The Chaplaincy Team
The Auckland Catholic Tertiary Chaplaincy team is based at Newman Hall, 16 Waterloo Quadrant, right in the heart of the University of Auckland and AUT City Campuses. The team consists of 4 members: Fr Chris Denham (Priest Chaplain), and Olivia Watson, Dom Malgeri, and Dom Schryvers (Lay Chaplains).
Fr Chris Denham: I’m a true Roman Catholic, born in Rome, but a kiwi through and through (don’t let the accent fool you). An old boy of St Patrick’s College in Wellington, after years of moving around, both New Zealand and the world, I spent six years with the Dominican friars in Australia before returning to New Zealand and being ordained for the Diocese of Auckland. I’ve worked in the parishes of Papakura, Devonport, and Warkworth. In addition to being the Tertiary Chaplain I am also the parish priest of Parnell. My hobbies are music, reading and arguing and I’m always happy to share them with anyone.
Olivia Watson: “Hi guys, my name is Olivia and I joined the chaplaincy team in 2012, travelled overseas part way through 2013, then returned to Chaplaincy in 2014 where I have remained since. I have travelled extensively, am passionate about cooking and often find myself creating unique new dishes, both sweet and savoury. I paint portraits in my free time, write poetry whenever a moment of inspiration strikes, which is usually daily and I am an avid reader of anything and everything that has an unpredictable or inspirational plot. I enjoy nature and any kind of reflective activity that allows me to expand my mind, my heart and my soul, I really enjoy dialogues and activities which engage others in finding deeper, more meaningful connection within themselves and with their faith. I have studied Fine Arts at Ilam down in Christchurch and have a Massey University degree in Communications majoring in journalism with a minor in linguistics. I look forward to re-connecting with the old and meeting the new students for 2017.”
Dominic Schryvers: “Kia Ora! I’m Dom (2.0), the newest Lay Chaplain at ACTC, having joined the team in November 2016. I’ve spent the last four years studying for a Bachelor of Theology and a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Auckland. Growing up in Nelson, NZ, Newman Hall has become something of a home-away-from-home for me. In fact, it was here that I met my now fiancee. Needless to say, Tertiary Chaplaincy is very close to my heart. I’m is an avid musician and sportsman. In my spare time you might find me writing and recording my own songs, or throwing down some mad skills with a frisbee. I head up ACTC’s social media, website work, and music. I’m particularly interested in philosophy and theology, and enjoy a good healthy discussion/debate. Along with Dom Malgeri, I also head “Gregorian Chat”, ACTC’s very own podcast, which will be taking off this year. I might look scary but don’t be afraid to saddle up for a chat, especially if you just need a break from the other Dom… God go with you all!”
Dominic Malgeri: “One is not simply born a chaplain. After being afforded the opportunity to engage with other believers at university, I found a home in the Catholic Church, leading me on an adventure I could never have imagined. After my degree I went on to spend a year in a volunteer missionary community in the Westminster Diocese called SPEC It was there that I met my now wife, whom I followed back to NZ. In my first 8 months in the country I worked as a labourer, but when the calling to ministry became too strong on my heart, I left and found a job a Newman Hall. I am a familiar face at the Chaplaincy, heading up the formation of students, running events like “Catholicism: A Journey to Faith” by Bishop Barron, and “Theology Of the Body: Freedom to Love” by Christopher West. I can also be seen organising bible studies, student retreats, and Stations of the Cross alongside various other smaller regular events at Newman Hall throughout the week.”
Catholic Diocese of Auckland Library(Formally know as the Eugene O’Sullivan Theological Library)
Monday – Thursday 10am-5pm
If you are using the library for study, please inform the Librarians, Noeline Champion and Louis Lum that you are a student and that you want to study there. Wireless internet connection is available for UOA students. The library contains books and periodicals chosen to support the research and teaching of Theology and the work of the Catholic Diocese of Auckland departments. Any one interested in studying Religion, Scripture and Theology is eligible to use the library. There is an annual borrowing fee of $25 but School of Theology and Catholic Institute of Theology students and Diocesan staff are exempt from this fee.