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Twelve years ago Food For Faith began as a blog and has developed into an online mission that reaches several thousand people across the globe every day.

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Food for Faith is the online mission of Fr. John O’Connor, providing reflections and spiritual insights grounded in his ministry as a diocesan priest in Aotearoa New Zealand, and further afield.

This mission comprises around 3000 written, podcast and video reflections intended to encourage all who seek greater maturity in Christian faith.

The Food for Faith Charitable Trust supports the growth of John’s mission allowing him to focus his time and energy alongside his other appointments, on the presentation of Christian faith in a form that is attractive and connected to the complex and rich lives of people who seek abundant living in relationship with God.

Administrative work is undertaken by an accountant, technical producer, scheduler and secretary. A host of others inspire and guide John as he works among the people around Aotearoa and beyond.

The Food for Faith mission has connected with many people around the globe. We welcome your engagement and appreciate any financial support  you can provide, to enable its continuation.

Please use the links below to make your donation. You can receive a tax receipt for your donation - please email to request this after donating.

About Food For Faith

Your donation will help spread this ministry further and allow thousands more to grow their relationship with Jesus Christ.

Here's an overview of  Food For Faith.

John O'Connor

John O’Connor is a priest of the Catholic diocese of Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand. Since his ordination in 1985 he has served on parishes, ministered as a spiritual Director and Retreat Director, and enjoys the rich diversity of life of a Diocesan Priest in Aotearoa and further afield.

Food for Faith provides:

  • Daily Written Reflections during Lent and Advent and regular blogs throughout the year.
  • Homily Studio weekly podcasts.
  • Daily Lectio Divina podcasts.
  • Online Prayer requests.
  • Occasional short video clips.
  • Online Retreats (3 day and longer)

Food for Faith Charitable Trust

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Purposes of the Trust

To use and enhance the assets of the Trust so that they can be used for the benefit of those who wish to grow in faith, using a “virtual” platform, and when possible, in-person retreats and similar gatherings.

To use and enhance the assets of the Trust so that they can be used to
encourage and support maturation of faith in Christ, in anyone both inside and outside the Church, for such initiatives as interviews, improved technical capabilities, script writing and other similar formation.

The Trust is further established to do anything else which the Trustees may think is conducive or incidental to the attainment of the above charitable purposes.

See Who’s involved


Chris Fogarty, Chair. Partner Cameron and Co lawyers, based in Christchurch as a family lawyer.

Merv Duffy. Marist priest. Dean and lecturer theology for Te Kupenga, Catholic Theological College in Auckland.

Kate Kearins. Business school leader. Teaching and research background in business and sustainability.

Catherine Gibbs, Administrator based in Wellington. Professional background in education and the arts.


Database admin and podcast scheduler.

Triona Doocey. Archivist and Privacy Officer based in Christchurch.


Ted Wypych. Director, Quantum Accounting Software Ltd, based in Wellington.

Technical production and support.


Screenweave Collective, Christchurch.

The work of Food For Faith

Over 3000 reflections

Delve into a decade of articles, prayers, and other resources.

Three unique podcast series

Daily Lectio Divina, weekly Homily Studio discussions, and a podcast sharing other talks and reflections.

Online prayer requests

Request prayers and pray for the needs of others.

Over 80 Youtube videos

Reflections, prayers, and more great video content.

More still to come...

Food For Faith has more plans and dreams for how it can encourage people in their relationship with Jesus Christ. We need your support to make this happen.

Has Food For Faith been part of your faith journey?

Our dream is that this ministry will touch the hearts of thousands more across New Zealand and around the world. We need your help to make this happen.