Victoria West

The Victoria West Region

The Teams movement provides a rich source of spiritual energy and provides support for married couples.  The first teams in rural Victoria began in Bendigo in 1976, in the early 1980’s the movement began to expand and additional Teams in Wangaratta and Wodonga were formed.   Teams are now operating throughout the Victoria West Sector in the areas of Bendigo, Ararat, Colac, Wodonga, Wangaratta, Shepparton, Kerang and Echuca/Moama.


Regional Couple

Christine and John Haddrick

Christine and John Haddrick live in Wangaratta and have been married for 30 years we have 3 adult children. We have been a member of Team 2 Wangaratta for 12 years. We love what Teams has done to enrich our marriage and are thankful for the friends we have made in the wider movement.


Regional Counsellor

Fr Andrew Fewings

Fr Andrew FEWINGSBorn in Bendigo and educated at St Therese’s Kennington and Marist Brothers College, Bendigo. Entered Corpus Christi College Seminary in 1973 and ordained a priest of the Sandhurst Diocese on 15 August 1980 Appointed assistant priest at Myrtleford, Bendigo and Shepparton and Parish Priest Euroa, Benalla and Kennington. Did post-graduates studies at Catholic University of America in Liturgical Studies. Returned to the Diocese and appointed Director of Religious Education in the Diocese of Sandhurst. Over the years served in various positions on Australian Catholic Society of Marriage Education, Diocesan Liturgical Commission, Sandhurst School Education Board, Mission to Priests Team, Diocesan Consultors and Sandhurst Council of Priests.

I began in Teams in 1983 in Bendigo and also been Team’s Chaplain (now titled Spiritual Adviser) in Washington DC USA, Shepparton and now again in Bendigo. I attended the Teams International Gatherings in Santiago de Compostela in 2000 and Lourdes in 2006. I also served on the Satellite Team on Mission and Expansion, and the Oceania Super-Regional Team and attended Teams College meetings in Santiago, Rio de Janeiro, Paris and Lourdes. I find in Teams a great spiritual and personal enrichment and both at home and travelling internationally great friendships and hospitality (one a Teams Endeavour). I continue to gain a broad and deep understanding of marriage and family life, prayer and a concrete expression of the church as lived out in married couples.

Contact details:


Sectors of the Region

Bendigo Sector

Bendigo, Ararat, and Kerang

19 Teams

Sector Team – Kerri and Frank Egan (Sector Couple), Margaret and Rod Flavell, Mary and Paul Tarquinio, Frances and John Whelan, Georgina and Brent Burns

Hume Sector

Albury, Wodonga and Wangaratta

8 Teams

Sector Team – Des and Maureen Lonergan (Sector Couple), John and Lorriane Wells, John and Diane Mahoney

Former Sector and Regional couple celebrate 50 years of marriage!

(L-R) Irene Dunstan, Loretta and Brian Gilcrist, Lorranine and John Gill, Marg O’Donnell (sitting) and John O’Donnell.

(John sadly, passed away, 3 August 2013. R.I.P)

Murray Pre – Sector


3 Teams

Sector Couple – Alison and Graeme Castles

Notification of Membership Changes / Additions

It is important to keep an accurate record of membership details.

Responsible couples are encouraged to notify the Sector Couple / Team when any of the following changes may occur in their team

  • change of addresses
  • change to a phone and email contact
  • a couple leaves a team
  • a new couple joins a team

The Membership Registrar can be contacted at the following address:

Resources for Sector Teams

Study Topics

A list of study topics produced by Teams is available from here

The Sandhurst Diocesan Resource Centre, McRae Street Bendigo, provides an excellent resource for Study Topics.  Fellow Team member Angela Allen is a librarian at the Centre and is always happy to assist with enquiries. Contact Angela Allen – Telephone (03) 5442 6108  or Email –

Retreat Venues

Bendigo Sector

(Non Accomodation)

Catholic College, Bendigo
St Kilian’s Parish Centre, Hargreaves St, Bendigo
Centacare, Bendigo
St Joseph’s Primary School Meeting Room, Bendigo

Sacred Heart Cathedral Hall, Bendigo

Heathcote Country Lodge, Central Victoria. 5 Double/twin Bedrooms + 2 double /twin rooms in the Unit which is within the building. Numerous lounge rooms and large Dining room which will seat 20.

Quiet areas are available for breakaway groups, privacy and quietness.

Areas for workshop activities.  Catering can be organised or self-catering facilities are available – full kitchen or BBQ.


Murray Sector  

Wimbi River resort, Moama – s/c units     (03) 5482 3044
Morning Glory, Barmah – s/c units              (03) 5863 3357

Hume Sector  

Feathertop Chalet, Harrietville                  (03) 5759 2688

(Arrange own facilitator)
Accommodation, 2 meals/day provided
Bush walks, conference room, pool, tennis, squash

Overdale Retreat Centre                          (02) 6298 4525

(Little Company of Mary)                         Fax (02) 6298 4536
Accommodation, full or self catering
28 kms n/e of Wagga Wagga NSW

Retreat Centres,  Melbourne   

Campion Centre, Kew                             (03) 9853 8641
Pallotti College, Miligrove                        (03) 5966 2585
Holy Cross Centre, Templestowe             (03) 9846 6014
Whitefriars Park, Donvale                        (03) 9874 4877
St Paul’s Missionary College, Wantirna    (03) 9801 1763
Edmund Rice Centre, Lower Plenty         (03) 9439 8282
Franciscan Retreat Centre, Guildford       (5476 426303)
Rosebank House, Essendon                         (03) 9374 3025

Other regions

Good Samaritan Centre, Coragulac          (03) 5233 1292
Redemptorist Retreat Centre, Ballarat      (03) 5339 6050

The Lodge, Daylesford – 6 b/r house         (03) 5348 1255
The Manor, Daylesford – 6 b/r house        (03) 5348 3253
Christian Brothers, Barwon Heads House – lots of beds   (03) 5254 2240