Right Rev'd Dr Jean-Baptiste Pompallier, first Roman Catholic Bishop of Auckland. Auckland Catholic Diocesan Archives.

Guided tour: Cathedral of St Patrick and St Joseph

FreeAccessibleCentral Auckland

Friday 11 and 18 October
Cathedral tour, 10am-10.45am
Organ demonstration, 2pm-3pm


St Patrick's Cathedral

43 Wyndham Street, Auckland Central

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Bookings are required

Contact Rebecca Knibb:

09 303 4509




Event details

The Cathedral of St Patrick and St Joseph rests on a part of Ngati Whatua's tribal lands gifted to Auckland by Chief Te Kawau.

The journey began in 1836 with Jean-Baptiste Francois Pompallier, a french priest of aristocratic lineage. He was consecrated as a Titular Bishop of Maronea and made Vicar Apostolic of Western Oceania. He then sailed to the western pacific and set up in the Hokianga before finally settling in Auckland.

In May 1841 Governor Hobson allocated land for a church. The temporary wooden church built in 1842 was consecrated in 1843.

The Sisters of Mercy arrived in 1850 and set up schools and an orphanage.

The tours explore how the the cathedral and its people served Auckland communities over the last 176 years.

Organ demonstration is limited to 20 people per tour, and wheelchair access is not available. User-pays parking is available at nearby Wilson carparks.

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