Our Lady of the Rosary: Pray for us

Fr. Richard Laurenson - Cathedral Administrator
For better or worse, Fr Richard has the task of leading the Parish of  our Cathedral. Born, Baptised and Raised in the Parish of Our Lady Of the Holy Rosary, (now our Cathedral Parish) Fr Richard attended St Mary's School, Marist Intermediate (together now Marian Catholic School) and then St John's College.

Presently he also has the joy of being Pastor of St Matthews, Hillcrest, St Joseph's Fairfield, and St Peter Chanel in Te Rapa. In his spare time he heads the Church's Tribunal Office in Hamilton, where he helps in the process of Marriage Annulment.

Fr. Joseph GeorgeParochial Vicar
Has come to us from Southern India. He was ordained for the Diocese of Hamilton in August 2015. He enjoys Badminton and is a mean volleyball player. 

Andrea Savage - Pastoral Assistant
Andrea has been with the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary as a Pastoral Assistant since 1991. Andrea assists and co-ordinates many things around our parish and parish community with  a particular focus on meeting people and assisting them to prepare well for the significant     milestones on their faith journey. 

    "I work in collaboration with all the other office staff, the parish clergy, Cathedral Pastoral Leadership Team and many willing volunteers. I try to ensure that parishioners and others who make contact with me in this role receive a good experience of the church and feel that I have taken the time to listen to them and to be of assistance.
    "Having been baptised here (last Millenium!) and having a high level of involvement with the redevelopment of the Cathedral in 2008 the parish and its people hold a special place in my heart. I am also proud Mum to two wonderful adult “children”.
    "I assist in the preparation of liturgy for many ceremonies within the parish, oversee the coordination of liturgical rosters and ensure that those involved in liturgical ministry are trained. I have had many years involvement on a team that organises the Ecumenical liturgies with St Peters Anglican Cathedral.
    "I coordinate all sacramental preparation - am a catechist for most of these programmes, and over many years, I have developed a variety of teaching resources to help people come to know the Sacraments. In this role I deal with people at all ages and stages of life and at varying points of their faith journey – from the newborn baby, to the inquisitive child and then to our very wise older parish members, those who are cradle Catholics, those new to the Catholic faith, those experiencing joy and those experiencing sadness. It is both rewarding and a great privilege to share parishioner’s journeys. I have considerable contact with families experiencing bereavement and work alongside the families, priest and funeral directors to organise funeral liturgies. I am often asked to advise people who wish to plan their own funerals, so their loved ones will be aware of their wishes when the time comes.
    "I maintain an involvement with the Catholic schools and Jubilee Early Childhood Centre, often taking classes of children from local schools- and those further afield- on “mini-pilgrimages” through our beautiful Cathedral. I serve on the Marian School Board of Trustees as a Proprietors representative.
    "I ensure that Parish records and registers are kept up to date."

Shelley Vincent - Parish Secretary
Shelley has recently returned to the parish after 7 years working for a land survey company in Cambridge. Previously Shelley worked at the Cathedral as an assistant administrator and secretary to the Cathedral Redevelopment Committee.  She was also parish secretary at St Mary Immaculate Tauranga before returning to the Waikato to live in 2005. 

John Lal - Property Services Manager
John plays a major role at the Cathedral. As the property Services Manager , John faces the important task of setting up events at the Cathedral and running the media and technical logistics during the certain event, whether it be a Mass, liturgy, funeral, wedding and more.

Lila Billman- Administration Assistant
Lila is our communications guru. She provides office based support focusing on newsletters, PowerPoints, website management and parishioner communications. Lila works part-time for us on Thursdays and Fridays.