About Maclaurin Chaplaincy

Find out about the chapel, its chaplaincy team and Christian groups.

The Maclaurin Chapel is in a beautiful part of the City Campus (behind Old Government House), a place for students and staff to gather, reflect and study. During semester time, it is open each weekday from 8.30am to 5pm.

The chaplaincy exists to enrich the life – and soul – of the University and its community. It is supported by the Maclaurin Goodfellow Trust Board in partnership with Campus Life, which maintains the buildings and provides a part-time administrator.

Chaplaincy team and ministry

The Maclaurin Chaplaincy serves University students and staff in exploring matters of faith. The team is largely Christian and partners with members of other faiths, with a Chaplain for Muslims starting in 2018.

Some chaplains work especially with International students, offering connection and support with events at the Chapel, as well as in other parts of Campus Life.

There are many ethical and faith-related issues that arise in University life. Students and staff often face stressful situations and academic pressures, as well as personal questions. Our team of trained practitioners is well-placed to help with these issues. Chaplains can meet with individuals or groups on any University of Auckland campus.

The relation of Science and Christianity is explored through discussion groups, lectures and events in partnership with NZ Christians in Science.

The administrator will be able to direct inquirers to the appropriate chaplaincy. The Roman Catholic Chaplains work from Newman Hall and the International Chaplains can be contacted through the administrator.

Reverend Dr Carolyn Kelly

Reverend Dr Carolyn Kelly

Carolyn leads the chaplaincy team, and is an ordained minister with the Presbyterian Church (PCANZ). She comes to tertiary chaplaincy after involvement in secondary education, student work, parenting, and postgraduate theological study. Her academic interests include theology, the arts, exploring faith and embodiment.

She holds degrees from the Universities of Auckland, Otago, and Aberdeen and lives in central Auckland.

Associate chaplains

Andrew Saunders

Michelle Shin

Nicola Hoggard-Creegan

Yukiko Wakui-Khaw

Yangyang Wu

Emma Belcher

Chaplain for Muslims

Mrs Shahela Quereshi

Auckland Catholic Tertiary Chaplains

(Newman Hall)

Christian groups

There are many Christian groups on the campus, and members often meet in the Chapel or Hall in an informal way. Club information can be found on the University's Clubs and Societies webpage.

Some Christian clubs who regularly meet at the Chapel are:

Catholic chaplain

The Catholic chaplaincy team is led by Fr Chris Denham and based at Newman Hall, 16 Waterloo Quadrant. Lay-chaplains Olivia Watson and Dominic Malgeri help minister to students and staff of The University of Auckland.

Catholic worship

Newman Hall - Eucharist (Mass) times - see Facebook.

Sacrament of Reconciliation may be arranged with Fr Chris.

For more information, please contact:

Auckland Catholic Tertiary Chaplaincy
Newman Hall
16 Waterloo Quadrant