Holy Cross Seminary

Auckland, New Zealand

Holy Cross Seminary (HCS) is the national seminary for the education and formation of diocesan priests for the Catholic Church in New Zealand. Established in 1900 by Bishop Verdon of the diocese of Dunedin, it was sited at Mosgiel (just outside Dunedin) for nearly 100 years. At the end of 1997 the seminary moved to Auckland and a year later was established on the present site of 44 Vermont St, Ponsonby. It is located in close proximity to the Ponsonby Parish church, the St Columba Conference Centre, and St John Vianney rest home for retired priests.  Nowadays the student body reflects the increasing diversity of peoples for whom New Zealand is home and is comprised of men from a wide range of countries and cultures, age and life experience.

Our Story

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Jesus Christ called and appointed apostles and disciples to baptise, teach, and proclaim his love for all humanity. In turn those first followers shared and passed on their mandate to successors down through the ages. Holy Cross Seminary exists to continue Christ's mission; this is our story.


Seminarians reside at Holy Cross Seminary, Auckland, where they undertake their human, spiritual, and pastoral formation. Most of the academic formation takes place at nearby Good Shepherd College on Ponsonby Road (www.gsc.ac.nz).


Through the sacrament of Baptism each and every Christian receives a “call” or “vocation” to serve God  through serving others by the particular way of life unique to each person. For some, that involves a call and mission to be a priest.