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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 - Vicar General
Anne Eskdale
Marie Shaddock
Elizabeth Clarke
Paul O'Beirne
Pauline Stapleton
Thomas Thukkumury
DPC Executive Officer

Book List

Over recent years the Diocesan Pastoral Council has developed an initiative for getting library books into parishes with up-to-date titles available for new and occasional parishioners. The list was developed in conjunction with the Diocesan Resource Centre. You may wish to consider purchasing some or all of these titles for your Parish. Books are available through Pauline Books, Booktopia and Garrett Publishing. Click here for Book List

There is also a useful feedback bookmark available here.

Meetings for 2019 will be held in Ballarat on the following dates:

  • Saturday March 23 
  • no meeting in June
  • Saturday September 14 2pm-4.30pm
  • Saturday November 30 1pm-4.30pm

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