Denis Browne (bishop)

Most Reverend Bishop Denis George Browne CNZM, DD (born 21 September 1937) was Bishop of Rarotonga (1977-1983), the tenth Catholic Bishop of Auckland (1983-1994) and is the second Bishop of Hamilton, New Zealand (1994-present).

Born in Auckland, Browne received his primary education at St. Michael's Primary school, Remuera, and his secondary education at St. Peter's College, Epsom, conducted by the Christian Brothers. He then went on to study at Holy Name Seminary, Christchurch (operated by the Jesuit order) and Holy Cross College, Mosgiel (operated by the Vincentian order).

Denis Browne was ordained a Catholic priest on 30 June 1962 by Archbishop James Liston at St Patrick's Cathedral, Auckland. After ordination, he was assigned to parish work in Gisborne where he served from 1963 until 1967. He was at Papatoetoe 1968 - 1971 and at Remuera 1972 - 1974. He served in Tonga (Nukualofa, Houma,`Eva) in the period 1975 - 1977. On the 29th June, 1977 he was ordained a Bishop in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Auckland. He served as Bishop of the Cook Islands and Niue until 1983. He became the tenth Bishop of Auckland on 24 August 1983 and served in that post until 1994 when he was translated to Hamilton as its second Bishop .

Current Community Involvement

  • President, New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference
  • Conference Deputy for: Liturgyand ICEL
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania.
  • Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit 2001.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
John Hubert Macey Rodgers, SM
3rd Bishop of Rarotonga
1977 - 1983
Succeeded by
Robin Walsh Leamy, SM
Preceded by
John Mackey
10th Bishop of Auckland
Succeeded by
Patrick Dunn
Preceded by
Edward Russell Gaines
2nd Bishop of Hamilton
1994 -
Succeeded by


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