Catholic Mission

Catholic Mission is the official mission aid agency of the Catholic Church, continuing the mission of Jesus Christ in the world. Catholic Mission reaches out, gives life and calls all people in the world to faith, justice and love.


Compelled by the message, life and love of Jesus Christ, Catholic Mission forms Australians for mission and raises funds to enable the Church be present with and support communities around the developing world and remote Australian dioceses. This ensures dedicated missionaries - religious and lay - are able to: 

  • reach out to care for children
  • provide material and spiritual support for communities in need and
  • provide vital training for seminarians and other young church leaders.

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, which give 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 in France. Pauline's efforts to collect funds and ask for support for missionary priests  was recognized 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.

Contact Us

Mark Toohey

Diocesan Director

Catholic Mission Office
841 Hunter Street
Newcastle West, 2302

0249791141 or 0408020511

Email Mark