The Catholic Foundation was launched by Cardinal Williams in 1981 at a time when the Archdiocese of Wellington was desperate for operating funds. A campaign was launched to attract members to the Foundation, each new member being asked to generously contribute a sum by way of cash or legacy which would be become the capital base for a perpetual charity. Within a month the first $1 million had been pledged.


The further generosity of new members and judicious investment decisions has enabled the capital to grow to over $11 million. The income produced from the invested capital is sufficient to make a significant annual grant to the operating budget of the Archdiocese, and further grants and scholarships each year to a growing number of Catholic organisations and individuals where there will be benefit to the Catholic life of the Archdiocese.


The Catholic Foundation of the Archdiocese of Wellington is a registered Charitable Trust. It is governed by its members and administered by a Board which includes Cardinal John Dew and annually elected Foundation members and trustees. It is audited annually.

The Board meeting dates for 2020 are:
04 March
20 May
29 July (AGM)
04 November

Cardinal John Dew Mr Robert Noble-Beasley
Mr Pat Sheehan
Francis Fanning
(Vice President)
Mr Paul Bayliss Ms Kate Mahony Mr Greg Kelly Mr Mark OConnor
Ms Kathy Whelan