Our 
Diocese

The Catholic Diocese of Ballarat is a diverse and geographically extensive Diocese of fifty-one parishes which covers the western third of Victoria, extending from the Murray River in the North to the Southern Ocean in the South. To the west it is bounded by the Archdiocese of Adelaide and the Diocese of Port Pirie, to the north by the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes and to the East by the Diocese of Sandhurst and the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

Our Diocese at a Glance

The Catholic Diocese of Ballarat is a diverse and geographically extensive Diocese of fifty-one parishes.

Bishop Paul Bird

Bishop Paul Bird CSsR was appointed Eighth Bishop of Ballarat by Pope Benedict XVI on 1 August 2012 and ordained as Bishop on 16 October, 2012.

Diocesan Vision Statement

The Vision Statement for the Diocese of Ballarat.

What we do

The Diocese of Ballarat is one part of the people of God, Christ’s faithful, entrusted to the care of the Bishop.

Diocesan Directory

Information currently under review

Cathedral

St Patrick’s Cathedral, Ballarat was consecrated in 1891 making it Australia’s oldest consecrated Cathedral.

History

A brief timeline of the History of the Diocese.

Looking Forward

Looking Forward is a pastoral planning process in the Diocese of Ballarat. It addresses the practical aspects of sustaining and strengthening the organisation of the diocese in order to care for the people of God and to enable them to bear witness to their Christian faith.

Employment

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