Australian Catholic University (St Patrick's Campus, Fitzroy)
Campus Ministry is about bringing the distinctive identity and mission of ACU to life! Students are invited to participate in some or all of the following gatherings:
•Celebration of the Eucharist: Monday 12pm, Wednesday and Thursday 12pm ( will most likely change as we get another Chaplain)
•Prayer, reflection and Adoration
•National and local retreats
•Faith-sharing groups focused on listening to the Word of God
•Taize prayer – weekly during semester Thursdays 11:15 – 11:45am
•Evangelisation, social justice and community engagement
•Regular opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Fr Shabin Kaniampuram (Chaplain)
Phone: +613 9953 3731
The Daniel Mannix Building (Young Street)-Mezzanine-MZ.18
Nathan Costin (Campus Ministry Officer)
Phone: +613 9953 3759
The Daniel Mannix Building (Young Street)-Mezzanine-MZ.17
Melbourne University has two Catholic chaplains that support staff and students: Fr Andrew McCarter and Sr Delma Lamb.
The chaplains offer spiritual direction, support to international students and Mass is celebrated
on Campus from Tuesday till Thursday at 1.15pm in Old Physics Building Conference room 3.
Fr Andrew McCarter
Available: Wednesday and Thursday
Sr Delma Lamb
International Students Chaplain
Phone: +613 8344 4825 or 0413607438
Available: Monday- Friday
There are also two current student groups to get involved with:
COSDU Catholic Society
COSDU reaches out to Catholic youth studying in universities around Melbourne. They encourage and support each other through faith formation and fellowship, deepening their relationship with Christ, together as one community. They welcome all to join our community that is united by their Catholic faith. Activities include:
•Friday night sessions with guest speakers
•Praise & Worship
•Monthly Youth Mass
•Community social justice activities
Meetings are usually held at the Melbourne University Chaplaincy, Level 1, 138 Cardigan Street, Carlton.
The Mackillop Society
The MacKillop Society is a Catholic club on campus aimed at providing a support network for Catholic students. By following the Gospel through the strong tradition of the Catholic Church, they believe they can be true witnesses to Christ’s teaching. Through engaging presentations from inspiring young Catholics, group discussion and prayer, they intend to deepen the faith of all their members. They are also involved in the local community through social justice programs and through spreading the message of the Gospel through both words and actions.
The MacKillop Society provides a safe, welcoming environment for young Catholics to meet and socialise, offering movie nights, free food and a range of other fun events to create a true community on campus. Members of all walks of life are welcome, including those who do not follow the Catholic faith, but wish simply to learn more about it.
Monash University (Clayton/Caulfield/Peninsula campuses)
Catholics on Campus (COC) aims to provide moral, social, cultural and spiritual support for students and staff and to promote mutual understanding among faiths. Our aim & objective is to come together to learn and grow in our faith, in a fun & relaxing environment.
•Daily Mass at 12.10pm in the Small Chapel of Religious Centre (Building 9).
•Sunday Mass at 5.10pm in the Religious Centre.
•Mass at Mannix College - 9pm each Sunday (opposite Monash Uni)
•Friday group: 6:30pm - Rosary and personal prayer in the Small Chapel and from 7:15pm onwards meeting with sharing, prayer, testimonies, talks, visiting speakers, bible scripture, praise & worship, film & games nights, etc., with food & refreshments provided, in Room G11, Clayton Religious Centre.
•Semester retreats, seminars with Catholic Doctors Association of Victoria & Melbourne Catholics Lawyers Association, Christian Awareness Week & ecumenical events, social fellowship functions, with visiting guest speakers, etc.
•Weekly Monday meeting: at 5pm in Caulfield Spiritual Centre (Building Room: B1.56) – New Mass liturgy, bible scripture, prayer, testimonies, catechism, etc. With light supper & refreshments.
•Weekly Mass on Thursday at 1.20pm – in Caulfield Spiritual Centre (Building Room: B1.56).
•Every second Wednesday at 3pm in Building “A”, Room: A1.18. Bible scripture, prayer, catechism, etc., with light supper.
Fr Chris Dowd, OP.
Phone: 9905 3161 or 0418 510 518
The Chaplaincy at RMIT provides compassionate help and spiritual support for students and staff of all faiths and none. The chaplains offer (or the chaplaincy offers) a listening ear, quiet spaces and a warm welcome. Fr Jo Dirks works one day a week (Thursdays) as the Catholic chaplain. He visits all three campuses (Bundoora, Brunswick and City) and is available to chat. Please feel free to drop by for a tea or coffee.
Mass is celebrated regularly at St Francis Church, 326 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Visit the St Francis website for more details: http://www.stfrancismelbourne.org.au/
. To find out more about the RMIT chaplaincy visit their website.
Fr Jo Dirks
Phone: +613 9925 2317
Sr Maureen Merlo
Phone: +613 9925 2317
There are many part-time chaplains serving at the various campuses in the Melbourne Archdiocese (Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds and Geelong Waterfront). Deakin's chaplains deliver an important link for staff and students between the wisdom and guidance offered by all religions and the diversity of beliefs. Services on-campus and online include prayer, reflection and worship opportunities as well as information about religious events on and off-campus.
Helen Edmonds (Catholic Chaplain)
Phone: +613 9813 3007 / 0413 134 715
Available: Tuesday and Wednesday (other times by appointment)
La Trobe University (Bundoora)
La Trobe Bundoora chaplaincy offers a variety of activities to help you make the most of university life, meet new people and think through big issues from a spiritual perspective. Some of their activities include:
•Individual consultation for staff and students to think through issues from various spiritual perspectives
•Gathering with other Catholic students for activities such as Bible studies, talks and social events
• Daily Mass @ 1.05pm, followed by Adoration on Mondays and Fridays; Sunday Mass at 11am
•Being available in some circumstances to celebrate Mass in Italian where required
•Running programs for international students to welcome them and support them as they adjust to Australian culture and life
Fr Anthony Xavier Rathinam OSM (Catholic Chaplain)
Room 420, Humanities Building 3
Phone: +613 9479 2979
The Chaplaincy is pleased to meet people from every faith or no faith. People can visit the Chaplain at VU to share any news, views, stories, concerns or discuss other personal issues. The Chaplain offers spiritual and emotional support, listens with a caring heart and a compassionate spirit, irrespective of your faith/belief affiliation or background.
Fr Rowan is the Catholic Chaplain and is available on Wednesdays and Fridays to meet with people. Mass is celebrated on Fridays.
Fr Rowan Luza
Phone: +613 9919 2051