The People Speak Out

Local voices connecting globally

This is important: to get to know people, listen, expand the circle of ideas. The world is crisscrossed by roads that come closer together and move apart, but the important thing is that they lead towards the Good.  (Pope Francis)

Canon Law 212 calls upon the laity to speak up:

2 - The Christian faithful are free to make known to the pastors of the Church their needs, especially spiritual ones, and their desires.

§3. - According to the knowledge, competence, and prestige which they possess, they have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful, without prejudice to the integrity of faith and morals, with reverence toward their pastors, and attentive to common advantage and the dignity of persons.


Archdiocese of Wellington

Aotearoa New Zealand


The Archdiocese of Wellington spans an area of central Aotearoa New Zealand covering the lower North Island and upper South Island. It comprises 23 parishes with an average pre-pandemic Sunday Mass count of 11,000 1. The Archdiocese is committed to a bicultural Church that honours Te Tiriti o Waitangi and recognizes Māori as tangata whenua.2

The people of the Archdiocese of Wellington are familiar with synodality. Since 1988 local synods have been held in this diocese at intervals of approximately ten years, the latest taking place in September 2017. Outcomes from the various synods have shaped pastoral plans and continue to guide our vision: ‘We, the Catholic People of the Archdiocese of Wellington, challenged to follow Christ, are called to proclaim the Kingdom of God by celebrating God in our lives, sharing our living faith, growing in community, and working for justice and peace.’