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 Youth Ministry Support Coordinator

Mark Currie offers support and training for our Parish Youth and Young Adult Ministry Teams.

Mark has been working in Youth and Young Adult Ministry for over nine years. He has experience running Parish Youth Groups, been on leadership teams for Camp-based Ministries, run Youth Ministry in a School Context and has been the Dunedin rep for the New Zealand Bishops Conference for Young people helping to organise their National events. Most recently Mark had been working with St Vincent de Paul and Young Vinnies in the Dunedin Diocese and as an online Sports commentator

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0211 240 497


Mission and Outreach Coordinator

As the CYT Mission and Outreach Coordinator Cyrene looks after the logistical aspects of our Mission Team ministry as well as exploring new ways to encourage mission with and to the young people in our communities.

Cyrene has been involved in Ministry with Youth and Young Adults for over 21 years through Youth for Christ, Singles for Christ and Couples for Christ. This has included running local youth ministry and mission programmes as well overseas Mission programmes. He has a great passion for the ministry and growing young peoples relationship with Christ and the church. Cyrene also has worked most recently in the corporate world with significant experience in sales teams.

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027 555 0551

Olivia Frahm
Mission Team Supervisor

Olivia provides supervision and pastoral care for our Mission Team.

She is from Oxford, North Canterbury, and is a graduate of the 2015 Mission Team.
She has worked as Youth Coordinator in a variety of Parish and Diocesan settings in Christchurch for the past 5 years.
She has recently returned to Aotearoa after serving for 1 ½ years as a missionary at the Catholic Children’s Home Finca del Niño in rural Honduras, where she worked as a teacher and programme coordinator. She has a heart for relational ministry and public speaking, as well as teaching and empowering young Catholic leaders.

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Vicki Schupbach
Admin Assistant

Vicki does an awesome job of helping keep us organized administratively as well as lots of other vital bits and pieces.

Vicki has a background in marketing and runs her own marketing business as well as currently Managing the Catholic bookshop.

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Mission Team
Missionary Volunteers

Mission Team is a group of 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:

Cyrene Tionko
03 353 0705
027 555 0551

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