Our People

at the Hibiscus Coast Parish

About Us
Mass Times
Reconciliation Times
Our People
Meetings Schedule
News & Events
New Parishioners
You & Your Parish
Parish Finance
Planning a Funeral
Scripture Reflections
Stella Maris School
Contact Us
Links off site
Site Map

Link to Parish Council         Link to Parish Committees


Parish Priest

Fr. John Tollan

Our new parish priest is Fr. John Tollan.
He was born in Otahuhu and brought up in Australia, Takapuna and Devonport. He came from a family of six, having four sisters and a brother.

He attended Rosmini College and later attended the seminary in Christchurch and Mosgiel. He was ordained for Auckland Diocese in 1980 and appointed to Takapuna parish and subsequently to the Cathedral.

In 1986 he undertook further studies in Rome at the Ateneo S Anselmo studying Sacramental Theology and Liturgy. On his return to New Zealand he taught at the seminary (then located in Mosgiel) and at the University of Otago. Twenty-two years ago, he was asked to undertake further studies in Australia. He remained there and ministered in the Archdiocese of Melbourne until the beginning of January 2017.


We are fortunate to have a retired Priest assisting in the Parish:
Fr. Ron Saunders.


Deacon Murray - murray@hbcparish.org.nz or 426 5599
Deacon Greg Murphy - annegreg@xtra.co.nz or 027 6035132


Theresa Fouche - 426 5599 (Monday to Friday).


Fr Peter Gray is a retired priest of Auckland diocese, living in the parish.
Fr Peter enjoys visiting parishioners in their homes.
If you would like a visit from him, please call him on (09) 428 5376.

Parish Committees

In the Hibiscus Coast Parish the Priest is responsible for 'priestly duties' and the parishioners have responsibility for a broad range of pastoral duties and activities.

Our parish committees guide and assist more than 50 special interest groups.
These committees are:


Responsible for the social and physical well being of our parishioners. Alcoholics Anonymous, Care & Share, Legion of Mary, are some of the groups working under this umbrella. Please refer to Parish Council Representatives: Tom Sellmeyer.
 Link to Caring Groups here.
 Link to Social Groups here.

Finance & Maintenance Committee:

Primarily concerned with helping the parish priest in fulfilling the Mission Statement of the church in terms of resourcing, planning, accounting for, administering and safeguarding parish income, expenditure and assets. It is responsible for the maintenance of parish property and the planning and supervision of required building projects.


The Liturgy Committee has an overall responsibility to ensure the liturgies are planned and celebrated in the proper manner and that the worship needs of the parish are met. Convener - Fr John Tollan.
 Link to Liturgy Groups here.

Care and Share:

Convenor: Truus Tinsell - 426 9548.

Other Teams

Parish Catering Team:

Cater for funerals, senior birthdays, anniversaries, morning/afternoon teas baptisms and confirmations. Menus and prices available on request. Contacts: Ann Schooler - 0274 949 784.

Parish Primary School - Silverdale

Stella Maris:

At Stella Maris we are guided by the principle that,

The person is at the heart of Christ’s teaching……
The promotion of the human person is the goal of the Catholic school…
(The Vatican)

Contact: Alan Watts (principal)
Phone (09) 427 9189 or email achieve@stellamaris.school.nz

School Website: www.stellamaris.school.nz

For more details of Stella Maris on this website...

Want to Help?
click here.

Sub Menu
Caring Groups
Prayer Groups
The Sacraments
Making Friends
Youth Group
Choir & Music

What's New
Ask Father a Question
Join Our Mailing List
Back to top
Back to top
Back to top
© HBC Parish, Orewa, New Zealand
Designed and maintained by Simon Straka