Thomas Williams (Archbishop of Wellington)

Thomas Stafford Williams Cardinal ONZ, ChStJ ( born March 20, 1930 in Wellington, New Zealand) is a retired Archbishop of Wellington.


Thomas Stafford Williams studied Catholic theology, philosophy, economics and social sciences in Wellington, Rome and Dublin. In 1959 he received the sacrament of Holy Orders. After further study, he received his doctorate in 1962 as a doctor of sociology.

He then worked in New Zealand as a church pastor and in the formation of priests. From 1971 to 1975 he worked as a missionary in Western Samoa from 1976 to 1979, he served as pastor the church Holy Family in Wellington.

In 1979 he became Archbishop of Wellington. Four years later, Pope John Paul II took him a cardinal priest with the titular church of Gesù Divin Maestro alla Pineta Sacchetti on the College of Cardinals. He belongs since 2001 to the Kardinalsrat for investigation of organizational and economic problems of the Holy See.

On 21 March 2005, he entered the grounds of age from his office as Archbishop of Wellington. He participated in the conclave of 2005, in which Benedict XVI. was chosen in part.