Organisations and Groups

Organisations and Groups

Diocesan Committees and Governance


The Council of the Diocese (Bishop in Council) is set up under the ‘Council of the Diocese Act’. Its role is to advise the Bishop in temporal matters and on any other matters such as mission and ministry as the Bishop chooses.

The Synod of the Church is an assembly of the Church members.

In the Anglican Church of Australia, a Synod is made up of elected lay members from parishes, active clergy in the diocese, and other ‘ex officio’ members. A Diocesan Synod generally meets yearly, and discusses and votes on issues that concern the Church such as finances, issues of administration, policies, and church legislation. A Synod is convened by the Bishop, who presides over the gathering.

Each Synod, the Bishop delivers a President’s Address, also called a Synod Charge, which highlights the significant happenings in the Diocese.

Committees elected by the Synod are:
  • Board of Electors (Bishopric) – Six Clergy and Six Laity
  • Board of Nomination (Patronage) – Three Clergy
  • Diocesan Tribunal – Two Clergy and Two Laity
  • Tenure Board – Two Clergy and Two Laity
  • General Synod
The Cathedral Chapter is established by the Cathedral Act of 1972 which confirmed the Church of the Holy Trinity Wangaratta as the Cathedral church of the Diocese.

The functions of the Cathedral Chapter are:

  • To foster the development of the Cathedral as the Mother Church of the Diocese
  • To consult with the Bishop on the filling of any vacancy in the incumbency of the Cathedral Parish
  • To approve the appointment of Clerical and Lay Canons presented by the Bishop
  • To approve any alterations or additions to the fabric and furniture of the Cathedral proposed by the Vestry of the said Cathedral Church
  • To approve any proposals of the Vestry of the said Cathedral Church for the raising of money for the fabric and furniture of the said Cathedral Church, for the expenditure of income from the funds held in for cathedral maintenance
  • To make recommendations to the Bishop, the Bishop-in-Council, the Dean or the Vestry of the said Cathedral Church on any matters concerning the well-being and control of the Cathedral and the management and superintendence of the fabric and furniture thereof.
Wangaratta Diocesan Trustees:
  • The Right Reverend John Parkes,
  • The Honourable Justice Clyde Croft
  • Mr Timothy Williams
  • Mrs Gillian Mallinder
  • Mrs Vivienne Ritchie
  • Mr David Evans
  • The Ven (Emeritus) John Davis

The Social Justice Committee was formed in July 2016. It seeks to raise awareness of and take action on a range of social justice matters. It was established in response to the Diocesan Strategic plan for 2016 to 2020, which identified a need for action on social justice as part of the diocesan mission to serve communities.

The Social Justice committee has a Chairperson (Suzie Don Leonard) and Secretary (the Reverend David Jones). The committee can be contacted via the Registry.

Preparing a Strategic Plan is an exciting time, when people come together to think about the journey ahead of them.  What do we want the future to look like?  How can we make it happen?  What is important to our organisation and our community?

After being developed with much effort and released with much fanfare, the unfortunate fate of some Strategic Plans is to sit on a shelf looking important but not being terribly useful.

The Diocese of Wangaratta was determined from the outset that our current Strategic Plan would be a living document, giving shape to all that we do and given the support necessary to be a reality, not just a collection of printed words.  To achieve this the Strategic Planning Operational Team was formed to oversee implementation of the plan and to provide advice to Diocesan leadership.

The team, affectionately known as SPOT, is made up of people from across the diocese, including clergy, diocesan staff and parish members. It works hand in hand with a number of committees and working groups that bring to life the strategic focus areas. These are:

  • Social Justice Committee
  • Parish Analysis and Development
  • Training
  • Human Resource systems
  • Safe Church
  • Diocesan planning

For more information on SPOT or any of the implementation groups contact The Registry.

Committees elected by the Synod are:
  • Board of Electors (Bishopric) – 6 clergy and 6 Laity
  • Board of Nomination (Patronage) – 3 clergy
  • Diocesan Tribunal – 2 clergy and 2 laity
  • Tenure Board – 2 clergy and 2 laity
  • General Synod
Other Committees:
  • Provincial Council – elected by Bishop in Council
  • Anglican Advocate / Diocesan Communications
  • Retirement Villages Assocation
  • Anglicare Hume

Principal: Justin Beckett
421 Elizabeth Mitchell Drive, Thurgoona NSW 2640
Phone: 02 6049 3400


Principal: Mr Adrian Farrer
Address: 344 Wangaratta-Whitfield Road, Wangaratta VIC 3677
Phone: 03 5722 2144

Principal: Mr Steve Gale
Address: 40-48 Campbell Road, Cobram VIC 3644
Postal Address: PO Box 607, Cobram VIC 3643
Phone: 03 5871 1816

CEO: The Reverend Peter Laurence
The Anglican Schools Commission (Inc.)
PO Box 2520, Mt Claremont WA 6010
Phone: 08  9286 0290

The Diocese of Wangaratta actively supports the mission of the All Saints Anglican School in Samoa.


Address: 710 Cahill Place (PO Box 682), Albury NSW 2640
Phone: 02 6026 0523
Supervisor: Mr D King

Description: Anglican Church; small retirement village with a range of independent accommodation from small studio units through to single bedroom, to two bedroom units. Part time manager, community room and pastoral support.

Address: 15 Bon Street, Alexandra VIC 3714
Phone: 03 5770 2100
CEO: Mrs Donna Walsh

Address: 34 – 40 Powlett Street, Broadford VIC 3658
Phone: 03 5784 2116
Chair: Mrs J Grimwade

Address: 138 Williams Road, Wangaratta VIC 3677
Phone: 03 5721 4214
Chair: Desiree Harker

Supervisor: Mr H Perry
Address: Cnr Butsen & Church Streets
(PO Box 250 Benalla 3672), Yackandandah VIC 3749
Phone: 02 6027 1720

Other Organisations

This information is designed to highlight Anglican and associated ministries within the Anglican Diocese of Wangaratta. If you would like us to include your organisation/ministry here, please contact Fiona Van Bree at the Registry.

ABM is the national mission agency of the Anglican Church of Australia working with overseas and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. “We have a holistic view of God’s mission. We work with Anglican Church partners and others to see lives empowered and transformed spiritually, materially and socially. We help the Anglican Church and the wider community realise and respond to the invitation for all to be a part of God’s hope for the world”.

The President of the Diocesan ABM Auxilliary is Mrs Jayne Jarrad. Contact her via the Registry.

Anglican Board of Mission

The ADF (Anglican Community Development Fund) was established over twenty years ago and in that time has enabled parishes to build shops and halls undertake repairs.

How Does the ADF Work?

Individuals and parish groups invest money with the ADF, against which parishes may borrow. The ADF pays a good return to investors and is fee free. Depositors’ funds remain at call or available at maturity of term to withdraw. The ADF also pays a ‘parish bonus’ to the nominated parish or diocesan group. This is in addition to the interest earned by depositors. Parishes, schools, retirement villages can borrow from the ADF for capital works at a rate which is below commercial borrowing rate of banks. The ADF does not charge any fees to lenders or borrowers. The deposits that are not on loan are in professionally managed ethical investments, term deposits and regular bank accounts. All funds are redeemable and guareenteed by the Trustees of the Diocese. Please inquire for rates.

For more information contact: Julie Torpey Email or Phone: 03 5721 3484 or you can download an application.

 At Anglicare Victoria our focus is on transforming the futures of children and young people, families and adults. Our work is based on three guiding pillars, Prevent, Protect, and Empower. We offer a comprehensive network of services and seek to ensure the provision of high quality services that will bring about significant improvements in the life experience of the young people, children and families/caregivers with whom we work.
Anglicare Victoria

The Agency was formed in 1997 by joining together three of the State’s most experienced child and family welfare agencies: the Mission to St. James and St. John, St John’s Homes for Boys and Girls and the Mission to the Streets and Lanes. These three former agencies had over 260 years’ experience combined in providing care and support services to Victorians in need. In 2014 St Luke’s Anglicare and Anglicare Victoria merged to provide ongoing care and service to those people living in the North, North East and North West of regional Victoria. To this day, we continue to help people overcome their immediate crisis, through a range of direct services which ultimately aim to end the cycle of disadvantage. Each and every year we protect over 80,000 children, young people and families, all across the state, who desperately need help. We’re dedicated to empowering and educating Victorians, to provide them with access to brighter futures and better tomorrows. The services we provide aim to achieve lasting change and include foster care, emergency relief, food and material aid, crisis accommodation, care for children with disabilities, assistance for victims of abuse, violence and neglect, and short-term housing. Our services help families to understand and overcome serious issues such as parenting, mental illness, violence, and drug and alcohol dependence. The core of Anglicare Victoria’s work remains our commitment to providing nurturing homes for children and young people who are not able to live with their families for a range of reasons. We provide a home to more than 340 children and young people each night, and can only achieve this with the support of our dedicated staff and passionate volunteer carers. Through our extensive range of family services programs, we’re working towards stronger, happier Victorian families. Visit the Anglicare Victoria Website

Cursillo is a movement within the Diocese that is focused on the laity and the clergy working together.  Cursillo is a method that helps us consciously live in God’s grace, to bring into our daily lives the feelings of community we can share as Christians, to nourish and equip us so that we may embrace and enjoy the fullness of Christian life. (Quote from leaflet Cursillo – what is it?).

Cursillo is not about new Christians, but for those who have been Christians for a while and are wondering what’s next or what’s new, as we continue in our faith journeys.

Cursillo involves a three-day weekend, same gender, where you have the opportunity to listen to talks given by laity of their personal stories on elements of life e.g., faith, leadership, study and action. There are also good food, good fellowship and some relaxing and refreshing.

The Cursillo weekend experience is only the beginning, as Cursillo provides support and guidance to continue the journey. We do this by linking parishioners into group reunions and holding regular worship services called Ultreya’s.

A group reunion is about reflection (which is open to anyone to attend, not just those who have attended Cursillo) and we use a leaflet outlining three main areas to focus on Piety, Study and Action.

Our Ultreya’s are a relaxed style of worship (still grounded in tradition) where we have a witness talk instead of a sermon and enjoy robust singing. There is also the opportunity to talk and enjoy a meal together.

The Wangaratta Diocese holds Cursillo items on the second Saturday of every month. Odd months are the Secretariat meetings (that try to keep things happening) and even months are Ultreya’s that are held in different venues around the diocese.



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