The National Liturgy Office (NLO) is an agency of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference. It was established in 2009 to assist the bishops in achieving their pastoral priorities for liturgy in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Father John O'Connor is the Acting Director of the National Liturgy Office. 
Fr John is the creator and author of the website and online ministry.

The Director collaborates with the National Advisory Group (NLAG) to prepare, coordinate and implement the NLO's Annual Plan. This includes key strategic areas, goals, strategies, and initiatives.


The Director also coordinates the National Network of Liturgical Musicians (NNLM) and the National Network for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (NNRCIA).

National Liturgy Office

Father John O'Connor, Director
021 444 179
Catherine Gibbs, Administration assistant
04 4961336


National Liturgy Advisory Group

Together with the appointment of the Director, the Conference established the National Liturgy Advisory Group. These people assist the Director and the Conference on liturgical matters.

Fr John O'Connor (Acting Director)
P: 021 444 179

Deacon Danny Karatea-Goddard (Te Runanga)
P: 06 358 8079 / 06 354 1780 ext 838

Fr Anthony Harrison (Dunedin)
P: 03-215 7315 / 027 282 0932

Marianne Daly (Christchurch)
P: 03 3530758


Fr Patrick Bridgman (Wellington)
P: 04 496 1728

Msgr Bernard Kiely (Auckland)
P: 09 620 9515



National Network for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The National Network for the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a body within the National Liturgy Office, that draws its membership from representatives who have responsibility for implementing and supporting the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in each of the dioceses in New Zealand.


Kate Bell (Palmerston North)
P: 06 357-2891

Joe Green (Wellington)
P: 021 121 3785

Robert Garan (Hamilton)
P: 027 627 4475

Marianne Daly (Christchurch)
P: 03 353-0758

Sr Sian Owen RSJ (Auckland)
P: 09 360 3056 / 027 329 3877

Mgsr John Harrison (Dunedin) (2018)
P: 034772980 / 0274457175


National Network of Liturgical Musicians

The work of the NNLM in many ways complements the revision of the Roman Missal. The new English translations of the Mass texts bring beauty, nobility, solemnity and a sacral tone to the language of the liturgy. The task of the NNLM is to bring that same beauty and nobility to the music that is used in the liturgy.

In 2016 Judith Courtney, from St Mary's Parish, Papakura, Auckland was appointed to the role of Liturgical Music Project Coordinator. One of her first tasks was to reactivate the working committee for the National Network of Liturgical Musicians. Diocesan members are:

Maureen Smith - Dunedin
Nicola Mountain - North Otago
Ken Joblin - Christchurch
tbc - Wellington
tbc - Palmerston North
tbc - Hamilton
Eileen Barrington - Auckland
Judith Courtney 
- Auckland


New Zealand Sign Language Catholic Advisory Group

Members of the Advisory Group are working their way through the Signs of the Mass with members of their local Catholic Deaf Communities in order to arrive at the very best possible translation.

Rachel Marr

Jake O'Flaherty (

Judith Mason

Jackie Davidson

Felicity Crowe (interpreter)

Angela Murray (interpreter)




Māori Translation Team

Te Rōpū Whakamaori - Māori Translation Team

Te Rōpū Whakamaori - Māori Translation team's primary role is one of translation to ensure that bilingual elements are present in our printed liturgical texts, such as the Roman Missal.

Pa Mikaere Ryan MHM
Deacon Danny Karatea-Goddard
Pat Butler
Judy Tuiloma