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Caritas Australia


Caritas Australia is the Catholic Church’s agency for international aid and development. 
It aims to work and stand in solidarity with communities suffering from poverty and disadvantage.
Caritas Australia gives expression to the Gospel imperative to pursue justice and bring freedom to the poor and oppressed, while proclaiming their human dignity. 
This work is undertaken in partnership with communities in Australia and overseas, through programs of aid and development.

Donate online at

or Freecall:  1800 024 413

Thank you for supporting the work of the Church through Caritas Australia!

God of Life,

We lament the loss of life and the fear that has beset so many displaced children, women and men in the Phillippines.

Many of your children are now suffering, grieving and confused.

In all the tears of our sisters and brothers,

we see the face of Jesus on the cross.

We seek to be one with them in this trying time.

We, who pray now, hope still.

Rise up in us to be your face to those who cannot see your face.

Rise up in us to be your voice for those who cannot hear your voice.

Make us your arms to help those, who cannot feel your saving power, stand again.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Prayer based on words of Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, at a prayer service and Holy hour at the San Fernando de Dilao Parish Church in Paco, Manila, 16th November 2013.

Ballarat Diocesan Contacts

Sue Searls - Diocesan Director 
P.O. Box 178, Wendouree  3355
Mobile:  0403 902 921
Email: Sue Searls

Maris Stephenson 
Ph: 5457 1258 
Email:  Maris Stephenson





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