Catholic Diocese of Christchurch

The Mission Team is a dynamic Catholic Youth Ministry Team whose mission is to proclaim the  Gospel to Youth and Young Adults in the Diocese of Christchurch, New Zealand, The Team explore life and faith issues with young people and invite them into a vibrant, lifelong relationship with Christ and His Church. They do this primarily by facilitating peer to peer ministry programmes including School and Parish retreats, as  well as other regular events.         

Mission Team Life


Life on Mission Team begins with a 5 week intensive formation and training programme. During training, team members take time to deepen their personal relationship with Jesus and his church and develop and strengthen their relationships with other team members. You are also trained up in  all the practical skills required to evangelise and share the Gospel. This includes instruction in prayer and scripture, faith formation, and practical youth ministry and retreat leadership skills. You will learn about community life and how to journey successfully together as a team.

Community Life

After training the team continue to live life in an authentic Catholic community which is formed around their call to mission. Everyday time is spent in personal and corporate prayer, with regular opportunity for the sacraments, fellowship and spiritual direction.
As well as undertaking Youth Mission work in Christchurch City the team travels the length of the Diocese, engaging youth and young adults wherever they go. The general focus is on running dynamic retreats and youth events for high school students from Years 8-13 however the Mission Team is also involved in ministry for those outside of these age groups including families and young adults.

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If you want to book in the Mission Team for your school or organisation for 2018/2019 then click below for an online booking form.


Mission Team staff support


talia steiner
Mission Team Coordinator

delbert castillo

Male Mission
Team Supervisor

sinead gilgunn

Female Mission Team Supervisor

mission team alumni

2018 Team – Genevieve Joyce (Auckland), Jack O’Neill (Christchurch), Reuben Misa (Wellington), Teresa Rayner (Wellington)
2017 Team – Samantha Rabassa (Louisiana, USA), Liam Douglas (Greymouth), Talia Steiner (Waihi), Jack O’Neill (Christchurch), Teresa Rayner (Wellington), Peter Price (Christchurch), Lauren James (Nelson), Samuel Wyatt (Dannevirke)
2016 Team – Catherine Savelio (Auckland), Matthew Clark (Wellington), Te Ahu Mallon (Wellington), Kaelyn Graham (Christchurch), Jacob Fagan (Christchurch), Peter Price (Christchurch)
2015 Team – Te Ahu Mallon (Wellington), Catherine Savelio (Auckland), Olivia Frahm (Christchurch), Anna-Marie Barrett (Christchurch), Nathan Burtenshaw (Christchurch), Jonathan Mckay (Christchurch)
2014 Team – Gabrielle Fisk (Nelson), Aaron Poulter (Christchurch), Heather Mullin (South Dakota, USA)
2013 Team – Daniel Ingle (Christchurch), Taylor Cook (Christchurch)
2012 Team – Delbert Castillo (Christchurch), Emily Maguire (Christchurch), Olivia Gray (Christchurch), Viane Makalio (Christchurch) 
2011 Team – Gerard Trolove (Christchurch), Luanna Hodgetts (Christchurch), Stella Brennan (Hamilton), Thomas Saywell (Christchurch)