The Parish

Christ the King Catholic Parish, Owairaka is a large, vibrant and ethnically diverse parish formed in 1951. Our present church at has commanding views of Auckland city and the green volcanic cones prominent in the area: Owairaka (Mt Albert), Maungawhau (Mt Eden), Maungakiekie (One Tree Hill) and Puketapapa (Mt Roskill). This magnificent view of the city of Auckland and our Parish Mission Statement reminds us that as a community of faith centred in Christ, we are called to reach out to the world: “To live by faith, to be known by love and to be a voice of hope”

Parish Staff

Fr. Benedict Francis

Fr. Benedict Francis

Parish Priest

Fr. Benedict Francis has been Parish Priest here since February 2017. Ordained in May 1994. Fr. Benedict has served at Northcote, Orewa, Ellerslie, Glenfield and Howick.

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Deacon Jana Nair

Deacon Jana Nair

Permanent Deacon

Jana was ordained a Permanent Deacon on 14 July 2012 at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Auckland. In this regard he is able to celebrate Baptisms & Weddings and when he assists at mass he is able to proclaim the Gospel and preach. Jana had been Chair of the Christ the King School Board of Trustees for several years and has participated wholeheartedly in the life of the Parish throughout his tenure here. Friendly and approachable, Jana is another gift to our community.

Therese Verheyen

Therese Verheyen

Parish Secretary

Therese is also the secretary for the Parish Pastoral Council. Therese has been a member of Christ the King Parish for over 28 years and her husband and children all attended the parish school. Before taking on this part-time role she was a P.A. for many years.

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Simon Tu’u and Lesina Anae

Parish Custodians

+64 21 0279 1053

Parish Links

Christ the King School
St Patricks Cathedral
Auckland Catholic Youth Ministry
Auckland Diocese
The Catholic Church of New Zealand
The Vatican