Bishop-elect Paul Martin was born in Hastings in 1967, one of five children. He entered the Marist Seminary in February 1985 and studied theology and art at Victoria University, Wellington. He taught English and Religious Education in NZ, and has held the roles of Rector at St Patrick’s College, Wellington and Deputy Director in Pastoral Care at St Bede’s College, Christchurch. He has also served as President of the Wellington Secondary Schools’ Principals Association and was part of the Marist community at the time it was working in Maori Pastoral Care at Rawene, South Hokianga. Until his appointment, he was the General Bursar for the Society of Mary in Rome.
His consecration is expected to be in the new year.