Our focus is to care for those in poverty and hardship through wrap-around support, food, transitional housing and domestic violence refuges.
We partner with over 60 agencies that provide grass-roots support for our families and communities in need.
Our actions are guided by gospel values and by Christ’s message "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did to me". (Matthew 25:40)
We follow the values of the gospel and follow Christ's word in our mission.
In answer to Christ's call, to deeply care for people (Luke 10 25-27)
To care for our common home (Laudauto Si').
Integrity and honesty (Proverbs 21:3).
Wisdom/truth - transparency in communications and collaboration for the common good (Catholic Social Teaching - The Common Good)
Care, compassion and love (1 Corinthians 13)
Treacy Bell is a seasoned leader who has operated in a commercial environment for 40 years. She was raised as a Catholic and has a strong commitment to social justice and the need to make a positive and sustainable impact in the broader community by supporting the most vulnerable.
Loraine Elliott is Māori of Ngati Porou, Whanau Apanui, Nga Puhi and Ngati Hine descent. She is the Vicar for Social Impact and Communications at the Catholic Diocese of Auckland. Prior to this Loraine held executive management positions in both the public services sector as well as the private sector.
Bishop Steve Lowe is the Patron of the Caring Foundation. He was appointed the Bishop of Auckland in December 2021, succeeding Bishop Patrick Dunn. Bishop Steve is a proud West-Coaster, having grown up in Hokitika.
Dame Lyndsay Freer was a journalist and broadcaster, and became communications officer and media spokesperson for the Church for many years. In this role, she witnessed first-hand the needs of the most vulnerable in our community and the work of the Church's caring ministries to support them. She values the Caring Foundation's mission and the opportunity to contribute to its work.
Monsignor Bernard Kiely is the Vicar General for the Catholic Diocese of Auckland and a priest for over 30 years. He comes from a family who have supported and participated in not-for-profit activities for many years. He strives to assist those who struggle with the many challenges that life puts before them.
Matheus supports the Bishop of Auckland's Caring Foundation with his commercial experience across a wide range of businesses in roles including sales, marketing, and operations, as well as governance in a number of Catholic schools. Matheus's early family life was based in Taumarunui and Mongonui. His whakapapa connects him to family and tipuna from Rongomaiwahine in Mahia. This lived experience of rural life, assists Matheus with understanding the needs for the regions remote from Auckland city.
Bishop Steve Lowe
Bishop Stephen Lowe is the 12th Roman Catholic Bishop of Auckland and the Patron of the Catholic Caring Foundation.
He was born and educated in Hokitika, and worked in forestry before entering Holy Cross Seminary, Mosgiel in 1990. His final year was completed at St Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia during 1994 - 1995. He was ordained in 1996.
He served as assistant priest in Mairehau, Ashburton and Greymouth before being appointed parish priest of Timaru North. He completed a Licence in Spiritual Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 2007 and in the following year was appointed to Holy Cross Seminary as Formation Director until the end of 2014.