Affiliation with the Catholic Church

Sacred Heart Mission is an example of the Catholic Church in action.

Sacred Heart Mission was established in 1982 by the local parish priest and a group of parishioners from the Sacred Heart Church in St Kilda West, responding to the needs of the St Kilda community, by providing a meal and companionship.

Since then, we have become an independent incorporated entity governed by a volunteer Board, with the purpose of providing support, care and nurturing to alleviate and prevent homelessness, poverty and social isolation regardless of race, religion, sex, or age. We treat all members of our community with empathy and compassion – everyone is welcome at our table.

In accordance with Sacred Heart Mission’s Rules of Association (also known as a constitution), a delegate of the Episcopal Vicar of Social Services is appointed to the Board of Sacred Heart Mission. Currently, this role is held by Greg Evans. The Parish Priest, Father John Petrulis, is also a member of the Board.

Sacred Heart Mission is an example of the Catholic Church in action and the rich tradition of Catholic Social Teaching on confronting poverty, enhancing human dignity and advocating for a more just society.

As part of our advocacy work, we are members of a range of organisations and networks, including Catholic Social Services Victoria.