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Council of Religious

The Council of Religious, Diocese of Ballarat was inaugurated by Bishop Ronald Mulkearns in 1972. At that time it was called the Ballarat Diocesan Sisters’ Council. With the inclusion of the Christian Brothers in 1985 followed by other male congregations, the Council was appropriately renamed.


The objectives of the Council of Religious include the following:

  • To be a contact for and a support to the Bishop;
  • To provide the religious of the diocese with a voice in the matters pertaining to the life and mission of the church of the diocese of Ballarat;
  • To make a contribution to the life and faith of the Ballarat diocese; and
  • To promote the understanding of Religious Life within the church.


2019 Members of the Council for Religious

President:  Bishop Paul Bird CSsR
Treasurer:  Sr Irene Monigatti rsm
Secretary:  Sr Maree Holt csb
Members:  Sr Elisapeta Tevaga csn, Sr Denise Demarchelier ibvm, Sr Carmel Giles rsm.


Religious Congregations in our Diocese at this time.

Sisters of St Brigid                                   4 Sisters

Sisters of the Good Samaratans            4 Sisters

Sisters of St John of God                        left the diocese in 2014

Loreto Sisters                                            4 Sisters

Sisters of Mercy                                        43 Sisters

Sisters of Nazareth                                   4 Sisters

Sisters of Sion                                           1 Sister

Sisters of St John the Baptist                  2 Sisters

Christian Brothers                                     4 Brothers

Dominican Fathers                                    left the diocese in 2017

Missionaries of the Sacred Heart           1 Priest

Redemptorists                                           1 Bishop, 5 Priests






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