Catholic Mission

Catholic Mission

Catholic Mission

Reach out. Give life.

Catholic Mission is the Australian agency of the international Pontifical Mission Societies. In over 160 countries, we continue Jesus Christ’s mission in the world: that all may have life to the full.

We form people for mission and raise funds for mission, both here in Australia and around the world.

Our supporters have helped fund projects in Africa, Asia-Pacific, South America and remote communities of Australia for over 175 years. Their generous contributions have built churches and schools, delivered community health programs, supplied water and sanitation facilities and brought the Good News of the Gospel to some of the most isolated regions of the world.

Here in Australia, we run formation programs for schools and adult groups from various sectors. These include adult education and professional development; school workshops and simulations; immersion programs in developing countries and remote Indigenous communities; and advocacy initiatives focused on children in detention and Australia’s First Peoples, through our partnership with NATSICC.

We welcome you to join us in Christ’s mission. To find out more or to become a partner of Catholic Mission, call us today on 1800 257 296 or visit

World Mission Month

Find out more about World Mission Month on the Catholic Mission website.

Catholic Mission operates in over 160 countries to support initiatives in 1100 dioceses, including remote Australia. Grassroots needs are identified by local community leaders in conjunction with the local priest or bishop. Addressing these needs gives people the opportunity for a full, enriched life − physically and spiritually − regardless of race, stigma, religion or gender.

Catholic Mission continues the mission of Jesus Christ in the world to share faith by:

  • Speaking the Word
  • Caring for people in need and
  • Acting for justice and creation.

Catholic Mission, as it is known in Australia, was founded in 1822 by a single woman named Pauline Jaricot in Lyon, France. Pauline's efforts to collect funds and ask for support for missionary priests was recognised and brought under the authority of the Pope.

For more information regarding the history and societies of Catholic Mission, please view the national Catholic Mission website.

You can also contact Catholic Mission in Maitland-Newcastle Diocese on 4979 1141.


Contact Us Today

Mark Toohey

Diocesan Director

Catholic Mission Office
841 Hunter Street
Newcastle West, 2302

Call (02) 4979 1141

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