Simon Roughan, director of Roughan Chiropractic Centres in Christchurch and Hokitika, has demonstrated unwavering dedication to the Diocese of Christchurch. His journey of service began as Chair of the St Patrick’s School Board of Trustees in Greymouth. Later, he moved to Christchurch and was appointed to the CDF Board by Bishop John Cunneen in the early 2000s.

Bishop John Cunneen emphasised that Simon’s role on the CDF Board was to offer a social conscience. Simon served on the board for over two decades until resigning at this week’s annual general meeting. Reflecting on his tenure, Simon expressed, “It was an honour and a privilege to serve my diocese in a very practical way.”

Deeply rooted in his Catholic faith, Simon views leadership as a “calling.” His time on the CDF Board was incredibly fulfilling, particularly in distributing funds for educational projects. During his tenure on the St Patrick’s School Board, he oversaw the construction of new buildings to meet government standards, fostering a nurturing educational environment. This mindset carried into his work with the CDF Board, where he supported requests for loan funding when required for roll-growth classroom development.

Bishop Michael praised Simon as an exemplary servant of the Church and noted his professional expertise in navigating various challenges. A small celebration followed Simon’s final board meeting, during which he expressed his unwavering confidence in the Board’s future under Graeme Wilson’s chairmanship and the dedicated diocesan team supporting the bishop’s initiatives.

The celebration of Simon Roughans’ service highlights the strength and unity of the Catholic community within the Diocese of Christchurch – together, working for the greater good.

2003 CDF Trustees include: George Macfarlane – Chair; Monsignor Gerard O’Connor- representing Bishop Cunneen, the 8th Bishop of Christchurch; Desmond Boyle; Derek Craze; Rev Dan Doyle; Simon Roughan; Philip Baird; Jack O’Donnell.


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