Michael Andrew Gielen


July 6, 2022

Michael Andrew Gielen (born 2 June 1971 in Cambridge, New Zealand) is a New Zealand Catholic priest who is the Bishop of Christchurch.

Life and work


Michael Gielen was born in Cambridge and grew up in Tokoroa on the New Zealand North Island. He was the son of Henk and Maureen Gielen and the eldest of six siblings. He graduated from Forest View High School in Tokoroa.


Gielen studied philosophy and Catholic theology at the University of Otago from 1992 to 1997. He was ordained to the priesthood on November 29, 1997 by Max Takuira's Bishop of Hamilton, New Zealand, Matthew Mariu. From 1997 to 2002, Gielen was a parish priest at St Mary's Star of the Sea Congregation in Gisborne. From 1999 he was also a member of the clergy council of the diocese of Hamilton in New Zealand and from 2001 president of the Gisborne Ministers Association. In 2002, Gielen became a parish priest in St. Columba Parish in Frankton and Holy Name Parish in Raglan. In 2005, he continued his studies in the United States, where he received a master's degree in Catholic theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2007. From 2007 to 2012, Michael Andrew Gielen was the parish priest of St Thomas More Parish in Mount Maunganui and St Patrick Parish in Te Puke. From 2009 he was also responsible for the vocal pastorate in the diocese of Hamilton and a member of the clergy council and the college of consultants. In 2014, Gielen obtained a degree in spirituality from the Papal Gregorian University in Rome. That same year, he became director of studies at Holy Cross Seminary in Auckland.

Auxiliary Bishop of Auckland

On January 6, 2020, Pope Francis appointed him titular bishop of Abbir Maius and auxiliary bishop of Auckland. The Bishop of Auckland, Patrick Dunn, ordained him bishop on March 7 of that year; co-consecrators were the Bishop of Hamilton in New Zealand, Stephen Marmion Lowe, and the Emeritus Bishop of Palmerston North, Peter James Cullinane. On May 21, 2022, Pope Francis appointed him Bishop of Christchurch. He is the successor of Paul Martin, who had been appointed coadjutor archbishop of Wellington.

Episcopal Genealogy

His episcopal genealogy: Cardinal Scipione Rebiba (1504-1577) Cardinal Giulio Antonio Santori (1532-1602) * bishop 1566 Cardinal Girolamo Bernerio (1540-1611) * 1586 Archbishop Galeazzo Sanvitale (1566-1622) * 1604 Cardinal Ludovico Ludovisi (1595-1632) * 1621 Cardinal Luigi Caetani (1595-1642) * 1622 Cardinal Ulderico Carpegna (1595-1679) * 1630 Cardinal Paluzzo Paluzzi Altieri degli Albertoni (1623-1698) * 1666 Pope Benedict XIII (1649-1730) * 1675 Pope Benedict XIV (1675-1758) * 1724 Pope Clement XIII (1693-1769) * 1743 Cardinal Marcantonio Colonna (1724-1793) * 1762 Cardinal Hyacinthe-Sigismond Gerdil (1718-1802) * 1777 Cardinal Giulio Maria della Somaglia (1744-1830) * 1788 Cardinal Carlo Odescalchi (1785-1841) * 1823 Cardinal Costantino Patrizi Naro (1798-1876) * 1828 Cardinal Serafino Vannutelli (1834-1915) * 1869 Cardinal Domenico Serafini (1852-1918) * 1900 Cardinal Pietro Fumasoni Biondi (1872-1960) * 1916 Archbishop Filippo Bernardini (1884-1954) * 1933 Cardinal Norman Thomas Gilroy (1896-1977) * 1935 Archbishop Peter Thomas McKeefry (1899-1973) * 1947 Bishop John Hubert Macey Rodgers, S.M. (1915-1997) * 1954 Bishop Denis George Browne (1937-) * 1977 Bishop Atrick James Dunn (1950-) * 1994 Bishop Michael Andrew Gielen (1971-) * 2020