Serving those who serve the Nation

Serving those who serve the Nation

Year of Youth 2018
The Australian Bishops have identified the liturgical year of 2018, beginning on the first Sunday of Advent (3rd December 2017), as a national Year of Youth. The Year of Youth invites the Church into prayerful...
Chapels
Our Diocese is spread out all of over the country with Chapels located in each State, served by dedicated Chaplains.   More information to come.
Serving Faithfully
Serving Faithfully - April 2017 - Issue 26  This Issue contains articles on the following: The Cross of Anzac - Hope for Life The Anzac Book Anzac Memorial A Soldier’s Diary – No 36 Sergeant...
Our Stories
Stories of faith, hope and love - our stories shape us and make us who we are. These stories speak of faith and deep humanity, valour and comradeship forged within the evils of war.
Anzac Day 2017 Homily
Anzac Day 2017 Homily
Homily - National Anzac Day Mass St Christopher’s Cathedral, Forrest ACT - 25th April 2017 Rev Monsignor Peter J. O’Keefe AM VG, Catholic Diocese of...
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The Anzac Book
The Anzac Book
The Anzac Book was an instant success when it was released in 1916. It was an anthology of poems, stories, colour illustrations and cartoons. It...
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Easter Message 2017
Easter Message 2017
The Cross of Anzac — Hope for Life This year 2017 we celebrate two memorials within a relatively few days: Good Friday and Anzac Day....
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Welcome to the Catholic Military Ordinariate of Australia

This is the Catholic Diocese of the Australian Defence Force which has been charged with the pastoral care of the uniformed members of Australia’s Navy, Army and Air Force, their families and of the civilians employed by the Department of Defence

Whether you are seeking specific information or just browsing we are delighted to have you visit us.

The Diocese is not all that large in terms of numbers of people but our people are involved in a vocation, which is most important. Our Chaplains, both full-time and part-time, serve wherever our people are serving whether in war or peace, at home in various parts of Australia or overseas.

As the Catholic Diocese of the ADF, we live in the world and relate to the world. As a Diocese we uphold the way of life, traditions and mores of our society and Church in relation to behavior, family life, marriage and social justice.

This Diocese is deeply committed to providing pastoral care to all members of the Australian Defence Force and their families wherever they may be.

Please enjoy your visit. Every blessing.

Our Stories

Stories of faith, hope and love - our stories shape us and make us who we are.
The Anzac Book
The Anzac Book
The Anzac Book was an instant success when it was released in 1916. It was an anthology of poems, stories, colour illustrations and cartoons. It...
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Borneo Campaign 70th Anniversary
Borneo Campaign 70th Anniversary
In the dying days of World War II one large island still remained in control of an invading aggressive Imperial Japanese military – Borneo. Among...
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ANZAC Day – the Centenary of ANZAC
ANZAC Day – the Centenary of ANZAC
THE ANZAC EVENT THROUGH EYES OF FAITH ANZAC Day is a poignant and meaningful commemoration for so many Australian, ever more so this 2015 -...
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Chaplain Sees Timor Horror
(An article from the "Frankston Standard", December 20, 1999. NB. The journalist is a Jehovah's Witness and didn't like the title "Fr" , hence only...
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From the Governor General

Just as so many Australians draw strength and inspiration from the members of our Defence Force, many of them draw support and pastoral care from the Catholic Military Diocese.  I commend the work of the Catholic Military Diocese and their efforts to contribute to the overall health and wellbeing of Australian servicemen and women through faith.

His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd),
Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia