Our Diocese

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. To the west it is bounded by the Archdiocese of Adelaide and the Diocese of Port Pirie, to the north by the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes and to the East by the Diocese of Sandhurst and the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

Our Diocese at a Glance
The Catholic Diocese of Ballarat is a diverse and geographically extensive Diocese of forty-one parishes.
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Bishop Paul Bird
Bishop Paul Bird CSsR was appointed Eighth Bishop of Ballarat by Pope Benedict XVI on 1 August 2012 and ordained as Bishop on 16 October, 2012.
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Diocesan Vision & Mission
The Vision Statement for the Diocese of Ballarat.
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Cathedral
St Patrick’s Cathedral, Ballarat was consecrated in 1891 making it Australia’s oldest consecrated Cathedral.
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History
A brief timeline of the history of the Diocese.
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Looking Forward
Looking Forward is a pastoral planning process in the Diocese of Ballarat. It addresses the practical aspects of sustaining and strengthening the organisation of the diocese in order to care for the people of God and to enable them to bear witness to their Christian faith.
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Plenary Council 2020
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference announced their intention to host a Plenary Council
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Making a Scene at Christmas
A display of nativity scenes from around the world
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Employment
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