Apostolic Vicariate of Western Oceania
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Apostolic Vicariate of Western Oceania
The Bishop's Castle of the Pompallier Diocesan Centre in Auckland

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Auckland is a Latin Rite diocese of the Catholic Church in Auckland, New Zealand. It was one of two dioceses in the country that were established on 20 June 1848. Auckland became a suffragan diocese of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Wellington in 1887.[1] A large area of the diocese south of Auckland was split from the diocese on 6 March 1980 to form the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton, New Zealand. In 2021 almost 40 per cent of New Zealand's 471,000 Catholics lived within the diocese of Auckland.[2]

Ordinaries of Auckland

Jean Baptiste Pompallier, the 1st Bishop of Auckland
Tenure Incumbent Life
1836-1842 Jean-Baptiste-François Pompallier (Vicar Apostolic of Western Oceania); see below 1802-1871
1842-1848 Jean-Baptiste-François Pompallier (Vicar Apostolic of New Zealand); see above & below
1848-1869 Jean-Baptiste-François Pompallier (1st Bishop of Auckland); see above
1870-1874 Thomas Croke 1824-1902
1879-1881 Walter Steins SJ, Archbishop (personal title) 1800-1881
1882-1896 John Luck OSB 1840-1896
1896-1910 George Lenihan OSB 1858-1910
1910-1929 Henry Cleary 1859-1929
1929-1970 James Liston, Archbishop (personal title) in 1953 1881-1976
1970-1974 Reginald John Delargey (future Cardinal) 1914-1979
1974-1983 John Mackey 1918-2014
1983-1994 Denis Browne Born 1937
1994-2021 Patrick Dunn Born 1950
2021-present Stephen Lowe Born 1962

Delargey was appointed Archbishop of Wellington in 1974 (Cardinal in 1976).
Browne was appointed Bishop of Hamilton in New Zealand in 1994.

Other bishops

Auxiliary bishops

Coadjutor bishop

Bishop assistant

Other priests of this diocese who became bishops

Current bishops


See also

Secondary schools


  1. ^ "Original NZ dioceses celebrate birthdays", NZ Catholic, June 1998.
  2. ^ a b Bishop Lowe is the new bishop of Auckland, NZ Catholic, 18 December 2021 (Retrieved 18 December 2021)
  3. ^ "Bishop Bob Leamy releases his autobiography", Society of Mary website (Retrieved 15 January 2019)

External links

  • Auckland Catholic Diocese
  • "Diocese of Auckland". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved .

Coordinates: 36°50?43?S 174°44?50?E / 36.845312°S 174.747088°E / -36.845312; 174.747088

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