Diocese of Bendigo

The Diocese of Bendigo extends from Daylesford in the south to Mildura in the north, St Arnaud in the west and Mooroopna in the east. There is a large grain growing area and dried fruits and wine production in the Mildura region.

The Diocese of Bendigo has been severely affected by eleven years of drought and then with so much of the Diocese inundated in the floods of late 2010 and January 2011.

There are 25 MU and Caritas parish branches and 11 parishes with members who have no branch to attend. There are 23 Diocesan members, 226 branch members and 80 Caritas members in the Bendigo Diocese.

Bendigo Diocesan Prayer

World Wide President visits Bendigo

Outreach Activities

  • Bendigo MU has outreached in so many ways at the time and are still continuing to do so. 

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Footscray Sudanese Community

  • Bendigo MU have supported the Footscray Sudanese Committee over the past years by inviting them to spend a weekend or a day in the country.

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Bride magazine

  • MU inserted an ad in the Bride magazine produced by a local Bendigo newspaper in which we encouraged young people to ‘Join the Love Triangle’ and ‘Let God Bless Your Marriage’ in contrast to the glitz and glamour emphasis.

Other Activities

  • Rugs Ministry outreach
  • Comfort teddies
  • Prem baby clothes
  • Scarves and beanies for the homeless and seafarers
  • Made recipe folders
  • Kitchen packs
  • Gave copies of ‘The Five Love Languages’ for those about to be married
  • Laminated recipe books for a local women’s Tarrengower Prison which hopefully will lead to visits and possibly literacy support

Support received from outside the diocese after wide-spread floods

  • Melbourne Diocese sent us a special replacement Bible, new items of clothing, sewing kits and mosquito repellent which were distributed widely.
  • AC Disaster Fund assisted with $1500 to purchase mosquito repellent packs for this recent summer which were all distributed through all areas.
  • With support from AC we are currently in the process of identifying ways of supporting men from three flooded areas by facilitating an activity which offers a break from their home environment.

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