ki ahau tou whakapono motu ke i au mahi.
No reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.
Role: Northland Religious Education programme Coordinator
Phone: 09-401 7420, 021 230 4059
Ko Ngongotaha te Maunga
Ko Utuhina te Awa
Ko Rotorua o Kahumatamoemoe te Roto
Ko Mokoia te motu o Tinirau
Ko Pikirangi raua ko Ruamata oku Marae
Ko Uenukukopako te Hapu
Ko Te Arawa Te Iwi
Ko Tumanako Ngawhika raua ko Mayla MacDonald oku Maatua
Ko Erin Frances Fa’aui toku ingoa.
Erin Fa’aui is a mother of six and grandmother of eighteen. She has been involved in the Catholic diocese of Auckland for the past 24 years as a parishioner of St Therese and St Anthony Parishes in Mangere, the Legion of Mary, Te Unga Waka Marae and the Maori Catholic Women’s League. Erin’s Legion of Mary visitations have been focused on Maori parishioners in the Mangere area and helping them to reconnect with their wairuatanga (spirituality).
The mission “Katorika Maori” draws on Erin’s past experience in working with Catholic Maori in Mangere. Erin invites and accompanies Maori in Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) in rediscovering their faith and developing a relationship with God. Visitation with individuals and whanau (families) to build a whanau network to provide awhi (assistance) and a sense of belonging is a major part of Erin’s work. This includes ‘kanohi ki te kanohi’ (face to face) dialogue, whanau hui (family gatherings), wananga (formation), noho marae (marae stays) and sacramental preparation.
Role: Whānau Faith Support
Phone: 021 297 0128
Michael is the Assistant to the RE Team. Before taking on this role, he had a similar role with the now closed Catholic Institute of Theology, and before that was teaching for over 20 years both in New Zealand and for one year in Japan. As the assistant, he receives orders for Sacramental programme booklets and despatches them, as well as being responsible for the accounts and maintaining the website.
He lives in Onehunga, sharing his home with International Students. Michael’s hobbies include reading, music, watching movies and tai chi.
Role: RE Team Assistant
Phone: 09-360 3051
Areas: Website, Admin assistant, Accounts
At the centre of the logo is Te Kahaka, the calabash, bearing the colours of the earth with a symbolic container of stored food, seeds and future sustenance and growth.
It is set against the colours of sea and sky, suggesting a timelessness, permanence and universality which has traditionally presented aspects of eternity and suggestions of a divine presence.
- The central symbol: a carved calabash Te Kahaka
- A motto: “Ki inu kau ahau …” These words (“If only I could drink …”) are attributed to a Hokianga tupuna wahine by the name of Hine-rangi, probably of eleven generations ago. They are an expression of desire, not just for physical water but spiritual nourishment also.
- A Maori name for the RE Centre: Te Pu Akonga Whakapono Katorika ki Tamaki
- Te Pu – The heart, centre
- Akonga – Teachings
- Whakapono – Faith, religion
- Katorika – Catholic
- ki – Place
- Tamaki – Auckland