Our Seminarians
Graeme Blackburn
Hi everybody, my name is Graeme and I'm from a family of two brothers and two sisters and I'm the youngest of them all. Although I grew up in Auckland I am studying for Christchurch diocese. After I completed High School in 2001 I left for Christchurch and spent the best part of eight years down there doing all sorts of jobs to make a living. But it's good to be back in Auckland with the family again!
Mark Bond
I am a seminarian for the Hamilton Diocese. Before entering Holy Cross Seminary in 2012, I completed a degree in Psychology and English at the University of Auckland. As a half American, half New Zealander, I had always made a habit of moving around. My journey to the seminary took place in both countries for almost ten years, until I could no longer ignore the Lord’s call to Diocesan priesthood here in New Zealand. So I moved to Auckland in 2010, and have been settling down ever since. A bit about me: I love video games, music, movies, amateur cooking and songwriting, literature, tennis, and drinking profuse amounts of tea.
Glen Brennan
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Nathaniel Brazil
Hello, Kia Ora, Mabuhay!I am a native of the Philippines and lived most of my life in Manila the capital of the Philippines. I finished my degree in Philosophy at Immaculate Conception Major Seminary in the Philippines and took some papers of Theology in Ateneo de Manila University. Currently I am doing a Bachelor of Theology at Good Sheperd College.I came to New Zealand on May 5, 2011 and joined the Diocese of Palmerston North (the city like no other) where Kiwis have welcomed me warmly with wool and an electric blanket.
Bryan Buenger
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Tien Cao
My name is Tien, I am from Viet Nam. I am here not to be served but to serve, and I am happy to be a seminarian of Christchurch Diocese. I really like living in New Zealand, people here are so kind to me, but the weather is sometimes rather cold. I love playing sports such as soccer, volleyball, table tennis, and listening to music, especially instrumental music. Also, I enjoy drinking wine and beer with friends, especially those who have the same interests.
Alister Castillo
Greetings! I am a born and bred Cantabrian and also a seminarian for the Diocese of Christchurch. I completed my High School studies at St. Bede’s College in Christchurch in 2008 then did part time University in 2009 while I worked for the Catholic Youth Team for a short time. But the “call” to priesthood was too strong during that year so I entered Good Shepherd House (pre-seminary house) in 2010 and officially started Holy Cross in 2011. I really enjoy playing the piano and the organ, watching movies and also love helping out in Youth Ministry.
Alex Chia
Hi, my name is Alex Chia. I entered Holy Cross Seminary in 2011. I am from the diocese of Christchurch. Before entering the seminary I completed a degree in mechanical engineering.
Gregory Clarke
I was born in Opotiki, Aotearoa, in 1959; the only son to parents Noel and Lois Clark. I have four sisters - Cathy, Joanne, Mary and Judith. I attended St Joseph's Primary School in Hamilton, and I was taught by the Sisters of the Mission followed there after by the Marist Brothers for my intermediate and secondary years. Presently I am qualified as a carpenter, panelbeater, rigger/scafolder and an industrial abseiler having lived and worked extensively in Australasia, America, England and the West Indies. My home has been Wanaka since 1985. Lured by the Alpine Lifestyle and a sense of adventure, a love of skiing, climbing, mountaineering and sailing have ensued - as has an acute awareness of the presence of God.
Austin Fernandes
I am a seminarian for the Auckland Diocese. Before entering the seminary in February 2010 I had been working for Maitland Engineering as a CNC lathe operator. I was also a member of the Lamb of God Covenant Community. I enjoy playing a good game of soccer and cricket.
Danny Fraser-Jones
Danny Fraser-Jones
I am a seminarian for the Hamilton Diocese. I entered Holy Cross Seminary in 2009. Prior to that, I was on perpetually on holiday by virtue of working in a Holiday Park at Mount Maunganui for the last eight years.
Carlos Guleng
I am Carlos from the Philippines. I am a seminarian for the Auckland Diocese and I belong to St Patrick's Cathedral Parish, Auckland City. Before entering Holy Cross Seminary in February 2011, I worked as Design Engineer for Vector Network (i.e. Underground Electrical Reticulation for Industrial, Commercial & Residential Subdivisions, Customer Substation, etc.) in the Auckland area. I previously worked as Project Manager for MWSS, Manila, Philippines. I am a Co-Worker of the Missionaries of Charity and have been a past president of the Co-Workers of Mother Teresa, Auckland. I also worked as a catechist for the Sacrament of Initiation Programme. Reading, listening to music, walking, and gardening are my leisure activities.
Tony King-Archer
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Sherwin Lapaan
Kia ora! I started my formation towards priesthood in San Jose Seminary back in the Philippines before coming to New Zealand and become seminarian of the Diocese of Auckland. I used to work for private corporations and Jesuit institutions. In 2010, I worked as pastoral assistant and parish secretary of Good Shepherd Parish, Balmoral, prior entering Holy Cross Seminary. I am happy I found home and Church here in New Zealand. +amdg+ 
Do Nguyen
Do Nguyen
I am a seminarian for the Christchurch Diocese. I am from Vietnam. I graduated from university in 2008. I am an engineer and I have been living in New Zealand since July 2008.
Jeremy Palman
Jeremy Palman
I am a 38 year-old Aucklander, who was born in Twizel. I spent some time in religious life in the 90s, and have previously studied and worked in product-development. I have a keen interest in philosophy and liturgy; and enjoy relaxing watching a good comedy.
Marchellino Park
I am a seminarian for the Auckland Diocese originally from Korea. After I finished military service in Korea I came to NZ and was living at St Michael's parish in Remuera. In 2009 I was living in the seminary and studying English at language school and in 2010 started the seminary programme. I’m interested in playing sports such as table tennis and basketball.
Doug Shepherd
Doug Shepherd
I am a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Wellington, starting in 2008. I have been a primary school teacher and principal for over thirty five years. I have an older twin brother as well as a younger brother which makes me the middle child. My interests include hockey and football and watching it from the couch. I also like sharing a good bottle of red wine.
Huynh Tran
Huynh Tran
I am Huynh. I am from Vietnam. I arrived in New Zealand in July 2008. I am a seminarian for Christchurch Diocese. I had studied electronics at Ho Chi Minh University Of Industry in Vietnam for two years before I came to New Zealand. I love cooking, technology and playing sports.
Thanh Tran
My name is Thanh and I am from Vietnam. I was born and grew up in a big Catholic family. My family has nine children - I am number three - and my parents are farmers.
I arrived in New Zealand in July 2008. I belong to Christchurch Diocese and I want to be a priest in this Diocese. Becoming a priest has been my dream all my life.
Anthony Trenwith
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Marlouie Ugalde
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Michael Walker
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Mark William
Hi, my name is Mark William. I entered Holy Cross Seminary in 2011. I am from the diocese of Christchurch. Before entering the seminary, I completed a degree in electrical engineering.
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