Merger to enhance social services in Victoria

As CatholicCare Victoria, the combined agencies will have enhanced capabilities to respond to those in need (CCS)

Victoria’s bishops have announced the merging of CatholicCare Melbourne and Gippsland, Centacare Ballarat and CatholicCare Sandhurst, to form a new entity: CatholicCare Victoria. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

“On 1 January 2021, the Archdiocese of Melbourne, the Diocese of Ballarat, the Diocese of Sandhurst and the Diocese of Sale will unite in common mission to advance the ministry of Catholic social services in Victoria,” the Victorian bishops said in a statement today,.

With a combined service of more than 180 years, the individual agencies have responded to needs in their communities with compassion and care.

As CatholicCare Victoria, the combined agencies will have enhanced capabilities to respond to those in need, to sponsor initiatives at the breadth and scale that are most effective, and to advocate about and address the root causes of poverty and injustice.

“Building and supporting individuals, families and communities in times of need, especially those who are most disadvantaged, vulnerable and/or marginalised, is key to advancing human dignity and to fostering the common good in our society,” the statement says.

“In coming together, we reinforce our shared commitment to social service ministry; offering works of mercy, charity and justice to meet the needs of the vulnerable and marginalised in Victoria, now and into the future.

“Our Christian mission in action is a call to go to those most in need. This new state-wide approach to offering social services in the way of the Gospel will have at its heart the going out in love, justice, assistance and friendship,” Melbourne Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli said.

To read more about CatholicCare Victoria, visit


Victorian dioceses to bring enhanced Catholic social services to those in need (Melbourne Catholic

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