OUR MINISTRY TEAM
Our goal is to grow the Church in the Christchurch Diocese by bringing the youth and young adult ministry vision of Bishop Paul Martin to life and serving the parishes and communities of the Diocese.
We call young people and families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church through personal communication, events, initiatives, and resources.
James is originally from Australia. He completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science and worked in retail management before feeling called to youth ministry. James has over 18 years in Youth Ministry, working as part of a a retreat team (NET Australia), Diocesan Youth Coordinator (Toowoomba Australia) and in Parish Youth Ministry (Queensland and Christchurch). He holds a graduate certificate in Youth Ministry from BBI in Australia.
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Parish Support Coordinator
Mission Team Supervisor
Delbert is a graduate of Mission Team 2012 and helped set up the flourishing St Teresa’s Youth Group. He filled the role of Music Coordinator at CYT in 2014 and returned in 2016 as the Parish Coordinator. He is a worship leader, is on the leadership team for EXALT Music Ministry and attended Ignite Youth Ministry Conference in Brisbane.
Delbert supports the men on Mission Team pastorally as well as supervising the team on retreats. He has a passion for seeing youth ministry grow in parishes, connecting in with people and promoting events and the Lord through media.
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Music Ministry Coordinator
Sam is a Christchurch local with many years of ministry experience including time with CYT and Tertiary Chaplaincy. She holds a BA in Psychology, Certificate in Youth Ministry and Diploma in Urban Mission Studies. Sam has been very involved and passionate about the music side of the ministry throughout her years in Ministry and in the past has been part of the CYT music team as well as many other music ministry teams.
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Carmela is from Auckland and has a Degree in Fine Arts through the University of Auckland (Elam). She has extensive experience in youth ministry and event planning through her leadership in serving for the family ministry of CFC Youth for Christ. She is a Catholic speaker and creative with a heart for women, relational ministry, creative arts and delving deep in the mystery of the sacraments. She is passionate about pointing to the truth, goodness and beauty found in ourselves, our relationships and our gifts, by seeing God as the centre of it all.
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Formation and Young Adult Coordinator
Mission Team Supervisor
Avina has a postgraduate degree in Business from the Auckland Institute of Studies, St Helens. She is originally from India and has always had the heart to work for the Catholic Church. She has volunteered extensively for the Auckland Diocese and finds her inspiration in meeting young people with a passion for Christ. She has had experience in leading worship, coordinating events and evangelizing. Avina will be supporting the women in the Mission Team and will be instrumental in pastoral mentoring.
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Mission Team Coordinator
Talia holds a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) from Waikato University and has been teaching for a number of years. She is from Waihi, a small town in the North Island, and has had the privilege of living, working and travelling to numerous places in NZ. Talia is a facilitator for Loving For Life and is a graduate of the 2017 Mission Team.
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Fr Edwin Colaco
Fr Edwin Colaco is a Salesian priest and has worked with young people for nearly 25 years. Fr Edwin has been a youth director in many parishes and the delegate at a national level for Salesian Youth. He has conducted various formation programmes for youth as well as formed youth groups in various parishes. He is currently the chaplain for CYT and Marian College, as well as the assistant parish priest for St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral.
5 Full-Time Volunteers
Mission Team is a group of 5 young adult, full time volunteers. They serve the Christchurch Diocese in running retreats for schools, youth groups and serve other programmes throughout the diocese.
Inquiries around booking or joining the Mission Team can be made to:
Talia Steiner – Mission Team Coordinator
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