Bishop Paul Martin

Appointment of Coadjutor Archbishop for the Archdiocese of Wellington

Dear Bishops and Fathers

With this email I send you greetings, prayers, blessings and best wishes for 2021 and for the year ahead.

I am very happy to inform you that it was announced in Rome at midday yesterday (1 st January, Rome time) that the Holy Father has appointed Bishop Paul Martin SM, Bishop of Christchurch, as the Coadjutor Archbishop of Wellington. This news was made public here at midnight. I am delighted with this news as Paul is already known to many of the clergy and people of the Archdiocese and I know he will serve the Archdiocese well.

Archbishop Paul will act in the meantime as the Administrator of the Diocese of Christchurch. We will need to work out what that means in practical terms as there are major issues he is working on with the clergy and people of the Diocese of Christchurch, e.g. the building of a new Cathedral and the reorganization of parishes.

I know that Archbishop Paul will be most appreciative of your prayers for him as he makes this adjustment after a short time as Bishop of Christchurch. Please also remember the clergy, religious and people of the Diocese of Christchurch as they will need to wait again for the appointment of a new bishop.

This news has literally just been announced. I wanted to inform you of this as soon as possible, and I ask that you announce Archbishop Paul’s appointment at Masses over this weekend. As you do make this known to our people please also ask for their prayers for Paul and the clergy, religious and laity of the Diocese of Christchurch at this time.

With prayers, good wishes, and blessings for the year ahead. I also ask for your prayers for my own ministry.

With all good wishes and blessings. Yours sincerely in the Lord.
+ John

John Cardinal Dew, Archbishop of Wellington
Letter / Email: Saturday, 2 January 2021