Our ministry 


We are a faith filled team – the source of our ministry is Jesus Christ and we regularly seek Him through daily personal prayer, weekly reception of the Sacraments, and regular times of reflection and retreat. Every member of our team is committed to the evangelical mission that Jesus has entrusted to us:

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.”
(Matt 28:19, NRSV)

james bryant


delbert castillo

Parish Coordinator & Mission Team Supervisor
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. 
03 353 0705 ext 0
0210 259 3343
Delbert is a graduate of Mission Team 2013 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.

03 353 0705 ext 1


Carmela nepomuceno

Events Coordinator & Admin Support

Sam Sivertsen

Music Ministry Coordinator
03 353 0705 ext 2

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.

03 353 0705 ext 5

sinead gilgunn

Formation and Young Adult Coordinator & Mission Team Supervisor

Talia Steiner

Mission Team Coordinator
Sinead joined the Catholic Youth Team in 2014. She has a Degree in Theology and a Masters in Pastoral Care. She has a wealth of experience in the areas of parish support, youth & young adult formation programmes, coordinating diocese events, and providing pastoral care to young people. Sinead is passionate about creating opportunities for young people to encounter and maintain a relationship with the Lord.
03 353 0705 ext 4
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 lots of places in NZ. Talia is a facilitator for Loving For Life and is a graduate of the 2017 Mission Team.
03 353 0705 ext  3

mission team

4 Full-time Volunteers 

Fr edwin colaco

CYT Chaplain
Mission Team is a group of 4 young adult, full time volunteers. 
Inquiries around booking or joining the Mission Team can be made to Talia Steiner, Mission Team Coordinator:
03 353 0705
Fr Edwin Colaco is CYT’s chaplain. He 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, and has conducted various formation programmes for youth as well as formed youth groups in various parishes.