Auckland Catholic Tertiary Chaplaincy
Our vision is to 'make disciples of all nations', specifically on campus in Auckland. Through our pillars of prayer, evangelisation and community, we aim to live beatified lives in order to draw others to beatified living.
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.
Our next Tertiary Mass is on Sunday 15th August at 7pm.
Daily Readings +
Every Monday and Wednesday at 11:30am we have Daily Readings followed by Discussion of the Scriptures.
This provides an entry level opportunity for students to engage with the scriptures of the day over coffee or tea and discover the relationship between the first reading, psalm and gospel.
Mass & Lunch
Every Tuesday at 12:10pm we have Mass & Lunch.
Our gourmet lunch provides an opportunity for students to cook for others, as well as providing a fully cooked meal for students who are in need of a wholesome meal on a student budget.
Chew the Word
Every Thursday at 10:00am we have Chew the Word.
Feed your spirit and hungry stomach with our Chew the Word Bible study over a cooked breakfast.
Every Friday at 1:10 pm we have Mass.
In the Catholic Church Mass is a Rite that encompasses the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
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.
MARIANA SIERRA ALONSO
Originally from Mexico, but grew up in Montreal, Canada, I was raised Catholic. Never really interested in the faith up until the end of 2016 (yes, I missed out on world youth day, even though my Mum tried bribing me by selling the fact that I’d be able to travel Europe afterwards). I was in my second semester of uni, studying economics, and I was posed the question about whether I would like Jesus to be at the centre of my life. In that moment, realising I had no real direction in life (I strongly disliked economics), I decided to give God a chance thinking about how He has a plan for my life, a good plan, with a future and hope (Jeremiah 29:11). This then followed a year of loads of more learning about the Catholic faith, which then lead to two years of mission in Australia with NET ministries in the University of Queensland. Having learnt a lot and having loved my experience there, I jumped at the opportunity to continue in that ministry here in Auckland. I am very blessed that I have answered his call in my life, because it has given me more life than I could have managed on my own.
Born and raised in Hawera, Taranaki, In 2016 I made the choice to pursue the catholic faith that led to my baptism that Easter in the St Joseph’s Hawera Catholic Church. I attended a few camps and festivals over the next few years but I was attending a church that was experiencing a shortage of teens. There was plenty of young primary school aged children and adults, but very little of students my own age. Often you could point out that I was the only high school student at Sunday mass. This made following my faith very difficult with nobody to share in it with. Then in February of 2019 I made the move to Auckland to start studying at AUT where I completed my first year in the Bachelor of Health Science in Paramedicine. I moved to Auckland CBD from a town of 10,000 knowing LITERALLY NOBODY. Attending the Auckland Catholic Tertiary Chaplaincy for the first time was so weird. I could not believe how many students there were who were open to journeying together on the path to Heaven. ACTC was my saving grace in my first year, After a very difficult year, and experiencing so much grief and loss; at the end I felt the calling to take on a role at the Chaplaincy and put my studies on hold. So I followed the calling and I can’t wait to see where it leads me.
ROBBIE DE LA VEGA
Volunteer Lay Chaplain
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
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