Auckland Catholic Tertiary Chaplaincy
"Every university student in Auckland has the opportunity to belong to a vibrant Catholic community, where they are empowered to realise their God-given purpose"
Tertiary Mass is held on the third Sunday of every month during the University Semesters, at the Cathedral of St Patrick & St Joseph. Located at 43 Wyndham Street, Auckland CBD. Our aim is to invite all University Students to attend Mass and partake in serving during the Mass. Talk to a Chaplain if you are interested in serving for this Mass.
Mass & Lunch
Every Tuesday at 12:10pm we have Mass & Lunch. We celebrate the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist with our Priest Chaplain Fr Andrew Matthew. After mass, we gather in the main foyer to share a wholesome meal prepared for us by our in-house chef extraordinaire.
Every fortnight on Tuesday, a small group of us sit down after Mass and Lunch to discuss a philosophical topic. A topic is chosen and the topic is advertised on our social media pages. This is a wonderful opportunity to discuss a variety of philosophical topics or questions. This is an entry-level philosophy group and we strive to make the discussions simple to understand.
Chew The Word
Every Thursday at 12:30pm during the semester, we have Chew The Word. This is a bible study and discussion combined with food that looks at the Book of Revelations. We look at a chapter per session and in that session, we highlight a passage in the chapter that we found interesting or curious and we have a discussion on what it could mean in a theological sense. Not only do we feed our physical bodies, we also feed our spirituality too!
CAMERON SURREY PhD.
Originally from Pukekohe, I studied Philosophy at Waikato, then spent 5 and a half years studying theology and discerning the priesthood at Holy Cross Seminary in Auckland. When, after a major epiphany, I decided to leave the seminary, the adventure of discernment continued, taking me to the UK, where I got married to Cheryl and then started my PhD in theology just before the birth of our first child, Daisy-Ann, in 2011. After three years away I returned to New Zealand with my little family, completed my studies, and worked for four years in young adult formation at the Catholic Discipleship College. That time at CDC saw the arrival of two more children, Abigail (2015) and Joachim (2018). Since May 2019 I have had the privilege to serve in the chaplaincy. I am very grateful to have this opportunity to be around people engaged in a lively search for the truth.
ROBBIE DE LA VEGA
Born and raised in Manila, Philippines. I am a cradle catholic. In 2020 I was elected the President of the Auckland Catholic Tertiary Students Club. I have been a liturgical musician (pianist) since 2010. I serve across five parishes in the Auckland Diocese. I am an alumni at Sancta Maria College and I am currently studying at the University of Auckland doing a Bachelors of Science and a Bachelors of Arts degree. I started coming to the Auckland Catholic Tertiary Chaplaincy in 2020 and I know that God has placed a desire in my heart to minister and to serve others not just through music but through building up the spirituality of tertiary students through discipleship. In April 2021, an opportunity arose in where I could do just that and ever since then, I am able to minister and to lead student engagement events as part of the ACTC team. God has truly blessed me with this opportunity and it is with wholeheartedness that I answer his call to serve.
FR ANDREW MATTHEW
I was born in 1964, at the Mater Hospital. The catholic gynaecologist at my birth was Dr Dunn; father of Bishop Patrick Dunn. Most catholic mothers went to him in the 50's-70’s to give birth to their children. I grew up in Meadowbank, very near the Orakei basin in which we had great fun, swimming, fishing, eeling, and boating all summer long. I went to Mt Carmel primary school and then to Remuera Intermediate. After this, I went to Selwyn and Liston College’s. Our family were very “outdoors” people and I have fond memories of fishing, rabbit and duck hunting, and many trips to our friends batch on the Waikato river. When I was 21 years old, I went to Australia to join the Confraternity of Christ the Priest, a new religious order just starting up in Melbourne. Later, I return to New Zealand and finished my Priestly studies at Holy Cross Seminary. I was ordained by Bishop Patrick Dunn on the 31st of July, 2002 at the age of 38. On my ordination card I took the moto… “Through Him, with Him, and In Him”. I have been a parish priest in many Auckland parishes since I was ordained and I am presently Parish priest of St Benedict’s, Newton. I am the Spirtual Director of the Legion of Mary New Zealand, and the Priest Chaplain at the Auckland Catholic Tertiary Chaplaincy.
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