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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

Up-to-date information can be found elsewhere in Te Ara.



Roman Catholic Statistics (New Zealand)

Population (1961 Census)

Maori European
Male 28,56 180,655
Female 183,443
Total 28,656 364,098

Parishes, Churches, and Clergy

Parishes 261
Churches 517
Clergy M 1,091
F 2,456

Roman Catholic Schools (1963)

No. Pupils Teachers
Primary 273 50,693 1,264
Secondary 69 13,808 513
Loreto Hall Teachers'
Training College 1 30 Lectures — Religious of the Sacred Heart Order
Seminaries 3 238 20

by Peter Thomas Bertram McKeefry, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Wellington.

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  • Annales de la Propagation de la Foi, Vol. 9, et seq., Lyons
  • History of the Catholic Church in Australasia, Moran, P. F. (1897)
  • The Church in New Zealand, Vol. 1 and 2, Wilson, J. J. (1910)
  • Life and Times of Bishop Pompallier, Keys, L. G. (1957)
  • Sons of France, Goulter, M. C. (1957)
  • Fishers of Men (edited writings of early missionaries), McKeefry, P. (1938).