Welcome to the Catholic Diocese of Auckland Faith Formation Team.
What we do…
The Faith Formation 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,
- Exploring the Gospel – A Religious Education programme that explores the Sunday Gospel.
- Explore Together – A family focused Religious Education programme
- 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
Beatitudes Living and Discipleship
Bishop Robert Barron in his book, Catholicism, says “What Jesus gives us in the Sermon on the Mount, therefore, is the new law that would discipline our desires, our minds and our bodies so as to make real happiness possible,”
To illustrate an example I would like to repeat the story of Deacon Harold Pardew*
Deacon Harold Pardew grew up unchurched and unbaptized in a large family that was in pieces. He remembers standing in a field as a boy cursing at God about what happened to his family. “From then on it was like God sent a troupe of angels to help guide me,” he said.
He was over 20 years old before he stepped foot into a church, Sacred Heart in Aberdeen, but when he did he felt connected. In short order he met his future wife, Mary, a Catholic, and his faith journey took off…..(Read More)
Team members are readily available to answer queries, and provide advice and support through email and phone.
Stephen Fraser (Rev Deacon)
Following many years in Technology and industry, I look forward to bringing to the Auckland Diocese, wide ranging experience and acumen to help in the continued formation, up building and support of all who seek to know Jesus more and to become better Christian disciples in the Catholic Church and in life.
Having been a part of Takapuna parish for nearly 40 years and ministering as a Permanent Deacon in the Auckland Diocese for the last six, I look forward to working with our team to support you our parishes, catechists and all baptised into becoming more effective as disciples of Christ, in daily life, in the church, in our families, our jobs and our circumstances.
I am married with growing children, a musician and have a love for passing on the good news of the Gospel to all.
Please contact me anytime.
Role: Leader Faith Formation and Sacramental Programs
DDI: 09 360 3052
Mob: 021 439 407
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
Mob: 027 360 3031
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 Faith Formation 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 Faith Formation programme Coordinator
Phone: 09-401 7420, 021 230 4059
Mob: 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
Dianna is part of the Faith Formation Team coordinating the Walk By Faith Programme and also a member of the Catholic Schools Office as coordinator of the Understanding Sexuality Course for the Auckland Diocese.
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
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 Faith Formation Centre: Te Pu Akonga Whakapono Katorika ki Tamaki
- Te Pu – The heart, centre
- Akonga – Teachings
- Whakapono – Faith, religion
- Katorika – Catholic
- ki – Place
- Tamaki – Auckland