What is the O’Shea Shield?

The O’Shea Shield celebrates our young people and the future of the Catholic Church.

In Memory of Archbishop O’Shea

This contest is dedicated to the memory of Wellington Archbishop Thomas O’Shea 1870 – 1954. As a 15-year-old he left Hawera to become a foundation pupil of St Patrick’s College Wellington, and taught at the college in 1889. On 17 August 1913 he was consecrated as coadjutor Archbishop of Wellington, and then became Archbishop in 1935.

Archbishop O’Shea’s appointment was announced in the New Zealand Tablet commenting that it was ‘rare for one so young’ to assume the duties of his high position ‘in such close and sympathetic touch with the young people of his flock with whom the future of the church is so intimately bound’ (August 21, 1913).

In 1906 he revived the Society of St Vincent de Paul in Wellington. He was a talented educator and role model for young Catholics.

For more information on Archbishop Thomas O’Shea see his story on ‘Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand’ website: www.teara.govt.nz

The host of the 72nd O’Shea Shield competition 2018, St Catherine’s College (left), shared top place with Sacred Heart College, Lower Hutt (right)