Introducing Bishop Tomlinson

bishoptomlinsonI am very humbled by the confidence that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and his advisers have shown in me, by appointing me as Bishop of Sandhurst. I am greatly delighted to accept this appointment.

Having been born and brought up in Mildura, just north of the Sandhurst Diocese, I am no stranger to country life. In reflecting on over almost forty years of my Priesthood, I believe that the richest and most fulfilling aspect of my ministry has been my work as a pastor. I look forward to being bishop and pastor of the clergy and people of the Diocese of Sandhurst.

Just over twelve months ago we were all deeply saddened by the sudden and untimely death of my predecessor, Bishop Joe Grech. Bishop Joe’s gifts to Sandhurst were many, but significantly amongst them was his unmistakable enthusiasm for and deep commitment to the Lord Jesus. As each of us is different, I pray that I can make my contribution to the Diocese through my gifts, to further build the life of Christ in the Sandhurst Diocese.

I am looking forward very much to the move to Bendigo, becoming part of the Church there and fulfilling my role of leadership as Bishop, Teacher and Pastor of the Diocese of Sandhurst.


Psalms and readings from the Liturgy of the Hours, and Mass readings.

Upcoming Events

30 Nov

Ethics and Catholic teaching in relation to End of Life,including Palliative Care, Advanced Care Planning and the Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017. SrCarol is a Sister of Mercy, practising medical doctor and author of “When Lifeis Ending…” (

ALL WELCOME. Special interest for families, friends &parishioners supporting others, Palliative, Medical,Pastoral & Spiritual Care professionals. 

Lunch: provided(optional donation). 

Bookings by Friday 22nd Nov 2019 OR Lyn Breen, Adult Faith EdSandhurst E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Ph: 03 5441 2544.