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Diocesan Pastoral Council

The Diocesan Pastoral Council is a group of people from various places around the diocese of Ballarat whom Bishop Paul has invited to reflect with him on the needs of the diocese.  Through their meetings, DPC members will share their own insights and also be a channel for the insights of others.

Objectives of the Diocesan Pastoral Council

  • To inform the decision-making process of the Bishop by its consideration of issues raised at the meetings of the Council;
  • To develop practical strategies for enhancing faith life within the diocese for the Bishop’s consideration;
  • To reflect on pastoral directions and priorities for the diocese;
  • To make recommendations in these areas to the Bishop;
  • To listen to and be aware of pastoral needs amongst parishes, communities or particular groups of parishioners and bring these issues forward;
  • To offer information and encouragement to those with whom it has relationships, including Parish Pastoral Councils, Leadership Teams and Parishioners of Ballarat Diocese.  

The members of the Diocesan Pastoral Council are:
Bishop Paul Bird
Fr Kevin Maloney VG
Amanda Smith
Anne Eskdale
Marie Shaddock
Elizabeth Clarke
Paul O'Beirne
Pauline Stapleton
Thomas Thukkumury

Meetings for 2018 will be held in Ballarat on the following dates:

  • Saturday February 10 
  • Saturday May 26
  • Saturday September 1
  • Saturday November 24

The Diocesan Pastoral Council may be contacted at any time by Parish Pastoral Councils, Parish groups, other Diocesan groups or by any individual in the Diocese via:

Email:  DPC Ballarat

or by mail to:
Diocesan Pastoral Council
Ballarat Diocese
PO Box 576


Amanda Smith
Executive Officer – Diocesan Pastoral Council
Ph. 5337 7125





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