Diocesan Vision

At its meeting on 14 May 2019, the Bishop's Advisory Council, together with Bishop Paul Bird, endorsed a process to develop a Vision for the Diocese for now and coming years.  This process includes consultation with the people of the Diocese.

You can download the Consultation process here and the accompanying Bishop's letter here

Consultation submissions closed on 29 July 2019 



Diocesan Mission

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;
  • 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.  

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