Catholic Discipleship College

Catholic Discipleship College


As I head down to school for another careers evening I'm wondering if it might be a good idea to have some of the CDC pamphlets on display? :-)
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Forming Disciples Fully Alive In Christ Jesus The Catholic Discipleship College offers a radical way of life centred on the Word of God and the Holy Eucharist.

CDC students study theology, philosophy and scripture under world class teachers. CDC is a nine month, live-in experience, awakening and transforming the mind and heart.


Good Morning,

If you would like a PDF donation receipt for the last financial year, please email me at [email protected]

As you know, we have been in the process of selling the building as well as Covid-19 making things complicated as well. The office does not currently have access to a printer, but will soon, so if you are after a printed receipt, hang tight!

God Bless,

Catholic Discipleship College updated their business hours. 18/04/2020

Catholic Discipleship College updated their business hours.

Catholic Discipleship College updated their business hours.

Large accommodation and training facility - 124 Edinburgh Street, Pukekohe | Bayleys Realty Group 13/02/2020

Large accommodation and training facility - 124 Edinburgh Street, Pukekohe | Bayleys Realty Group

Here is the listing for the College.

Large accommodation and training facility - 124 Edinburgh Street, Pukekohe | Bayleys Realty Group 🏠 Residential | 🛌 13 bedrooms 🛁 2 bathrooms 🚘 1 car park 🛋 1 living room


Dear CDC Supporters,

It has been a while since our last newsletter update so the Board of Trustees would like to let you know what has been happening at the College.

Last year, we advised that we had made an arrangement for a short-term rental of the premises to the Xavier Project. Regretfully, due to immigration issues, this plan was not able to proceed. This was such a disappointment as we already had the three Catholic leaders in residence and rooms prepared for the arrival of their students.

We are now planning a new direction for the College. Having been unable to find a suitable candidate for the Household Formation Leader role for 2020, the program could not go ahead this year in the form that it has previously.

It has therefore been the decision of the Board of Trustees to sell the Pukekohe property by a tender process that is happening right now. This is a fiscal decision to realise the value of this asset to the Trust, pay off the mortgage and reduce the overhead expenses involved in maintaining it when alternative uses and incomes from it have not been forthcoming. It is expected that proceeds will be invested to supplement the Trust’s annual income, ultimately enabling funds to be used more productively.

So, where have your donations been going? While there hasn’t been a live-in community in 2019, our expenses for the building and Trust administration have still been ongoing. Expenses include; administrator salary, building repairs and maintenance, utilities costs, rates, property insurance, and maintenance of internet, website and fundraising programmes.

However, CDC remains a community - as it always has been. We have operated and evolved our model for many years without our own premises. The Trust’s Mission Statement ‘Forming disciples fully alive in Christ Jesus’ still stands true. The Trustees are committed to finding ways to continue to deliver on this goal - it will look different in the future to what it has been up until now.

The College continues to be alive today in the many fruits of our alumni who are currently pursuing vocations in religious or married life, and work options (both paid and voluntary) contributing actively to Catholic Church communities around New Zealand.

We ask for your continued prayers and financial support for the College and its mission, in aiding our young adults to deepen their connection with their faith, through formation and fellowship.

Yours in Christ,

Michael Pervan
Chairman – Catholic Discipleship College


Interesting Developments at Catholic Discipleship College

The Lord works in Mysterious ways. No sooner had we made the painful decision to close the doors at CDC this year, when another door opened. Trusting in the Lord, we went through that door, and as a result of that step and many more that have followed, we are about to welcome the Xavier Project to CDC. 4 lay Missionaries hailing from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, are arriving this week to occupy the premises here at Pukekohe. They will be eagerly waiting for 9 international students to come and join them to be trained for the next 6 months as Disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is CDC as we have least expected it. A big step taken - after that who knows. Your continued donations over the past few months have not gone unappreciated, every cent has been used to get us to this point.

And there is more…

In the background we have not been idle. After consultations with the NZ Bishops Conference, particularly through Bishop Steven Lowe from Hamilton, negotiations are proceeding to obtain the services of an appointed Spiritual Director and the Board is preparing for the day when we can appoint a new Manager/Household Leader to take us into the future. These are momentous steps to take, please join with us in this. Your contributions to CDC over the years have allowed us to pay our staff. We call upon all faithful lovers of CDC to continue supporting us so that such a new appointment can be made.

As all these small steps are taken, the way ahead becomes clearer and clearer. In the Lords good time, the doors of CDC will open once again welcoming future Disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Continue to pray for the CDC. Pray for the Xavier Project.

Thank you for your support and may it continue - this is genuine team work, we are all in this together.

God Bless you all,

Michael Pervan
Chairman - Catholic Discipleship College Board of Trustees

PHOTO: Members of the Board of Trustees joined with Fr Rory Morissey in a special blessing ceremony of the CDC home in Pukekohe. Sleeping Joseph, dreamer of dreams, pray for us.

Timeline Photos 01/03/2019

Last day of work for us at CDC! God bless you all for a wonderful 4/5 years!

Catholic Discipleship College Farewell Newsletter 28/02/2019

Catholic Discipleship College Farewell Newsletter

We've just published our Farewell Newsletter

Catholic Discipleship College Farewell Newsletter Farewell from the Surrey's It is with a mixture of gratitude and sadness that we send out our final newsletter as members of staff of the Catholic Discipleship College. With only a little while left before we leave this path, we wanted to take the opportunity to share with you our fond memories of t...

Photos from Catholic Discipleship College's post 25/02/2019

It’s been a full house at our Night School this evening on Discernment and Discipleship, and the busiest day for our day classes as well - it has been so wonderful sharing the joy of Christ with so many of you! Our last Night School will be this Wednesday at 7.30pm


What a wonderful retreat day we had - thank you to all who came along and supported the event. It was so uplifting to have CDC full and alive one last time before we (Cheryl and Cam) part ways in just a few days time. St Polycarp, pray for us!


CDC is the place to be! We’re all enjoying Fr Dominique’s talks and the fellowship and fun that comes with it! One more week left of talks - tomorrow we have an all-day retreat for ANYONE and EVERYONE! Followed by Monday to Thursday morning talks, and Monday and Wednesday evening talks on Discernment & Discipleship! And if you didn’t know, Cam, Cheryl and Fr Dom are inviting you to a BBQ Farewell on Sunday from 4pm - the perfect opportunity to enjoy good food and farewell them after 4 years at CDC (5 for Fr Dom!)


We’ve had a last minute change for tomorrow’s retreat day, the title is now: A Friendship With Christ - A Pre-Lenten Retreat for all

Photos from Catholic Discipleship College's post 19/02/2019

This Saturday we will enjoy a full day retreat with Fr Dominique Faure - his last retreat in NZ for the foreseeable future. It will be a wonderful opportunity to be formed in truth, as well as enjoy opportunities for Eucharistic Adoration and fellowship with others. Rego is at 8.30am - see you there!


Are you keen to come to our classes with Fr Dominique but strapped for cash? Get in touch - student discounts available. This will be Fr Dominique's last time in New Zealand for quite a while - don't miss out!!! Please like and share so that people get to see this post!

CDC Night School: Fr Dominique Faure || Mystery of Hope - The Kingdom is Already Among Us || Part 1 by Fr Dominique Faure, Verbum Spei • A podcast on Anchor 12/02/2019

CDC Night School: Fr Dominique Faure || Mystery of Hope - The Kingdom is Already Among Us || Part 1 by Fr Dominique Faure, Verbum Spei • A podcast on Anchor

If you missed out on our first lecture on Hope with Fr Dominique, listen in here! Lecture 2 will be this Wednesday at 7.30pm. Come and join us!

CDC Night School: Fr Dominique Faure || Mystery of Hope - The Kingdom is Already Among Us || Part 1 by Fr Dominique Faure, Verbum Spei • A podcast on Anchor Fr Dominique Faure of Verbum Spei is back with us at the Catholic Discipleship College, providing nourishing, thought-provoking, and in depth reflections. Listen in to Part 1 of our Night School on The Mystery of Hope.


Our Night School begins TOMORROW! Every Monday and Wednesday for the next 3 weeks, beginning at 7.30pm with Fr Dominique. See you there!

Timeline Photos 10/02/2019

It’s the end of an era for Cameron and Cheryl who are sadly parting ways with CDC in 3 short weeks, but they’re going out with a bang! 3 weeks of fantastic talks with Fr Dominique who has just arrived from the U.K. And around the table for dinner we have Jacob from their first year (2015), Christopher (2017), Tricia (2018), and Helen who is visiting from the USA! Please pray for these last 3 weeks! Hope to see you there!

Timeline Photos 09/02/2019

We have some fantastic talks and events lined up for the next 3 weeks! Head over to to find out more!


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"Do not be afraid to tell him that you too want to be a part of his love story in this world, that you are ready for something greater!" (Pope Francis, WYD 2019)


"Jesus reveals the now of God, who comes to meet us and call us to take part in his now of “proclaiming good news to the poor… bringing liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, setting at liberty those who are oppressed, announcing the year of the Lord’s favour” (Lk 4:18-19).

This is the now of God. It becomes present with Jesus: it has a face, it is flesh. It is a merciful love that does not wait for ideal or perfect situations to show itself, nor does it accept excuses for its appearance. It is God’s time, that makes every situation and place both right and proper. In Jesus, the promised future begins and becomes life ... When? Now. Yet not everyone who was listening felt invited or called. Not all the residents of Nazareth were prepared to believe in someone they knew and had seen grow up, and who was now inviting them to realize a long-awaited dream ...

For Jesus, there is no “meantime”, but only a merciful love that wants to enter into and win over our hearts. He wants to be our treasure, because he is not a “meantime”, an interval in life or a passing fad; he is generous love that invites us to entrust ourselves.

He is concrete, close, real love. He is festive joy, born of opting for and taking part in the miraculous draught of hope and charity, solidarity and fraternity, despite the paralyzed and paralyzing gaze born of fear and exclusion, speculation and manipulation.

Brothers and sisters, the Lord and his mission are not a “meantime” in our life, something temporary; they are our life!"
(Pope Francis, WYD 2019)

Timeline Photos 31/01/2019

We have a busy 3 weeks of events coming up. Don’t miss out! We have something for those wanting a retreat week with accommodation, those just wanting class, those who work during the day and can only manage evenings, and even a retreat for the girls and guys on the weekend! This is going to be 🔥🙏


“Face to face with him, don’t be afraid to open your heart to him and to ask him to renew the fire of his love, so that you can embrace life with all its frailty and flaws, but also with its grandeur and beauty. May he help you to discover the beauty of being alive.” (Pope Francis, WYD 2019)


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"The more you are afflicted, the more you ought to rejoice, because in the fire of tribulation the soul will become pure gold, worthy to be placed and to shine in the heavenly palace." - St Padre Pio


"It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.” (St. John Paul II)

Keynote Day 2: Scott Hahn & Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT: Love | SEEK2019 06/01/2019

Keynote Day 2: Scott Hahn & Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT: Love | SEEK2019

Currently watching the second keynote talk from Seek 2019 Conference in the USA. Check it out

Keynote Day 2: Scott Hahn & Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT: Love | SEEK2019 Is Jesus really God? Can you trust that Jesus is who He says He is? Listen to Dr. Scott Hahn as he attempts to answer the questions we've all wondered. Sr. M...

Curtis Martin & Leah Darrow: Purpose | SEEK2019 05/01/2019

Curtis Martin & Leah Darrow: Purpose | SEEK2019

Currently watching Seek 2019 Conference which is happening right now in the USA. This opening keynote is well worth a watch!

Curtis Martin & Leah Darrow: Purpose | SEEK2019 What is your purpose? Curtis Martin talks about how we are made for relationship, authentic friendship and intimacy with God. Have you been on a journey towa...

Timeline Photos 01/01/2019

Could Christ be calling you to a radical year at CDC?


Deeper Still // Advent Spoken Word

Some beautiful poetry for Advent

Photos from Catholic Discipleship College's post 16/12/2018

It’s been a beautiful weekend of retreat at CDC, and then that reminder of God’s promise and love shines through after the crazy thunderstorms! 05/12/2018

Catholic Discipleship College December 2018 Newsletter

Our latest newsletter is now live! Welcome to our monthly newsletter, where we share what we've been up to, and what is coming up..


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God invites each of us to "throw our fears into the wind" and pursue Him with our whole hearts. Take a moment to worship with us! 29/11/2018

Testimonies - Molly and Dan

At our recent Catholic Discipleship College Graduation, we took the opportunity to capture testimonies from past students. Check out Part 1 with Molly and Dan. Please like and share! This is "Testimonies - Molly and Dan" by Cheryl Claire Surrey on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

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Graduation 2018 - Song from Cameron to the Students
This is Vesi, she got a million hits on YouTube last night! 😂❤️
CDC will be helping with the Tertiary Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral this evening! Come Holy Spirit! See you at 7pm
Time for bubbles! Enjoy! 😂
Tomorrow evening we're having our Upper Room session at 7pm. Come join us for praise & worship, Adoration and personal B...
Catholic Discipleship College | 2017 so far..
Today was windy and cold, but that didn't stop Molly racing Fr Dominique into the sea! 🌊
Our post-Upper Room jam session (once the night was officially over we couldn't help but play another couple of tunes!) ...



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