A Message from the Bishop, The Right Reverend John Parkes AM
My Brothers and Sisters, welcome!
The locals in the North East of Victoria like to tell visitors that this is ‘God’s own country’. While I’d never have the temerity to claim that title solely as our own, there is certainly something very special about the area covered by the Diocese of Wangaratta. Whether your interest runs to quiet contemplation or adventure, mountains or more gentle vistas, solitude or bustling communities, snow fields or water skiing, there is something to suit everyone in this beautiful part of the world. We might not hold sole claim as God’s own country, but there is no doubting His hand in all that surrounds us here.
One thing that the North East does particularly well is hospitality, and hospitality is in many ways at the heart of the Christian Church. Faith and community are intertwined and we are pleased to welcome all people to our communities and to our churches. We welcome all to celebrate with us, to pray with us, to sup with us and to join the family of Christ. I hope that through this site we are able to offer a kind of hospitality, opening up our communities to you and welcoming you to all that we have to offer in the Diocese of Wangaratta.
You may be visiting our site for one of many reasons. Perhaps you are visiting the area and trying to find a service to attend. Perhaps you are a church member looking for information about how the Diocese works. Perhaps you are looking for prayer or support and stumbled across our pages, or have an interest in the history and fine architecture of our churches. Whatever your reason, I hope that you find what you are looking for on our site. There are people from across our Diocese ready to assist you, to pray for you, to welcome you, and to show you Christ’s love. If you can’t easily find what you need, please give the friendly staff at our Registry a call.
Yours in Christ, + John Parkes