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.

Godfrey Fernandez

I’ve been in the St Patrick’s Wainuiomata community for almost 17 years. Some parishioners will still label me a newbie! as many have lived there for many more years than that. I have had some involvement on the pastoral council and youth group over the years. The highlight of which was leading a small boisterous contingent to the 2008 World Youth Day in Sydney. A massive recent highlight for our community is the fact that we have moved back into our refurbished 100% code compliant church, which is a blessing and miracle from God. My family and I live in the wop wops of Wainuiomata tending to a small olive grove and three chickens. In my spare time I work in Information Technology as a partner at Catalyst IT.

Natasha Watson

I whakapapa back to Ngati Manawa, Tuhoe and Nga Puhi and am a relatively recent convert to the Catholic Faith and member of the Waiwhetu community of the Parish. I currently serve on the Stewardship team, OCIA and Children’s Liturgy. I am also the current Chair of Our Lady of the Rosary School Board of Trustees. I have three children ranging in age from teenager to young baby and I am passionate about my faith, social justice, adult formation and building connections and relationships throughout communities of the wider Te Wairua Tapu Parish.

Amy Kamo

I am part of the St Patricks Church stewardship team in Wainuiomata. Wainuiomata is a community I have been part of for most of my life, aside from a short stint in Christchurch, and is where my husband Ara and I now raise our three children. I am also on the St Claudine Thevenet School Board of Trustees where two of my children attend.

Aukusitino Smith

Michael Blackman

Geraldine and I have lived in Waiwhetu and Eastbourne for the past 42 years where I have been involved in various Church roles and for many years have been active in St Vincent de Paul.

A partner in my business, I now work part time, spending the other hours in various pursuits including Pest Trap maintenance in the Rimutaka Forest Park as well as biking and kayaking.

I will try and represent the Eastbourne Church community’s place in the Parish’s plan.

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