NZBCIR Representation at RDC Event. See the article here.

NZCBCIR member interviewed Singaporean Sister Theresa Seow who received an award by a Muslim organisation. Listen here.

From 04 to 05 March 2023, the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Committee for Interfaith Relations (NZCBCIR) met in Palmerston North.
Every diocese in Aotearoa New Zealand has one representative on this Committee who is also member of the local Interfaith Council which is made up of representatives from different religious traditions.
Bishop Michael Dooley from Dunedin liaises with the New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
For more information, please contact us here.

Picture from left to right: Nick Wilson (Palmerston North), Christopher Longhurst (Wellington), Colin MacLeod (Dunedin), Adele Churchman (Christchurch/Timaru), Beate Matthies (Auckland), Teresa Fernandez (Hamilton) and Bishop Michael Dooley.
Missing on the picture: Matthew Gardner (Christchurch)

Quote from Pope Francis (Evangelii Gaudium, 250. 2013):
Interreligious dialogue is a necessary condition for peace in the world, and so it is a duty for Christians as well as other religious communities. This dialogue is in first place a conversation about human existence or simply, as the bishops of India have put it, a matter of ‘being open to them, sharing their joys and sorrows’.”

Pope Francis’ new Relational Theology

Dr Mary Eastham honoured for her interfaith work
Canossian Sister Theresa Seow honoured by Muslim charity for her interfaith work

NZCBCIR Resources:
Interfaith booklet promoting peace and understanding.
The booklet is available at

Vatican Resources:
Nostra Aetate – Declaration on the Relation of the Church to non-Christian Religions

Further Resources:
Interfaith in Aotearoa New Zealand
Muffin Talks, Links & Presentations
RDC 2023 Webinar Series “Building a Climate of Hope”

Interfaith Events coming up: