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Faith Formation and Spirituality



Faith Formation for Adults
and Young Adults 

  * Faith Enrichment for Parishioners and all who are interested.
        See below for details
  * Lay Pastoral Ministry Program of formation for lay workers
      (volunteers & employees) in the diocese
 Click here for details

Liturgy Formation Sessions 2018

The Diocesan Liturgical Commission will be presenting Liturgy Formation Sessions in 2018.  Click here for more information.

13th National e-Conference
Broken Bay Institute – The Australian Institute of Theological Education (BBI), in partnership with the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC), delivered the annual eConferences to people across Australia and the globe on Thursday 10 August 2017.

The theme for this year’s eConference was: Gospel Leadership in Times of Chaos: the Hope of Pope Francis. Click here for more information.

Reflecting on Art
Columbans have produced another beautiful and in-depth Art Guide which gives an insightful explanation of each painting featured in the 2018 Columban Art Calendar. Get more info here

Assoc Prof Mary Coloe PBVM
Mary Coloe PBVM is a Presentation Sister and a Scripture scholar and teacher of international repute. In the interests of adult education in Scripture Mary has developed a one page website that gives details on her books and articles. More info in
The Vine

At Home with God’s People ·  revised website
Last year a new version of the book At Home with God’s People – our Catholic Faith was published. The new edition has been very popular around Australia and overseas with over 3,000 copies distributed to date. We have now revised the complementary website.

Diocesan Religious Education
Resource Centre
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DVD's of previous e-conferences - borrow free
The Ballarat Diocese Resource Centre has DVD's of previous e-conferences. Parishes and parishioners can borrow free. They can be sent out to you. The following titles (with Catalogue Reference Number) are available:

  • Gospel of St John: The Love of God made Visible  226.5 GOS
  • Gospel of St Mark: a Crucified and Risen Messiah  226.3 GOS
  • Vatican II: An Event of Grace  262.52 VAT
  • Following Jesus – Matthew  226.2 FOL
  • The Holy Spirit: Giver of Life  231.3 HOL
  • Jesus – The Christ  232 JES
  • Mary: First Disciple  232.91 MAR
  • The Man and His Mission – the Year of St Paul  225.92 YEA
  • Learn about your faith, challenge you knowledge Complete Series 1 – 7  282 LEA

ALPHA Film Series • new production:
Several parishes in Ballarat Diocese have recently presented the Alpha series and it has been very well received. See it

Faith Enrichment
A range of faith enrichment resources and contacts are listed below, to assist parishes in providing opportunities for their local situation.  This list will be added to and updated regularly.

Please contact Amanda at Ballarat Diocese ph: 5337 7125 to talk about faith enrichment or the Lay Pastoral Ministry Program.

Online Resources...

Sharing the Word

Sharing the Word is an E-Library of Educational Resources for Catholic Ministry.  Sharing the Word  is an ongoing project of Catholic Mission Australia, and includes full texts of over 8000 open source ebooks, periodicals, podcasts and church documents.  It is free and available at

'America' in the New Century

America Magazine - The Jesuit Review

Journey Catholic Radio 94.1FM

"The Journey" is a weekly program developed by the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong aired on a growing number of Christian Radio Stations around Australia. The Journey includes a variety of weekly inputs including Wisdom from the Abbey with Sr Hilda Scott & Bruce Downes the Catholic Guy inspires you to Dream. There are great tips for vibrant marriages, a section on Healthy Christian Living, and a segment on parenting. Each week, there is a reflection on the Sunday Gospel reading. Add to that some great music and interviews with people doing amazing things right around the globe and you’ve got a show that is all about faith, hope, love and life. 


  Click the image to listen to
 Journey Catholic Radio


Fr. John McKinnon, Hamilton
Scripture website with commentary on:

Faith Formation Leader - Sr Jacinta Rice CSB
Spiritual Director and Retreat Facilitator
Based in Horsham, Ballarat Diocese
Contact: Mob: 0414 337 807

Workshop and Retreat Leader - Cath Connelly
Celtic Spirituality and Music
Cath is based in Melbourne and frequently travels throughout Victoria. 

A new free resource from the Diocese of Wollongong for Parish
Prayer & Discussions groups. Click here where you can download resources and sign up for more details.


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Parishes are encouraged to initiate
Faith Formation opportunities and events in their parish
or with other parishes in their ministry area.
We will be regularly posting resources and information
about Faith Formation leaders on this page.

It was daybreak and Jesus was standing on the shore John 21:4  






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