The National Liturgy Office (NLO) is an agency of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference. It was established in 2009 to assist the bishops in achieving their pastoral priorities for liturgy in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Father John O'Connor is the Co-Director of the National Liturgy Office. He is based in Christchurch.
Fr John is the creator and author of the www.foodforfaith.org.nz website and online ministry.
Catherine Gibbs is Co-Director with responsibilities including administration, website and formation liaison. She is based in Wellington.
They collaborate with the National Advisory Group (NLAG) to prepare, coordinate and implement the NLO's Annual Plan. This includes key strategic areas, goals, strategies, and initiatives.
The Co-Directors also coordinate the National Network of Liturgical Musicians (NNLM) and the National Network for the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (NNOCIA).
National Liturgy Office
National Liturgy Advisory Group
Together with the appointment of the Co-Directors, the Conference established the National Liturgy Advisory Group. These people assist the Director and the Conference on liturgical matters.
Fr John O'Connor (Co-Director)
P: 021 444 179
Catherine Gibbs (Co-Director)
P: 021 1660 997
Deacon Danny Karatea-Goddard (Te Runanga)
P: 06 358 8079 / 06 354 1780 ext 838
Fr Anthony Harrison (Dunedin)
P: 03-215 7315 / 027 282 0932
Fr Patrick Bridgman (Wellington)
P: 04 496 1728
Msgr Bernard Kiely (Auckland)
P: 09 620 9515
National Network for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
The National Network for the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a body within the National Liturgy Office, that draws its membership from representatives who have responsibility for implementing and supporting the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in each of the dioceses in New Zealand.
Fr Joe Grayland (Palmerston North)
P: 027 777 8096
Joe Green (Wellington)
P: 021 121 3785
Robert Garan (Hamilton)
P: 027 627 4475
to be appointed (Christchurch)
Sr Sian Owen RSJ (Auckland)
P: 09 360 3056 / 027 329 3877
to be appointed (Dunedin)
National Network of Liturgical Musicians
The work of the NNLM in many ways complements the revision of the Roman Missal. The new English translations of the Mass texts bring beauty, nobility, solemnity and a sacral tone to the language of the liturgy. The task of the NNLM is to bring that same beauty and nobility to the music that is used in the liturgy.
In 2016 Judith Courtney, from St Mary's Parish, Papakura, Auckland was appointed to the role of Liturgical Music Project Coordinator. One of her first tasks was to reactivate the working committee for the National Network of Liturgical Musicians. Diocesan members are:
Maureen Smith - Dunedin
Nicola Mountain - North Otago
Ken Joblin - Christchurch
tbc - Wellington
tbc - Palmerston North
tbc - Hamilton
Eileen Barrington - Auckland
Judith Courtney - Auckland
New Zealand Sign Language Catholic Advisory Group
Members of the Advisory Group are working their way through the Signs of the Mass with members of their local Catholic Deaf Communities in order to arrive at the very best possible translation.
Māori Translation Team
Te Rōpū Whakamaori - Māori Translation Team
Te Rōpū Whakamaori - Māori Translation team's primary role is one of translation to ensure that bilingual elements are present in our printed liturgical texts, such as the Roman Missal.
Pateriki Butler (Kaumãtua)
Deacon Danny Karatea-Goddard
Rev. Geremy Hema