Bishop of Auckland - Bishop Patrick Dunn
E hoa ma, tena koutou.
Dear friends, welcome!
As Bishop of Auckland, I welcome you to our website, which is part of our mission to bring and share the Good News of Jesus Christ who said, “I have come that you may have life and have it in abundance.” (John 10:10)
May it assist you to discover the hope, the joy and the peace of the message of Jesus in the worship, the people and the activities of our Catholic community of the Diocese of Auckland.
Above all may you find here the person of Jesus, who is at the very heart of who we are and all that we do.
May God bless you.
+ Patrick Dunn
Bishop of Auckland
More about Bishop Patrick Dunn and his ministry
Bishop Patrick James Dunn was born on 5 February 1950 in England, the eldest of seven children of his parents, Dr Pat and June Dunn (both deceased), where his father was doing post-graduate study in obstetrics and gynaecology. They returned to New Zealand in December 1950 and established the family home in Remuera, Auckland.
He was educated at St Michael’s school, Remuera, Sacred Heart College, Glen Innes and the University of Auckland. He studied for the priesthood at the national seminary, Holy Cross College in Mosgiel, prior to ordination in 1976.
Following ordination, his pastoral work included time with the Catholic Maori Mission and in the parishes of Mangere East, Takapuna, Pakuranga and Northcote. During this time he was also diocesan Director of Vocations.
During 1988 and 1989 he studied at the Melbourne College of Divinity to obtain his Masters Degree in Theology.
He was appointed the personal assistant to Auckland’s Bishop Denis Browne in 1992 and ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Auckland on 25 July 1994. The following year, when Bishop Browne was appointed Bishop of Hamilton, Bishop Patrick was formally installed as 11th Bishop of Auckland on 29 March 1995.
He is the New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Conference (NZCBC) Deputy for Holy Cross Seminary, a member of Good Shepherd College Senate and a member of the NZCBC Commission for the Church in Society. He is the New Zealand bishops’ representative at the meetings of ICEL (the International Commission for English in the Liturgy), tasked with English language liturgical translations.
Motto: Be not Afraid - These were the first words spoken by Pope John Paul II when he addressed the crowds after his election as Pope in 1978. They occur many times in the Scriptures.
Coat of Arms:
- The three rows of tassels signify the rank of bishop.
- The stars represent the Southern Cross.
- M stands for Mary. It was in the crest of Pope St John Paul II who called me to be a bishop but reminds us also that the Church in New Zealand was placed under the protection of Mary by Bishop Pompallier in January 1838.
- The Maori wave pattern is known as “ara moana”: the way of the sea. We are an island nation.
Bishop Patrick was ordained to the priesthood at his family’s parish church, St Michael’s in Remuera, on 24 April 1976. He was formally installed as 11th Bishop of Auckland at St Patrick’s Cathedral on 29 March 1995.
The Bishop’s Office provides support for the Bishop in his pastoral responsibilities. It assists the Bishop with correspondence and in his communications with other dioceses and national and international Church agencies, and receives and investigates concerns relating to parishes, priests and schools.
The office coordinates the appointment and support of diocesan clergy and assists clergy and religious communities with immigration issues. It also responds to general enquiries about diocesan matters and where appropriate refers them to the relevant Church agency.
For assistance please use our Directory to contact Bishop's Secretary, Mary-Anne McKay.
Monsignor Paul Farmer, Vicar for Administration and Vicar for Marriages
As Vicar for Administration, Monsignor Farmer is the bishop’s representative in the diocese for all administrative matters. As Vicar for Marriages, he grants all dispensations and permissions as required for marriages in the Church, and is responsible for the documentation of all marriages throughout the diocese
Msgr Paul Farmer
Vicar for Administration and Marriages
Auxiliary Bishop of Auckland - Bishop Michael Gielen
Bishop Michael Gielen was born in Cambridge and raised in Tokoroa, the son of Henk and Maureen Gielen and the oldest of six siblings. After studying at Holy Cross College in Mosgiel he was ordained as a priest in 1997 in Tokoroa by Bishop Max Mariu, SM, Auxiliary Bishop of Hamilton (the first Maori Catholic bishop).
He has been a priest for 22 years serving in Gisborne, Hamilton, Steubenville – USA, Mt Maunganui, Rome – Italy and most recently as Director of Formation at Holy Cross Seminary. Bishop Michael was ordained Auxiliary Bishop for Auckland Diocese on 7 March 2020. The deacon at the ordination Mass was his father, Deacon Henk Gielen.
Bishop Michael counts his Catholic faith and his family as the greatest blessings of his life; through them he has come to know Jesus in the most profound way. Sharing this Good News is his life’s-work. He is also a keen cyclist. In 2015 he and seven seminarians of Holy Cross Seminary cycled for 33 days from Cape Reinga to Bluff to promote vocations for the priesthood. His other passions included rugby and cricket, which he played, and just about all sports going. He always has a book “on the go”, covering most genres, latterly he has enjoyed NZ historical novels. He loves journeying with people from every walk and background of life; they have made him who he is. He looks forward to walking with you on this incredible journey of life.
Bishop Michael’s Latin motto is Totus Tuus “All Yours.”