Bishop Paul Martin’s ordination took place on 3rd of March. It was a powerful moment, an incredible witness of hope for our Diocese. I thought that it would be a welcoming gesture to introduce him to you in today’s bulletin.
On Sunday, Bishop Martin presided at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral for the first time. In his first homily as Bishop of Christchurch he told the congregation that we may use words to express our faith, but what is important in life is what we do:
“If we are to be Christian, actions must be consistent with our words”, he said.
Here is a brief biography of our new Bishop:
Bishop Paul Martin was born in Hastings in 1967 to Ronald and Carmel Martin. He was one of five children.
Receiving his primary education at St Joseph’s School in Hastings, the Bishop then went on to St John’s College where he stayed until 1984. In 1985, he entered formation for the Society of Mary.
From 1985 – 1991 he studied at Marist seminaries in Wellington, Palmerston North and Napier. In 1991 he worked at the Santa Teresa Aboriginal Community, Northern Territory, Australia.
In 1993, he completed a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology at the Angelicum University of Rome and studied to become a teacher.
This study was then followed by roles in teaching, including at Pompallier College in Whangarei, St Patrick’s College in Wellington and St Bede’s College in Christchurch where the then Father Martin taught English and Religious Studies. He was Deputy Rector (Pastoral Care) at St Bede’s between 1995 and 2008 and returned to St Patrick’s as Rector until 2014. He also spent time in the Ministry team at Hato Paora College in Feilding. From 2014 – 2016 the Bishop-Elect was assistant provincial and provincial bursar for the Society of Mary, before taking up the position of Bursar General in Rome.
Bishop Martin has served on boards for St Bede’s, St Patrick’s, New Zealand Teachers’ Council, Wellington Archdiocesan Board of Administration and has been President of the Wellington Secondary Schools Principals Association.
I am sure you will all join with me in wishing Bishop Martin a happy and fulfilling tenure with the Diocese of Christchurch for many years to come and will keep him in your prayers.