Bishop Michael Dooley ordained as 7th Bishop of Dunedin


Bishop Colin Campbell was the principal celebrant at last Thursday’s ordination of the new Bishop of Dunedin, Michael Dooley.

There were 11 concelebrating bishops: Cardinal John Dew, Archbishop Martin Krebs, and bishops Patrick Dunn, Stephen Lowe, Paul Martin, Charles Drennan, Dennis Brown, Peter Cullinane, Owen Dolan, Basil Meeking and Stuart O’Connell.

The ordination was attended by more than 1000 people including the Otago and Southland members of parliament, the mayors of Dunedin and Invercargill, representatives from community groups and councils throughout the diocese and representatives from various religious orders and Catholic secondary and primary schools.

There was a significant bicultural theme to the service and participation from a number of ethnic groups.

As well as a combined choir, choristers from the Samoan, Tongan and Filipino communities sang.

Children from St Mary’s School Mosgiel and St Peter Chanel School Green Island also performed.

Members of Bishop Michael’s family offered the prayers of the faithful.

The following morning, the liturgical installation of Bishop Michael was held in St Joseph’s Cathedral which was full to capacity.

The Cardinal Dew presided over this celebration.

The service was a moving one with the new bishop knocking on and entering the doors of the Cathedral, accompanied by Dew.

The new bishop received addresses of welcome from Fr Wayne Healey, representing the diocesan clergy, Sr Judith-Anne O’Sullivan OP representing the religious priests, brothers and sisters of the diocese and Tui Pasco representing the laity.

Dooley’s family also took part in this celebration.

At the end of the service, all the bishops and clergy stood for a photo on the stairs at the rear of the Church, while white doves were released.

Following this, members of the congregation and clergy met for morning tea and a cutting of the cake at Kavanagh College.

  • Click here for an explanation of Bishop Dooley’s coat of arms
  • Click here to see photos on Dunedin diocesan website
  • Click here to see photos on Bishop Lowe’s Facebook page
  • Click here to see photos on NZCBC Facebook page


  • Supplied: Amanda Gregan Communications Advisor – NZ Catholic Bishops /Te Huinga o ngā Pīhopa Katorika o Aotearoa
  • Image: Facebook
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