Family Life International NZ’s Founding Director, Dame Colleen Bayer, established the first John Paul II Centre for Life in Auckland. The pro-life, pro-family organization also has a John Paul II Centre for Life in the Wellington region, based in Porirua. Each John Paul II Centre for Life has the blessing of the local Bishop.
The Centres provide a physical place where mothers and families facing a crisis pregnancy can come for practical help, support and friendship; so that they may choose life for their babies. This offer of support is also extended to the sick, disabled, elderly, lonely, and those who may find themselves targets of euthanasia-type practices. The Centres are also a hub for prayer, education and research on life and family issues.
The team throughout New Zealand is led by Michelle Kaufman (Director) and supported by Dame Colleen Bayer (Founding Director), Michael Loretz (Education Director) and Father Linus Clovis (Spiritual Director).
Auckland John Paul II Centre for Life
The Auckland John Paul II Centre for Life is the administration hub for Family Life International throughout New Zealand. In addition to Gianna’s Choice Pregnancy Options and Support (formerly known as Family Life Crisis Pregnancy Centre), publications and educational materials are researched and produced, programmes developed and events organised such as 40 Days for Life, conferences and Theology of the Body courses.
On site is also a gift shop Family Life Catholic Gifts, which has a large range of statues, rosaries, medals, Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation gifts. This shop provides a source of income for the practical work we do supporting abortion vulnerable women and their families.
Chapel of the Annunciation
At the heart of the John Paul II Centre for Life lies our Chapel of the Annunciation. Here, daily prayer takes place in the form of Adoration, the Rosary and Holy Mass. We recognize that all we do and can achieve in promoting a culture of life in New Zealand can only be done by the Grace of God. You are welcome to join us for prayer or to visit the Chapel.
In the Chapel resides a First Class Relic of Saint Gerard Majella, patron of expectant mothers; and two Second Class Relics of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, patron of physicians, mothers and unborn children.
Daily Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (Monday to Friday): 11:30am to 12:30pm
Note: Adoration concludes at 12:00pm on days when Mass is being said in the Chapel.
The Rosary is recited every day (Monday to Friday): 12:00pm except when Holy Mass is celebrated.
Holy Mass is offered once a week – usually on a Wednesday at 12:00pm.
Please contact the office for details or to be put on our Mass phone list. Phone 09 629 4361.
ContactFamily Life International NZ
John Paul II Centre for Life • 569 / 569A Richardson Road • Mt Roskill • Auckland
Phone: 09 629 4361
Wellington John Paul II Centre for Life
The Wellington John Paul II Centre for Life is situated in Porirua and is lead by Clare McClean. From this small office, Clare runs our Wellington arm of Gianna’s Choice Pregnancy Options and Support service. Many events and programmes are also organised including: Theology of the Body courses for teens, Vigils for Life, including 40 Days for Life, to pray for an end to abortion. Vigils that take place outside of 40 Days for Life are held at St Anne’s Catholic Church, Newtown during which a procession to Wellington Hospital takes place. Clare works in with a number of different groups in the region.
ContactFamily Life International NZ
John Paul II Centre for Life • 6 Parumoana St (entrance at rear of building) • Poirirua
Phone: 04 237 8343
The Dunedin John Paul II Centre for Life was opened in the latter half of 2013. Currently, Philippa O’Neil and Ann-Maree Taylor are working from home to help mothers in need in the Otago and Southland areas.
Phone: 0800 367 5433