Welcome to the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat

The Catholic Diocese of Ballarat is a diverse and geographically extensive Diocese of forty-one parishes which covers the western third of Victoria, extending from the Murray River in the North to the Southern Ocean in the South. Read More

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Latest News


World Day of the Poor

19 November 2019

The third World Day of the Poor focus on the theme “the hope of the poor shall not perish for ever”. The Church in Australia is recognising volunteers who work to bring hope to those in need. Read Pope Francis’ 2019 message for this day.


All Saints Portland celebrates

13 November 2019

A wonderful celebration, commemorating 175 years since the first Catholic Eucharist in Portland, was held on November 3 at All Saints Church Portland.


Mass of Thanksgiving

13 November 2019

Bishop Paul Bird CSsR has invited Bishop Shane Mackinlay to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving in our diocese, following his Episcopal Ordination for the Sandhurst Diocese.


National Drought Prayer Campaign

12 November 2019

The Catholic Church in Australia is dedicating the month of November as a time to pray for those affected by crippling drought conditions and to pray for the gift of rain.

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We are the Catholic Church in the Ballarat Diocese
we gather in the name of Jesus from the Murray to the sea
in interwoven faith communities. Spirit filled
we celebrate and share our journey
reaching out to nurture all God's people.

Diocesan Vision Statement 2005

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PO Box 576
Ballarat, Victoria 3353

Phone +61 3 5337 7111

Where to find us

Catholic Diocese of Ballarat
5 Lyons Street South
Ballarat, Victoria 3353