Cathedral Life
Priestly Man of Action

Sixty years in the priesthood was celebrated in December 2015 by the Very Revd Michael Bent, a former vicar of St Mary’s and archdeacon of Taranaki, who still lives in the city. Michael has experienced eventful assignments in the United Kingdom, Fiji and Papua New guinea, and also worked in New Zealand parishes. Born in England, he aimed to be a solicitor but during a court sitting, “I saw all these shady characters standing in the dock, and I thought, with... read more

Associate Anne calls it a day

Anne Knox’s appointment as Associate to the Dean in 2011 came “out of the blue.” Involved in the Baptist Church for many years in a variety of leadership roles, the Anglican approach from Dean Jamie and Archbishop Philip Richardson (then Bishop of Taranaki) was a surprise. After all, this former police inspector was well ensconced in the Central Baptist Church, and busy with roles such as coordinating security at the 2011 Rugby World Cup and at Womad. However, she mulled it... read more

Introducing our new Office Manager

Hello! My name is Lesa Bide and I am delighted to be joining The Taranaki Cathedral covering the Office Manager role whilst Nikki is on her maternity leave. I live in New Plymouth with my partner Chris and am the Mum/Step Mum to our gorgeous son James and two amazing girls, Kate and Niamh. My working career has mostly been in New Plymouth, with a large part of it spent in the financial/insurance sector, with a few other roles popped in... read more

Cathedral calendar on sale

Taranaki Cathedral, its people and events are now on show 12 months of the year. A 2016 calendar has been produced with the photographs taken by renowned local photographer Rob Tucker. Money raised from the calendar’s sales will be directed back to church ministry. The calendars are on sale for $12 each or two for $20. A range of milestone events and scenes feature among the photos: Dawn baptisms at Ngamotu beach, the annual pet service, a baptism, the service of... read more

Patricia puts heart into volunteering

Whether up to her elbows in soap suds in the cathedral kitchen, grubbing in the gardens or delivering this magazine, Patricia Gall is happily continuing the voluntary church work that has been a big part of her life. Patricia was born in Stratford, but her parents were farmers at nearby Cardiff. She helped on the farm from an early age, and started milking when she was 13. She had to bike five miles to the high school, “and when I left,... read more

Reflections on my journey to ordination

The Cathedral Embroidery Group has spent many hours over recent weeks stitching away on a special project. Betty, Eunice, Kathi, Margaret, Mary and Pam who each have a passion for and expertise in embroidery, have applied fabric and thread to create a beautiful red stole Stoles are worn by clergy and reflect the colour for the liturgical season. A red stole is the liturgical colour used at ordination. I was one of six people ordained by our Bishops from within the... read more

Church lifting status of young women

Empowering girls and women in an African region is proving life changing, says an Anglican bishop with strong links to Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary. The Right Rev Given Gaula is the Bishop of Kondoa, situated in the north of Tanzania, a role he’s held for three years since completing theological study at St John’s College in Auckland. St Mary’s supported him and his family while they lived in New Zealand and during October he visited friends and supporters around... read more

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