The Catholic Diocese of Christchurch was established by papal brief on 5 May 1887 with the new episcopy covering the West Coast and all of Canterbury. John Joseph Grimes SM was appointed bishop to the new See. Our diocesan patron saint is St John the Baptist.
Since then, the
Diocese has flourished building a strong Catholic community, across 18
parishes, that is served by diocesan and religious priests.
We invite you to join us. We invite you to deepen your faith journey, to be active in your faith and your faith community. We invite you connect and build a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ.
Right: The Church of the Blessed Sacrament became the pro-Cathedral on arrival of Bishop Grimes in 1887