About Us

The Parishes of Camberwell, Balwyn & Deepdene

Deepdene Madonna

The Parishes of Camberwell, Balwyn & Deepdene are two Catholic Parishes within the Archdiocese of Melbourne. 

  1. Our Lady of Good Counsel (OLGC) and All Hallows constitute one parish, established via an amalgamation in 2012.
  2. Our Lady of Victories (OLV) Parish, Camberwell is our ‘partnered’ parish. This partnership took effect in 2016.

The two parishes comprise close to 3620 families or households who identify as Catholic (National Centre for Pastoral Research).  They worship at three churches – Our Lady of Victories Basilica in Camberwell, Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Deepdene and All Hallows Church in Balwyn.

Our Parish Priest is Father Brendan Reed. Fr Trac Nguyen is our Assistant Priest. Both priests reside at the OLV Presbytery in Camberwell.

There is one administration for the two parishes. The Parish Office is located at 19 Brenbeal Street Balwyn.

There is Catholic Primary School (Our Lady of Good Counsel School, Deepdene). The retirement village (Barnsbury Deepdene) is owned by the Parish of Deepdene & Balwyn and is managed by Villa Maria Catholic Homes.

Parish Missions
A framework of five key missions provides the scaffolding for our parishes’ staffing structures, resource allocations, pastoral programs and strategic priorities. Whilst the nomenclature of some missions differs slightly across the two parishes, the intent and focus of the missions unite both parish communities in achieving their vision and mission.

The five missions:

  • Education and Faith Formation
  • Liturgical and Spiritual Life
  • Outreach and Partnerships
  • Community Engagement
  • Stewardship

Visit the Parish website to find out more.


​Fr Brendan Reed, Parish Priest

Fr Brendan is responsible for the effective management, stewardship and spiritual guidance and direction of the parishes and parishioners. Father Brendan also ensures the successful implementation of both parishes’ Strategic Plans, ensuring that the processes for consultation are adhered to and that the outcomes serve the good of all.

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