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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Mission Team staff support


James Bryant

CYT Manager

delbert castillo

Male Mission Team Supervisor

aiber castillo

Female Mission Team Supervisor

mission team 2017 Sisterhood

Samantha Rabassa
Louisiana, USA
Female Team Leader
Teresa Rayner
Wellington, NZ
Lauren James
Nelson, NZ
Talia Steiner
Waihi, NZ

 mission team 2017  Brotherhood.

Peter Price
Christchurch, NZ
Male Team Leader
Liam Douglas
Greymouth, NZ
Jack O’Neill
Christchurch, NZ