We are looking forward to our inspiring family festival celebration on Saturday the 17th of November, 2018; from 10am till 3pm; at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul as we celebrate our Thanksgiving and Ordination.  This is our opportunity to come together as diocesan family to celebrate the ordination as transitional deacons and priests of those responding to God’s call; and to join together in thanks for what God has been doing amongst our movement, transforming us as we partner with Him.


It really is open to everyone – and we know that when you come, you’ll go back to your community full of gratitude for God’s goodness.  So we encourage all – from Ruapehu to Red Rocks, from Whanganui to Wairarapa, leaders and parishioners, young and old to come together, and continue to build the bond of family.

To help spread the word, we encourage parish leaders and communicators to share the word.  There are posters, PowerPoint slides and other resources in the “resources for parishes” section below.

We’ll update you on how the day will run as we get closer to the event.  Please pray for Bishop Justin, Bishop Eleanor, all the ordinands and their families, and all diocesan personnel involved in the discernment and ordination process.

What’s on offer?

After everyone has gathered for the ordination, there will be a number of opportunities to express thanksgiving.  We’ll have a range of ministries and initiatives on display so you can see what’s going on around our movement, but we want you to be involved too.  Start thinking about what you and your mission unit are thankful for – and come ready to share with the whole whānau.  We’ll tell you more in coming weeks!

Lunch arrangements

In addition to having food and barista-made coffee available for purchase, you’re welcome to bring your own picnic, and we encourage mission units to bring food to share for a shared “family banquet” – an opportunity for us to gather together and ensure everyone is nourished and taken care of.  We’ll let you know the details as planning progresses.

To the Holy Order of Priests

Reverend Catherine Froud, Parish of Northland-Wilton

I’m married to Jeff Sissons, with two adult children, live in Karori, and recently joined St Anne’s Northland-Wilton.  Previously I was on the leadership team at St Hilda’s Island Bay, and before at St Mary’s Karori, studying Theology through Laidlaw College while working in Communications roles in government ministries.  However, God’s call to ministry proved much more compelling – with its ready-made whanau of diverse followers of Jesus, sharing life in His Kingdom work. It’s exciting encouraging others to join in, as we gather, building teams for discipleship, ministry and mission.

Reverend Fiona Thomson, Parish of Pauatahanui

Fiona is deeply honoured to be called to Priesthood, and concurrently studying for her BMin.  She and Julian recently celebrated 30 years of marriage together, and are blessed with a daughter Rosemary and son-in-law Thomas.  Fiona serves God passionately, imbuing every role with creativity – building discipleship through small groups, enabling others to discover their talents and strengths, loving God and loving people.

Reverend Andy Hickman, Parish of All Saints, Palmerston North


Along with my wife, Bek, and our daughters Abigail, Lizzy, Grace and Ena, we love being in our Wellington Diocese as much as we love being fans of Doctor Who.  I have a passion for social justice initiatives and I feel called to be a shepherd in the church and in our local community, and so I am honoured to be priested.  Arohanui, Andy

Reverend Ana Fletcher, Urban Vision

I’m originally from Sri Lanka, but have spent most of my life in Mt Roskill, Auckland.  I am married to Paul and we have one son Ishmael and another baby due in March.  We now live in Whanganui as part of an Urban Vision team based in Gonville.  I also work as the Intercultural Communities Enabler for our Diocese as part of a partnership with NZCMS.

Reverend Paul Fletcher, Urban Vision

Originally from Scotland, I’ve been in New Zealand since 2012.  I’m married to Anashuya (also being ‘priested’) and we have a young son, Ishmael.  Most of my life in Aotearoa has been spent in Auckland, though we have recently moved to Whanganui as part of Urban Vision.  The past decade has been spent giving our best energy toward the local neighbourhoods we’ve been part of… and obsessing over coffee.

Reverend Murray Wills, Parish of Lower Hutt

Kia ora.  I’m Murray and I have had the privilege of being part of the family and serving God in the Parish of Lower Hutt for a number of years, most recently as Deacon Assistant.  I’m married to Amanda and we live with our two university age sons.  Thanks be to God, and to those who have journeyed with me, encouraging me to answer God’s call.  I look forward to serving alongside you as a priest.


Reverend Emile Pacifique, Journey Christian Fellowship

My name is Emile Pacifique and I am married to Persis, we have three grown up children, Jerome, Evangeline and Melissa.  Persis and I live in Silverstream, Upper Hutt.  It is a good thing to serve the Lord!

Reverend Hera Whitehead, Parish of Newlands-Paparangi

To the Holy Order of Deacons

Froduald Mugiraneza, Journey Christian Fellowship

Kia ora Koutou, I am married to Cecile and God blessed us with two daughters and one son.  We live in Stokes Valley and we’re part of Journey Group based at St Paul’s church Waiwhetu.  My passion is to see people transformed and I look forward to joining hands with others to win more souls for Christ in this incredible journey.

Mark Henderwood, Parish of Island Bay

What a privilege to follow the call into ordination!  My background includes nursing, music and education.  Big thanks and love to Gillian, Summer and Molly for their part in this journey.  I’m intrigued to see what God has in mind for us going forward.

Graham Conlon, Parish of Oroua

My wife Su and I moved to Feilding from England with our girls 15 years ago.  I am a teacher at Feilding High School where I act as the school’s chaplain among other roles.  I also serve as part of the ministry team in the Oroua Parish.  I have a passion for rural ministry and pastorally supporting students and colleagues.

Simon Falconer, Parish of Waiwhetu

Alan Wilson, Parish of Miramar-Seatoun-Strathmore

I am married to Alana and have four adult children, Rebekah, Miriam, Ben and Rachael.  I am privileged to be part of and serve within the St Aidan’s Peninsular Parish church family in Miramar.  I am a paramedic working as a lecturer on the Paramedic programme at Whitireia Polytechnic.  I am humbled and honoured to be taking this next step into service in ordained ministry.

Wendy Thornburrow, Parish of St Matthew’s, Masterton

Since being a teenager, I have known a call to ordained ministry which is now being fulfilled!  I ministered alongside my late minister/pastor husband in several parishes and an independent Pentecostal church.  I have been a Funeral Celebrant for 25+ years, first in Auckland and now in the Wairarapa since moving here almost three years ago.  I am a proud mother of four children and Nana to eight wonderful grandchildren.  I look forward to continuing to serve God both within the church of St Matthew’s, Masterton, and as a locum hospital chaplain.

Sonya Lewthwaite, Victoria University Chaplaincy

Sonya is a chaplain at Ramsey House Anglican Chaplaincy (VUW).  She has a background in Theology through Otago and has worked and taught at Salvation Army Booth College of Mission for the past two years.  She and her husband Jon worship at St Paul’s in Waiwhetu, where they are involved in youth and children’s ministry.  They are expecting their first child in December.

Māmari Stephens, Parish of Kelburn

Chris Kirby, Urban Vision

I am a husband, father, counsellor, youth worker and soon to be deacon.  After a season living in Wellington in the Mt Cook team of Urban Vision, then a short stint at St John’s College, my wife, our son Reuben and I now live Whanganui seeking to live out God’s missional call in our suburb of Gonville.

Chelsea Kirby, Urban Vision

Tēnā koutou katoa.  I am a mum to Reuben, wife to Chris and a teacher by trade – living in the beautiful city of Whanganui after seasons with Urban Vision in central Wellington and St Johns’ College in Auckland.  Chris and I are so excited to begin serving our neighbourhood and this Diocese as deacons and feel really privileged to be on the journey.  Ma te Atua tātou e manaaki.

Location: Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, Cnr Hill and Molesworth Streets, Thorndon, Wellington

Car parking:

Car parking near the Cathedral is scarce.

Elderly / disabled parking:

The front half of the Cathedral’s main car park on Hill Street (in front of Loaves and Fishes) will be reserved for pre-arranged parking for the elderly and disabled.   If you would like to reserve a space in this parking area, please contact Ian Raistrick at the Cathedral on ian@wellingtoncathedral.org.nz.

The rear half of this car park will be closed, as it will be in use for the event.

Available car parks as you drive up Molesworth Street:

  • Molesworth Street: On the eastern side of the Cathedral, as you drive up Molesworth Street, there are 14 spaces available.
  • Just behind Cathedral: As you drive up Molesworth Street, there are a further 23 spaces immediately behind the Cathedral.
  • 61 Molesworth Street: Just beyond this is the site of the building demolished after the 2016 earthquake, which is now a paid parking site.  Click here for more information.
  • Collina Terrace: Further still, at the Coffix shipping container coffee shop, turn left into Collina Terrace.  This will take you to 22 available car parks in front of the Anglican Centre.

On-street parking is available in the area, but is not free on Saturdays and there is a time limit of two hours.  Also, some spaces are reserved for residents with permits, so take heed of the signage at each parking space.  Please consider car pooling or public transport as you are able to.

Public transport:

If you’re coming from outside the Wellington region, you can park for free at any of the numerous park and ride facilities at train stations around the region, then it’s just a relaxing train or bus ride into the CBD and a 8 minute stroll up the hill to the Cathedral.  If you’re coming from within the region, please take public transport where you can, so parking spaces are available for our diocesan family from further afield.

Visit the Metlink journey planner, enter “Wellington Cathedral of St Paul” as your destination and your address as your origin, choose “Arrive by 10:00am” and find out what options you have for public transport to get to the Cathedral.

Here are some resources to help you promote this event to your parishes and mission unit communities.  You can also use wording from this website in your church newsletters and other communications.

Poster (designed to be A3, but can be printed A4)

PowerPoint slide (.png format)

Square ad (.png format, suitable for e-newsletters or pewsheets)

Banner (.png format, suitable for e-newsletters or pewsheets)

Facebook event (share this on your parish Facebook page or amongst your friends)

This year, we’re focussing on bringing together all the things that we’re thankful for in our local faith communities, across our movement.  To make it as easy as possible, we’re taking a slightly different approach this year – more to come on this.  In the meantime, start thinking of what you and your faith community are thankful for.  Perhaps you might ask your congregations to brainstorm and come with their mind map of thankfulness!

You’ll remember the white crosses that have begun to be featured at diocesan events this year.  Check out this story on Movement Online, where Rev Annette Cater has been encouraging us to think about what “whānau together, on mission” looks like for each of us, and to display that artistically on one of these white crosses.

Once you’ve completed your artwork ready for it to be part of the installation at the Thanksgiving and Ordination, we would appreciate it being dropped off at the Anglican Centre by Wednesday the 14th of November, or if that’s not possible, please bring it with you on the day.

We need a wonderful crew of friendly and/or strong and/or flexible ‘can do’ servers to help with the following:

  • Set up (night before),
  • Practical help on the day (from moving seats to serving tea and coffee and everything in-between)
  • Pack down at end of the day.

We’d love to welcome you to the team!  Please contact Paul on paul@wn.ang.org.nz.