Catholic Maori leader to be ordained a Deacon

Palmerston North based man, Danny Karatea-Goddard, will be ordained a Deacon this weekend.

He will be ordained by Bishop Charles Drennan, the Bishop of Palmerston North, on Saturday, at 11am, at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Broadway Avenue.

“Danny and [his wife] Maru are already widely involved in serving the Maori Catholic community as well as civic groups. What has made a deep impression on me is the way the Maori community itself has discerned Danny’s spiritual gifts. Maori ministering to Maori is a great blessing,” says Bishop Charles Drennan.

Karatea-Goddard is of Maori and Chinese descent.

He and Maru serve on the Te Runanga o te Hahi Katorika ki Aotearoa as treasurer and national secretary respectively.

They also take lead the Hato Hohepa Maori Catholic community in Feilding.

Karatea-Goddard will continue his pastoral ministry with special focus on Maori pastoral care and formation in the Manawatu region.

“For me, with Maru alongside and with my community this has been a long journey of discernment about what is best for our faith community. The result has been a decision that has sprung from the community and from myself to take this step to acknowledge the role of pastoral care for Maori that comes from within the Maori Catholic community,” he says.

“I’m proud of both my Maori and Chinese heritage and I hope to continue to be of service to the Church and people from all walks of life.”

Te Runanga o te Hahi Katorika ki Aotearoa is the national body established by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference to advise the bishops on the pastoral care and evangelisation of Maori.


Supplied NZCBC:  Simone Olsen, Communications Adviser, New Zealand Catholic Bishops, 021 611 052

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