Bishop Denis Hanrahan was ordained a priest by Bishop Joyce on 21 July 1957 in Greymouth. In 1970 he went to Manila to study for a year at the East Asian Pastoral Institute. On returning to Christchurch in 1971, he lived with the Brothers of St John of God, at what was then Marylands, at Halswell. He was appointed Diocesan Director for Religious Education in 1971. He remained in this position until becoming Parish Priest at Bisopdale in 1979. He was also chairman of the Christchurch Priests' Senate from 1979 until 1983

‘To Live By Faith’ was the motto bestowed upon Catholic Cathedral College by Bishop Denis Hanrahan the founder of the college in 1987 and the motto was taken from his coat of arms. Bishop Hanrahan took a special interest in the amalgamation of Xavier and Sacred Heart Colleges. The foundation stone at the front of the college reads… “Cathedral College, established 1987 by the Most Reverend Denis Hanrahan D.D., Bishop of Christchurch and the Sisters of our Lady of the Missions”.

Hanrahan House lives by and upholds these values in the school and wider community. We pride our selves on academic success and are keen performers.

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Ms Myrna Burrows