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Welcome to Burns Lodge at Holy Cross.
We are owned and managed by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dunedin as a not for profit organisation contributing to and supporting community projects within the diocese and in Mosgiel.
The land was originally acquired as a New Zealand Land Company grant in 1864 by Arthur Burns (son of the Rev Thomas Burns and grandnephew of eighteenth century poet Robert Burns). The farm was called Mosgiel. The homestead was built in the 1870’s. Bishop Michael Verdon purchased the house and 11 acres in 1899.
Bishop Verdon set the property up as the National Seminary for training of Priests for the Roman Catholic Church of New Zealand and named it Holy Cross College. The seminary was here for 97 years until January 1998 when it was transferred to Auckland.
The Diocese of Dunedin has operated the site as a conference facility since 1998.
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