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WHAT WE DO

The Diocese of Ballarat is a particular church within the Catholic church.

The Diocese of Ballarat is one part of the people of God, Christ’s faithful, entrusted to the care of the Bishop.

The Catholic Diocese of Ballarat offers support and encouragement to the many thousands of people who live in the rural and provincial communities across the western part of Victoria from the Murray to the Southern Ocean. 

The Diocese of Ballarat, through the work of all its people:

  • gathers the people of God in worship through its parishes and within its boundaries;
  • gives witness to the teachings of Jesus the Christ;
  • proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ;
  • reflects the sacramentality of all things, especially by the giving and receiving of the Sacraments of our faith;
  • catechises the faithful and those new to faith;
  • oversees the teaching of children in its schools through the work of the Ballarat Catholic Education Office;
  • serves those in need especially through the diocesan agency Centacare ;
  • advocates for social justice;
  • communicates openly and well with the faithful and the wider community and takes part in ecumenical and interfaith dialogue;
  • enables the work of many groups, commissions and agencies connected to the diocese through a common faith in Jesus Christ and commitment to his mission;
  • administers the temporal goods of the diocese with care and integrity;
  • evangelises and reaches out towards those who are searching for meaning and faith.  

ABOUT OUR DIOCESE

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

The Diocese has a number of provincial centres and large rural areas. There is a wide range and mix of primary and secondary industry and tourism and many places of natural beauty - the Great Ocean Road, the Grampians, the towns of the Murray River, the Little Desert and the goldfields.

The total population of the Diocese is 407,400 and the Catholic population is 102,018 (2011 Census, the 2016 figures adjusted for diocesan boundaries are not yet available). There are fifty-one parishes in the Diocese comprising one hundred and seventeen church communities. There are thirty priests working in parishes, one of whom also has a significant role in tertiary education.  Their work is supported by retired priests. Three other diocesan priests work outside the diocese in tertiary education.  Forty of the fifty-one parishes have a parish priest who also cares for another parish.  There are two parishes who have formal lay-leadership with a Supervising Priest and a Visiting Priest(s). Many lay people have leadership roles in parishes and many parishes share resources within one of the ten Ministry Districts in the Diocese, including sharing lay personnel.

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

All Enquiries

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