2 Glen Oaks Road Glendowie
Redemptorists have been present in the lives of the people of New Zealand for over 130 years. Australian Redemptorists began travelling to New Zealand to preach summer missions beginning in 1883. The success of these missions, and the connections they made with the communities they served, led to the acquisition of a property on Wellington’s Mount Victoria. This was to be the site of the first Redemptorist community to permanently settle in New Zealand.
Today the Redemptorists continue to accompany and journey with the people of New Zealand. The Redemptorists currently serve three parishes in Auckland New Zealand; St Anthony’s Parish, St Thérèse’s Parish (known as the Mangere Catholic Parishes.) and St Pius X in Glen Innes. All parishes have a significant community of Samoan and Tongan parishioners who bring distinct cultural traditions to these vibrant parishes.
A strong number of the Syro-Malabar community have migrated to New Zealand, most of them during the past decades. The spiritual centre of the Syro-Malabar Church, the second largest of the 21 Eastern Catholic Churches, remains in Kerala, Southern India. But Syro-Malabar folk have migrated in considerable numbers both to other parts of India and to such countries as the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
For over a decade the Redemptorists have been serving the Syro – Malabar Community in New Zealand, celebrating of Mass and participating in faith formation programs. There are three hundred families in Auckland with 214 students attending catechism classes every Sunday. This community is divided into six family units according to where people live.
Every month we gather for prayer hosted by a local family. Our time spent in prayer and community helps us get to know each other and grow in faith. In Auckland, we serve the Parish of the Immaculate Conception in Ellerslie. We preside over two Sunday masses and a Friday evening mass.
Our commitment to the Syro – Malabar Community also extends to Palmerston North where two Redemptorist priests are present for the spiritual needs of the community.
Mother of Perpetual Help Parish
510 Riddell Road
Ph: +64 (0)9 575 9296
St. Anthony, Mangere Bridge, St Therese, Mangere East
20 Kirkbride Road
Mangere Bridge, Manukau,
(Ph) +64 (0)9 275 5401