Our Staff

Theresa Mischewski


I was brought up in a large Catholic, prolife family and moved to Christchurch in 2020 to study Management and Marketing at the University of Canterbury. In Christchurch I joined the exec of the Pro-life UC club, and helped out as a facilitator for the Loving for Life sexuality and relationships program in schools, attending several Theology of the Body courses and being the president of the CathSoc Club. In addition, I am currently working towards completing my training to become a teacher of the Billings ovulation method for natural family planning.  Now in my role as director of the John Paul II Centre for Life I can promote life, marriage and family – a job I am very passionate about.

Lara Paterson

Seeds of Hope Coordinator

My journey began when I took on the role of Pregnancy Support Worker for the John Paul II Centre for Life. I have been honoured to walk alongside women and their families in times of grief when they have lost a child before birth. I have also supported women when they have faced an unexpected pregnancy, through full information and support. This includes parent care coordination and case management for couples who have been given a prenatal diagnosis, grief support after a loss and abortion healing.  Accompanying families through this challenging time to find peace and healing is a true honour, knowing that faith, prayer and the sacraments are all important tools to assist us on the way.

Our Board

Jason McTague, Megan Emery, Allan Holden, Marrion Smith, Matt O' Connell (Chairman), Sonya Fitzgerald (Secretary), Marianne Daly
Absent: Vincent Chia, Fr Chris Orr, Paul Casey