Cardinal John Dew


John Dew was born in Waipawa, a small settlement on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, May 5, 1948. He attended Catholic schools through high school. He studied philosophy at Holy Name Seminary in Christchurch and theology at Holy Cross Seminary in Dunedin.

He was ordained a priest in May 1976 and became auxiliary bishop of Wellington in May 1995. He was appointed coadjutor archbishop in 2004 and succeeded Cardinal Williams as archbishop the following year.

In addition to participating in the synods on the Eucharist and family, in 2012 Pope Benedict named him to the Synod of Bishops on the new evangelization.

He is president of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference and heads the Military Ordinariate of New Zealand.

Keynote:  The world we are leaving our children

Pope Francis asks the question “what kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, the children who are now growing up?”

This presentation addresses some of the challenges we face and how we might act responsibly and with gratitude.  We are all called to respond to the challenges which form our world ”our common home”.