Meet the Parish Pastoral Council

The first six months have been both challenging for this newly formed Parish Pastoral Council. We have farewelled Lorraine McArthur who was our Chair for the first few months. Her wealth of experience and gentle leadership style set us on our way. As the new chair, elected at the July meeting, I am pleased to report that things are starting to take shape as we begin to plan and look at strategies to achieve the goals reflected by our new mission and vision statements. We have begun our own formation, focussing on Laudato Si. Pope Francis calls us to care for our common home. He also tells us we must care for the poor. We have so many opportunities to do this as we are called, gifted and sent forth (Parish Vision Statement).

When I reflect on what we have achieved thus far, I am reminded that we are always guided by Te Wairua Tapu.

God Bless

Bernadette Patelesio


Fr Marlon Maylon

I am Filipino and I am a member of the Society of the Divine Word. We are a missionary order who work in more than 70 countries. I have previously worked in Ecuador and Australia before coming to New Zealand.

Fr John Quang

I am Vietnamese by origin and moved to Australia 30 years ago as a refugee.After my seminary formation, I was sent and involved in different ministries: parish, hospital chaplaincy, migrant workers, and formation for seminarians. Before coming to New Zealand, I was in Alice Springs, Central Australia, working among the Aborigines.

Catherine Gardner

I moved to Petone in 2011, having previously lived in Auckland, London, Detroit, Dunedin and Oamaru where I was born and raised. I was educated by the Dominicans and am privileged to be able to serve the Parish on the Pastoral Council. I am committed to making the Parish of the Holy Spirit, Te Wairua Tapu an inclusive, vibrant and progressive Parish.

Liz Heatley

I joined the Parish Council in June as the representative of our 4 Parish schools. I am the Principal of Sacred Heart School Petone and a member of the Sacramental Programme Team in the Sacred Heart Church community. I have been at Sacred Heart School for 6 years. I have been a teacher for over 30 years and a Principal for 21 years. I am a parishioner of St Mary of the Angels Parish in Wellington. I am looking forward to working on the Parish Council over the next year.

Martin Ryan

I’m part of the Our Lady of the Rosary community where I am acting chairman of the Stewardship team and also involved in Children’s Liturgy. I’ve been at OLR for around seven years. My wife and 8 year old daughter are both part of the music group, which is a great group – one of the reasons we choose Lower Hutt when we came back from overseas. The younger two kids are next to join the line up.

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