About us

The New Zealand Catholic Medical Association (NZCMA) was founded in 2019 with the support of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference. It aims to support health practitioners, drawing on the treasures of our faith, especially in regard to the ethical challenges of healthcare today.

A chaplain will help guide us in faith development as we learn and reflect on our calling and vocation. We hope to support one another, develop networks and provide practical resources for members. In time we would also like to form links with our colleagues in neighbouring Pacific nations.

The inaugural meeting in Auckland was held in May 2019, with an opening blessing from Bishop Patrick Dunn. We met in Christchurch in September that year. Each meeting includes the celebration of Mass and opportunity for reconciliation. 

After the restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic we are now able to organise another get-together.

Our meetings are open to all those who work in healthcare or in roles which support healthcare such as administration or health leadership. While there is particular emphasis on supporting doctors, we also wish to extend an invitation to nurses, midwives, pharmacists, physiotherapist, occupational therapists, counsellors, social workers, chaplains, dentists, health administrators, lawyers, medical students, researchers, educators and anyone who works in allied roles.

The 2021 NZCMA Meeting / Retreat

28th and 29th of May 2021
Start time: 3pm Fri 28th May
Finish Time: 3:30pm Sat 29th May

Our Lady’s Home of Compassion Retreat Centre, 2 Rhine St,
Island Bay, Wellington 6023
(15 mins from airport)

Retreat Cost:
Friday Night only $30
Saturday only $50
Both Friday and Saturday $80
(All food, coffee and tea supplied)

Accommodation Options
As part of the experience, we are offering overnight stays at the Home of compassion as a special treat.

Regular single $70
Twin single $99 2 people or $70 single
En-suite single $90
Doublebed $99 2 people or $70 single

SPACES ARE VERY LIMITED, please follow this link to register your request, we will confirm your space via email and take payment upon your arrival with eftpos.

Other Notes:

Following the close of the NZCMA Meeting/ Retreat on Saturday at 3.30pm, there will be a  Maternal and Infant Mental Health and Wellbeing seminar for people interested in staying on. Link Here for information


Friday Evening Start
3:00 – 5:00 Option of personal retreat for those arriving early
6:30 – 7:30 Finger food light meal
7:30 – 8:00 Opening address; Fr Chris Denham and Dr Joseph Hassan, Bishops letter
8:00 – 8:40 Ian Bassett – Barrister “Freedom of Conscience”
8:40 – 9:15 Supper

7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00 Reconciliation
9:00 – 9:45 Mass
10:00 – 10:30 Talk Dr Dermot Kearney – Via Zoom
10:35 – 10:45 Talk Dr Eammon Matthieson – Via Zoom
10:45 – 11:15 Morning Tea
11:15 – 11:30 Talk Dr Catherine Hallagan – “Catherine, you won’t survive in General Practice with your views!” 
11:30 – Adoration and reflection/Retreat
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 Retreat
3:30 – 3:30 Afternoon Tea

Register for event:


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