Nau mai, haere mai, welcome from Archbishop and Primate/te Pīhopa Mātāmua of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, Philip Richardson.
Welcome to the website of the Taranaki Cathedral of St Mary.
Our hope and prayer is that St Mary’s will become the Cathedral to which all people of Taranaki can lay claim.
We look to be a place of generous hospitality and open doors, a place for community celebration and community lament, a place for the celebration of art, culture, music, dance and drama but, most importantly, a place of prayer, worship and deep, abiding spirituality. This rhythm of prayer and worship is the foundation and the heart of a Cathedral which reaches out past its parish and denominational boundaries.
A Cathedral needs to be a place where boundaries are explored, where no question is too big, because no question is beyond or bigger than God; where the truth is sought and honesty is the hallmark of our teaching and our proclamation. The Gospel and example of Christ will always be our benchmark and our goal.
We have a profound and humbling sense of standing in succession to Bishop George Augustus Selwyn that great pioneer bishop, the first in New Zealand, who had the original vision of St Mary’s as the Cathedral church for a Diocese based in Taranaki. Saint Mary’s has a special place in the Taranaki landscape and is being called by God to live this out in a deeper, fuller way. We all have a unique opportunity and responsibility to take up, to respond to what God is doing here. May we be faithful to this call and may we give Glory to God!
Archbishop Philip Richardson