Redemptorists have been present in the lives of the people of New Zealand for over 130 years. Australian Redemptorists began travelling to New Zealand to preach summer missions beginning in 1883.
Today the Redemptorists continue to accompany and journey with the people of New Zealand. The Redemptorists currently serve parishes in Auckland New Zealand. The parishes in which they serve are composed of various cultural and ethnic groups. This diversity reflects the gifts of the modern Church and contemporary New Zealand.
A strong number of the Syro-Malabar community have migrated to New Zealand, most of them during the past decade. In order to serve the Syro-Malabar community’s needs, the Redemptorists have set up a Syro-Malabar Mission, serving parishes and the cultural community. The spiritual centre of the Syro-Malabar Church, the second largest of the 21 Eastern Catholic Churches, remains in Kerala, Southern India. However, its faith is alive and well in the land of the long white cloud.