Cathedral of St Patrick & St Joseph | Te Whare Karakia o Hato Pateriki raua ko Hato Hohepa | Catholic Diocese of Auckland, New Zealand

About Us


About Us

The Cathedral of St. Patrick and St. Joseph serves the Catholic Diocese of Auckland in Aotearoa New Zealand.

On this page, you will find a range of information on St. Patrick’s Cathedral, including parking options, a list of Cathedral staff and lay ministries for parishioners. Use the menu to the left to quickly access specific information, or scroll down to read more.

Donations and Planned Giving

“Christ’s faithful have the obligation to provide for the needs of the Church, so that the Church has available to it those things which are necessary for divine worship, for works of the apostolate and of charity, and for the worthy support of its ministers.”
Canon 222, The Code of Canon Law, 1983.

A Planned Giving Programme has been in place for many years at the Cathedral. This program allows people to contribute, on a regular basis, to the care of the Cathedral priests and the Bishop and to the upkeep of the Cathedral itself.

Planned Giving enrolment forms can be found on the inside of the weekly newsletter. Contributions can be made through the traditional envelope system or by automatic payment.

By providing contact details and indicating your preferred method of contribution, a set of envelopes or automatic payment form will be forwarded to you.

One of the benefits of being enrolled in the Planned Giving Programme, as opposed to making loose cash contributions to the collection basket, is that your contributions are recorded each week and a tax receipt is sent to you at the end of the tax year (31 March). The Catholic Church is registered as a charitable organisation and there is no limit on the amount you can claim for tax purposes.

To enrol in the St. Patrick’s Cathedral Planned Giving Programme, please forward your name, address, phone number and payment preference (i.e. envelopes or automatic payment) to the Cathedral Office.

New ways to give to the Cathedral

Living cashless? The Cathedral is now on Pushpay (a 10-second giving app) and Tap and Go!

Go to your app store, download the Pushpay app, register, in the search button put St Patrick’s Cathedral, Auckland, click and give! Tax-deductible receipts are automatically sent to your email address.

Your weekly gifts enable liturgy, worship and the care of our priests. Thank you!

You can also donate via Pushpay by using the Donate button below:

Tap and Go at the Cathedral

You can make an automatic donation of $5 with your credit or debit card by tapping it on the Tap and Go Module located on the wooden stand by the main entrance of the Cathedral. We thank you for your support.

Becoming a Parishioner

An important part of the Cathedral’s life is welcoming new catholics.

The programme of adult formation in the faith is known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

It is a wonderful series of steps and stages that can lead to Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist (Communion).

Usually adult Baptisms (or ‘Reception’ if you were already baptised in another Christian denomination) take place at the great Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday night. It is a wonderful and moving ceremony that coincides with the first Mass of the Resurrection for Easter Sunday.

You can join the RCIA at any time. There is a course currently underway ~ enquirers are welcome and we would like you to know that there will be no pressure to sign up. We take you as you are and go at your pace!’

For further (no obligation) enquiries, please contact our Parish Pastoral Coordinator via the Cathedral Office.

Our People

Fr Chris Denham – Dean of the Cathedral ~

Fr Tony King-Archer – Assistant Priest ~

Fr George Carlos sdb – Assistant Priest ~

Syd Beguely – Finance & Operations Manager ~

Rebecca Knibb – Cathedral Secretary ~

Anita Hudson – Parish Pastoral Coordinator ~

Brian Mitchell – Property Officer ~

Nicholas Forbes – Acting Director of Music ~

David Bell-Booth – Cathedral Florist ~

John Novak – Chairman, Works and Finance Committee

To contact any member of the Cathedral staff, please visit our contact page.


Validated Sunday parking at Wilson Hobson St Car Park (old Farmers) $4 for 3 hours.

Wilson Car Park continue to offer St Patrick’s Cathedral $2 Sunday Mass parking at the Durham Lane car park.  This car park also offers 3 hours of validated parking on a Sunday.

Wilson’s have extended this to cover weddings on Saturdays, and weekday evening church functions (only after 6.30pm)

St Patrick’s Square

Please note that the Square is owned by Auckland Council and NOT the Church. It is designated a pedestrian mall and parking is not permitted. Cars parked illegally can be fined or towed by Council traffic wardens.

Mobility Cards: A few spaces are available on either side of the Cathedral doors for people with disabilities. These spaces must be kept free for people who really need them. Please be considerate.

Travel Options

  • Walk: The Cathedral is a short walk from Auckland’s major downtown hotels and local apartments.
  • Cycle: Bicycles can be secured against the stone walls on either side of the main doors of the church.
  • Taxi: Taxis are not inexpensive but they do save the hassle of trying to find a car park for a private vehicle.
  • Bus: The Auckland central business district is well served by bus transport from all outlying Auckland suburbs.
  • Train: The Britomart Train Station is located downtown and is within a 10 minute walk of the Cathedral.
  • Ferry: Ferry transport is available from the North Shore (Devonport and Northcote), the eastern suburbs (Half Moon Bay) and Waiheke Island. Ferries arrive at the downtown ferry terminal, a ten-minute walk to the Cathedral.
  • Street Parking: Some metered street parking is available on Swanson Street, Federal Street and other surrounding streets.
  • Parking Garages: There are two parking garages, with a total capacity of over 1000 vehicles, located within 100m of the Cathedral.
  • Parking for Weddings, Baptisms, Funerals: You are able to avail yourself of the parking at Wilson Carpark for weddings, baptisms and funerals held on SATURDAY.

Special Events: For special events after 6:30pm during the week, e.g. Rite II Reconciliation, Chrism Mass, special Diocesan Masses, validated parking is also available.

We are very grateful to Wilson Parking for their assistance with parking nearby the Cathedral.

Liston Hall

Liston Hall is the parish hall of the Cathedral located on the lower ground floor of Liston House.

Entrance to the hall is primarily through the office door located through the wrought iron gates opposite the glass front doors of the Cathedral.

The hall offers a large room with parquet flooring, kitchen (fridge, stove and microwave) and toilet facilities but no associated parking. Parking is limited to local on-street or parking garage facilities.

For rental enquiries and a hall rental application form, please contact the Cathedral Office.

Pastoral Priorities

We are blessed with a very beautiful and unique historic church, perhaps one of the most prayed-in buildings in New Zealand…. a House of God, an Icon of Christ, the Mother Church, a Place of Prayer, an Oasis of Peace.

We believe that here in the country’s largest and busiest city, God has “pitched his tent” and He is here to stay!

Each Sunday, over 3,000 people attend Masses here, with hundreds more attending weekday services. Perhaps most poignantly are the hundreds that call in each week for prayer or peace, people of all faiths and none. Last year alone over 130,000 candles were lit at the candle stations!

As a Community we celebrate the 2,000 year tradition of Catholic Spirituality by:

  • maintaining and preserving St. Patrick’s as a sacred space.
  • keeping our doors open, daylight hours, every day of the year. A place of welcome to all who visit.
  • celebrating the liturgies of the church with the full, conscious and active participation of all. We celebrate the presence of Christ in Word and Sacrament. There is a special emphasis on reverent, meaningful liturgies (worship). We are a singing parish! We draw on music both from the sacred tradition and from contemporary sources.
  • preaching the Word (homilies) in a way that speaks to the issues of today.
  • being a welcoming community, especially for families. Children’s Liturgy is provided at the 8am, 11am, and 4.30pm Sunday Masses.

Email Us

    Cathedral Contacts

    Hours: 9.00 am - 4.30 pm, Monday - Friday

    Phone: +64 (9) 303 4509

    Fax: +64 (9) 379 8498


    St. Patrick's Cathedral 43 Wyndham Street Auckland 1010 New Zealand

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