Parish Profile: Snapshot

Our Parish Communities

Three parishes

The Catholic communities of Camberwell, Balwyn Deepdene and Surrey Hills Wattle Park

Across the three parishes there are 14,810 Catholics and 5,290 families (National Centre for Pastoral Research: 2016 data)

Five church communities

Our Lady of Victories, Camberwell
All Hallows, Balwyn
Our Lady of Good Counsel, Deepdene
Our Holy Redeemer, Surrey Hills
Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Wattle Park

Our Parish Team

Our Parish Priest is Father Brendan Reed and Father Trac Nguyen is our Assistant Priest. Both priests reside at the Our Lady of Victories Presbytery in Camberwell.

There is a single staff group working across the three parishes. The Parish Office is located at 19 Brenbeal Street, Balwyn.

A shared pastoral ministry among two full time appointed priests, a Senior Pastoral Associate, a Sacraments Coordinator and two retired clergy.

Across our Parishes

Three parish primary schools – Our Lady of Good Counsel School, Deepdene, Our Holy Redeemer School, Surrey Hills and Our Lady of Perpetual Succour School, Wattle Park

A Catholic secondary school for girls – Genazzano FCJ College, Kew

A Catholic specialist school for children with a wide range of disabilities – St Paul’s College, Balwyn

A retirement village – Barnsbury in Deepdene

Two Catholic and nine faith based and independent aged care facilities

A hospital – St George’s Hospital, Kew

Parish Vision Statements

At Camberwell Parish we describe our parish as:

An opening, caring place of people seeking to live in closer relationship with God, where everyone is welcome. (Camberwell Parish Vision Statement)

At Balwyn Deepdene Parish, we describe our parish as a place where:

Each person witnesses Christ in their own way every day. (Balwyn Deepdene Parish Vision Statement)

Parish Missions

A framework of five key missions provides the scaffolding for our parish communities, including pastoral programs, strategic priorities, staffing structures and resource allocations.

The five missions:

Education and Faith Formation
Liturgical and Spiritual Life
Outreach and Partnerships
Community Engagement
Stewardship