Welcome to the Anglican Diocese of Wangaratta.
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
The Diocese of Wangaratta would be nothing without the people that make up our vibrant, welcoming communities and the activities and organisations that bring us together. As well as the parish and church communities, we work in partnership with Anglicare Victoria and the Anglican Board of Mission, are blessed to have three thriving schools under the auspices of the Anglican Schools Commission, have a range of retirement villages and a number of faith based groups operating across the Diocese.
The Anglican Diocese of Wangaratta has zero tolerance for abuse. We believe that all people, including children and vulnerable adults, have the right to be respected and valued and to feel emotionally, physically and spiritually safe at all times. We are committed to providing a safe, respectful, welcoming and positive environment for children and adults from all backgrounds. If you have experienced or suspect abuse you can report it to the Director of Professional Standards on 1800 377 842 (1800 DPSVIC).
The Director of Professional Standards can also be contacted by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at PO Box 337, Canterbury VIC 3126.
The Advocate is the monthly publication for the Diocese of Wangaratta. With Features every month and information on activities and events from across the Diocese, this is a must read for anyone in the Diocese. We welcome submissions and pictures from members of the community. For more information on how to subscribe or contribute, or for the latest and past editions of The Advocate, contact the Registry.
The Bishop’s Registry provides administrative and support services to the
parishes and the various Diocesan bodies and is located at St. John’s Village.
Located at St. John’s Village
138 Williams Road, Wangaratta
PO Box 457, Wangaratta VIC 3676
Phone: 03 5721 3484
Hours: 9.00am to 5.00pm Mon to Fri