Who are Church clients?

  • Parishes
  • Catholic School Boards of Proprietors and PTAs
  • Religious Orders
  • Other Catholic non-profit groups

Why choose a CDF Account?

  • All deposits in the CDF are guaranteed by the Catholic Bishop of Christchurch.
  • Credit interest rates are reviewed periodically.
  • All accounts earn interest from the first dollar.
  • No fees of any kind.
  • Flexibility and simple approach.
  • Partnership – common Catholic ethos.
  • Personalised service – you will speak to a real person when you phone the CDF in business hours.
  • A staff member may be available to visit you at your home or workplace.
  • A withdrawal request made by 3pm on any weekday will be processed the same day.
  • CDF Online – internet based service
  • Loans


Loans are only available to church clients, not to individuals, for Catholic development purposes, as approved by the Bishop and the Catholic Development Fund Board of Trustees. Almost every parish in the Diocese has taken advantage of a CDF loan at some stage since the Fund began in 1967.

Loan rates are reviewed quarterly and are available on application to the CDF.

Click here for application and other forms

Click here for information on making further deposits and or withdrawals, once your account is open.