The Aboriginal Catholic Ministry in Melbourne is located in Thornbury, Victoria. Recently renovated, the ACM has unique stained glass windows in the chapel which were designed by renowned artist Richard Campbell.


The Chapel, along with the rest of the building is state of the art and includes the latest Audio Visual equipment. The office section is modern and houses volunteers from the various projects that the ACM in Melbourne run from Thornbury.


It is a busy place but is always welcoming to those that visit.

ACM Melbourne: 434 St Georges Rd. Thornbury 3071

Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm

Phone: 03 9480 3849   |   Sherry.Balcombe@cam.org.au


The artwork represents the Aboriginal community all coming together under the Catholic Church, represented by the cross above them. This cross 

Statement of purpose

  • The relief of poverty, suffering, distress, helplessness and cultural deprivation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • To be a network supporting all aspects of educational needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • To assist and encourage authorities including the Catholic Church authorities in their support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the struggle for dignity, justice, equality, self-management, self-determination and other issues affecting them.
  • To educate the wider community, especially the Catholic community, to an understanding of Aboriginal and  Torres Strait Islander peoples, the cultures and the history of Australia.
  • To encourage, assist and develop Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership within the Australian community and also within the Ministry of the Catholic Church; including the provision of spiritual, traditional and pastoral care.
  • To assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to help each other and to cooperate with each other and within the life of the Catholic Church.
  • To promote and celebrate the Catholic identity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by assisting in developing a personal commitment to their faith, cultures and lifestyles.
  • To provide a place of belonging and welcome for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to celebrate their identity and to express their views and concerns to the hierarchy of the Catholic Church.
  • To provide culturally appropriate faith expressions and liturgical celebrations.
  • To provide a place a of healing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who have been affected by  the policies of family separation and the distresses of family violence, alcohol and substance abuse.
  • To liaise with other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and Churches.


Sacramental Ministry - Prepares families for: Baptism, Eucharist, RCIA


Funerals/Memorials - Works closely with the Victorian Aboriginal Funeral Service to comfort families by preparing the booklets, order of service and facilitating the service.


Liturgies - Prepares liturgies that celebrate Aboriginal Rituals and Culture


Mass - Mass is every 3rd Sunday. (Keep an eye on the website for more details).


Liturgical Reflections - Advent, Easter and Lenten reflections are celebrated during the year.


Reconciliation- On a very practical level is practiced within the centre.


Speakers Program - Provides speakers for schools, parish groups, conferences.


Cultural Respect Workshops. - We design workshops for individual groups that address justice issues, history, culture, and spirituality.


Resource Centre - We offer a range of resource materials from audio, visual and reference books. Our team can offer advice on the wide range of talent and resources within the Aboriginal community and can assist on questions of cultural protocols.


Advocacy - We are available for the Aboriginal community to assist where possible in difficult time and situations.


Binnap Partners

Are a group of volunteers that support the operations of the ACM allowing it to extend pastoral care to the Aboriginal Community. For membership contact  Sherry Balcombe 9480 3849


Opening the Doors Foundation

Is an education foundation established by the ACM to support Aboriginal families who are making a choice for a Catholic education for their children. If you want to know more about Opening the Doors Foundation contact the office on 03 9443 9070 or have a  look on the web site for further information www.openingthedoors.org.au


Catholics for Australian Reconciliation

Catholics for Australian Reconciliation (CFAR) is a group of Catholics initially convened by the Melbourne Catholic Archdiocese for Justice, Development and Peace and the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry for Victoria.  This group sees itself as responding to the mandate of Vatican II, which said that the church has ‘always had the duty of scrutinising the signs of the times and of interpreting them in the light of the gospel’. For membership contact  Sherry Balcombe 9480 3849


PROUD RACE is an exciting new initiative which enables schools to record and celebrate the stories of Indigenous Australians on life-size bollards which will be exhibited in venues throughout Australia.


We welcome new members

If you are interested in joining the Binnaps or CFAR please contact the ACM on 03 9480 3849


National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council

'The peak Indigenous advisory body to the Catholic Church'

80C Payneham Rd.

Stepney SA 5069

www.natsicc.org.au   |   craig@natsicc.org.au   | 08 8363 2963


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