– C a t h o l i c   D i o c e s e   o f   C h r i s t c h u r c h –

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
for a retreat or event in 2018/2019


With any inquiries with regards to the Mission Team please get in contact with Talia:
Email: tsteiner@chch.catholic.org.nz          Phone: 03 353 0705 ext 3

-Mission Team Supervisors-

Delbert Castillo           Sinead Gilgunn


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 –
Catherine Savelio (Auckland), Matthew Clark (Wellington),
Te Ahu Mallon (Wellington), Kaelyn Graham (Christchurch),
Jacob Fagan (Christchurch), Peter Price (Christchurch)
– 2015 – 
Te Ahu Mallon (Wellington), Catherine Savelio (Auckland),
Olivia Frahm (Christchurch), Anna-Marie Barrett (Christchurch), Nathan Burtenshaw (Christchurch), Jonathan Mckay (Christchurch)
– 2014 –
Gabrielle Fisk (Nelson), Aaron Poulter (Christchurch),
Heather Mullin (South Dakota, USA)
– 2013 –
Daniel Ingle (Christchurch), Taylor Cook (Christchurch)
– 2012 –
Emily Maguire (Christchurch), Viane Makalio (Christchurch),
Delbert Castillo (Christchurch), Olivia Gray (Christchurch)
-2011 – 
Gerard Trolove (Christchurch), Luanna Hodgetts (Christchurch), Stella Brennan (Hamilton), Thomas Saywell (Christchurch)