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Pastoral Leadership Team

The Chaplain




The Chairperson

  • Started Family in Auckland 1989, blessed with 3 adult children

  • Known to the Religious / Social / Business community as “The Box Man”

  • Stood as Hermano and Hermana during the Sto Nino “Sinulog” and Our Lady Of Penafrancia celebrations

  • Whole family are active member of the Couples for Christ Family Ministry

  • Offered service to the community on the Issue of Strong Family Relationship especially the OFWs

  • ACFC Vision: “A Happy Family is a Happy Community”

Ariel & Fe Abrogena


Area(s) of Responsibilities:

The Deputy Chairperson


• Dennis arrived in New Zealand in 2006

• A father to five children

• Works as a Parking Officer with Auckland Transport.

• During his day off he visits our sick “Kabayans” in the hospital, reaching out those who have problem

• Giving advice to our newly arrived Kababayans especially the do's and don'ts in New Zealand.

Dennis Maagcalas

Area(s) of Responsibilities:

The Secretary


• Volunteer Radio Presenter of Tinig Pinoy, one of our Filipino radio programmes broadcasted every Saturday on Planet Fm 104.6 since 1998

• Practice Manager, Royal Oak Medical Centre

• Member: Council of Auckland Philippine Organisation, Inc, (CAPO, Inc) Filipino TenPin Bowling NZ, Living Water Chorale, Ge’ez Band, KOSA

• Loves cooking, singing, dancing and collecting plants, coins and stamps

• Vision for ACFC: Uplift the Filipino catholic community spirit and assimilate with the diverse NZ community

Kookie Samin

Area(s) of Responsibilities:
Service & Temporalities

The Secretary Assistant

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• Blessed to have been married to her loving husband Voltaire and mother to three beautiful kids (Mian, Vonn, Sofia and pup Hachi).

• Outside of work and businesses, her family loves to travel and meet new friends. An uncertified ‘plantita’ by heart she enjoys looking after her small collection of plants at home

• Moved to New Zealand in 2017 after living in the middle east for 12yrs. Her career has allowed her to travel and work for multicultural companies in the Philippines and abroad while she pursues her greatest passion, helping out Filipinos in-need

• She looks forward to being of service to the ACFC and Filipino communities.

Alma Villalobos

Area(s) of Responsibilities:
Worship & Evangelisation

The Finance Chairperson


One of the faces you will never miss in the church entrance is Rey. He welcomes everyone with a smile and behind that smile, he serves as the finance person of the Chaplaincy. He has been mistaken for a Filipino priest, maybe due to the close resemblance to Fr Mario. Cooking and DIY are few of his hobbies, and other hobbies will depend on the seasons of the year. He is the good husband of Susan and father of Adriene. The family are all long-time servants of ACFC. Recently, he was chosen to be part of the newly formed ACFC leadership team. He believes it was God’s calling to serve him and the community in return for the abundant blessings gifted to the family."

Rey Grafia


Area(s) of Responsibilities:

Service Coordinator


Carpentry has been my passion even since I was child & eventually became my chosen career. Being a carpenter has brought me to other parts of the world, eventually arriving in New Zealand in July 2018. My wife & daughter are still in the Philippines and I look forward to them joining me here in New Zealand. My hobbies include playing basketball, board games especially chess and mobile games. Helping my kababayans and serving the church are in my DNA. I used to be a knight of the altar and volunteered to help keep the carparking order at Good Shepherd Parish church. The church is like my second home and serving the Lord is where I find my inner peace and joy. I'm delighted to be part of the ACFC Leadership team and with God's guidance, I'm sure I will deliver what is accorded to me.

Jonathan Arcular

Area(s) of Responsibilities:

Youth & Evangelisation Coordinator

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Hello! My name is Nicola, I’m a kiwi-Filipino born here in NZ and I am one of the children’s liturgy teachers for the ACFC. Aside from my science-based career, I’m a amateur food critique who likes to collect houseplants. I will bring fresh ideas to the ACFC and aim to provide support for the youth in the community. My vision for the new ACFC LT is that as a group we work as one to provide our services to the community as we settle into our new parish.

Nicola Margaret Shaw

Area(s) of Responsibilities:
Youth & Evangelisation

Youth & Worship Coordinator


Completed a Bachelor’s degree and arrived in New Zealand April 2006. Jean has been involved in ACFC since 2006. Being part of the ACFC is giving me the great opportunity to serve God and His people. I also shared my God’s given talent in music by forming different choirs the kids, youth and adult choir. I support different groups and organisation all for God’s Glory. Hobbies - Playing musical instrument and sports

Jean Colle

Area(s) of Responsibilities:
Youth & Worhsip

Temporalities & Worship Coordinator


I have been part of the ACFC Community since 2009, as one of may of the knights of the altar, since Fr Ruben Elago’s time as chaplain, while the Chaplaincy was located in Good Shepherd Parish of Balmoral. I moved on since 2017 to be one of the technical coordinator for all online platforms such as the ACFC website and Facebook. In 2020, started to organise the chaplaincy’s livestreaming and recording of Masses. This year, I’ve decided to be part of the leadership team, to provide more opportunities for the youth to volunteer and serve in Worship and Mass Communications. It has been a very blessed journey to serve in the ACFC, being called to serve the Filipino Community here in the Auckland Diocese. I have interests and hobbies in powerlifting, video editing, and really like to be geeky and play with cool tech gear.

Brian Gonzales

Area(s) of Responsibilities:
Temporalities & Worship

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