Through the sacrament of Baptism, each Christian receives a “call” or vocation.  All are called to holiness and to serve.  This can be lived out in a variety of ways – as a married or single person, or as a Priest, Brother or Sister.  A vocation is not a single act, but a life-long process, a journey of faith.  The vocation as a Priest sees the priest representing Jesus in his leadership role as head of the Body of Christ, the Church.


A seminarian is someone in formation to be a priest.  The seminary is a place where seminarians live.  Seminarians have their spiritual, human and pastoral education at Holy Cross Seminary situated in Ponsonby, a central suburb in Auckland. The academic formation takes place at Good Shepherd College, also in Ponsonby.

Diocesan Priest

A diocesan priest lives and ministers in a particular geographic area called a diocese, which is led by a Bishop.  New Zealand has six Catholic Dioceses: the Archdiocese of Wellington, Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Christchurch and Dunedin.

A Diocesan Priest does not belong to a religious community or order of Priests.  He lives a celibate life, following the example of Jesus himself, and promises obedience to the Bishop.

A Diocesan Priest’s first community is the Parish community which he serves.  The parish is a Eucharistic community and the priest leads the community in the celebration of the Eucharist and the other sacraments.  The priest proclaims the Gospel in his preaching and homilies.  He encourages lay people in their involvement in the parish.

Diocesan Contacts for Priestly Vocations

Auckland Diocese
Fr Rob O'Brien
Immaculate Conception Parish
66 Main Highway, Ellerslie
Auckland 1051
Telephone (09) 579 5458
Email fr.robrien@gmail.com

Wellington Archdiocese
Fr David Dowling
Our Lady of Grace Parish
5 Palmer Crescent
Upper Hutt 5019
Ph (04) 972 4282
Email frdavidd@gmail.com 

Hamilton Diocese
Vocations Website

Acting Vocations Director
Father Eamon Kennedy
St George's Parish
24 Seddon Street
PO Box 21
Te Kuiti 3941
Ph: (07) 878 6417
Email: keamon@ihug.co.nz 

Palmerston North Diocese
Fr Simon Story
Sacred Heart Parish
425 East Heretaunga Street
Hastings East 4201
Ph (06) 878 7774
Email simonstory@clear.net.nz

Christchurch Diocese
Fr Chris Orr
Cathedral Presbytery
122 Barbadoes Street
Christchurch 8011
Ph (03) 377 5610
Email chrisburnout@yahoo.co.nz

Dunedin Diocese
Fr Mark Chamberlain
420 Great King St Po Box 6090
Dunedin North 9030
Ph (03) 479 0066
Email machamberlain@hotmail.com

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