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To Strengthen, Restore and Reopen Sacred Heart Cathedral

A Warm Welcome

Sacred Heart Cathedral plays an important part in the life of the city of Wellington and of New Zealand. For the Catholic community, it is a sacred space. 

The Cathedral houses the cathedra (seat) of Cardinal John Dew, Archbishop of Wellington. It is the Metropolitan Cathedral of New Zealand. 


Whilst its importance for Catholics cannot be overstated, this Cathedral is an important part of New Zealand history and a fine example of the architectural style of noted architect Francis Petre. It’s a historic and architectural gem worth protecting. 


The Cathedral is a place of beauty which inspires many. Here you will find a place of spiritual enrichment and a warm welcome whether you come here for worship, a pilgrimage, a concert, or time out from the busy city life. It is a sanctuary – a home, open to all. 


We are in the final stages of an important restoration project, a project that will see the Cathedral re-opened after five years of earthquake strengthening and other interior and exterior works. 


To open the doors once again, we will need your help. We ask that you support our Cathedral Restoration Campaign and get us ‘home again’. ✟ 

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From John A Cardinal Dew

I have lived in this precinct for the past 28 years and, while I’ve celebrated many Archdiocesan events here, it has also been a place where I have offered daily Mass and have found peaceful prayer. Sitting in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel before 8am Mass is a memory I hold with great fondness – it is such a beautiful place.

Through my time, I have heard so many people speak of the Cathedral as a place where they ‘grew up’ – attended Mass, received sacraments, joined in matrimony, celebrated milestones, and said goodbye to those they love. It is undoubtedly a building with great heritage value but, more importantly, the whole building has well over a hundred years of different families’ history inside - truly a focal point for Catholics in Wellington. 

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From Archbishop Paul Martin SM

My life and work in the Church has taken me all over New Zealand and the world. I feel very fortunate to have been led here at this pivotal time in the restoration process, as the Coadjutor Archbishop of the Wellington Archdiocese – all a part of God’s plan.

We’re about to embark on a new stage in the life of the Diocese and my desire is to see the church community support people in faith and help others to know Christ. I want the Cathedral to be a living house of prayer, where there are opportunities for people to gather and celebrate our faith, to praise God through music, work together to support others, learn about, and deepen our own faith and relationship with God.

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