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

Phil and Jane Bretherton

We met learning piano from the same music teacher, Sr Valerie Donovan (OLSH) when in primary school. We reconnected in year 11 at a school social while at Salesian College Chadstone, and the rest is history. We have been married for 38 years, have 2 adult daughters:Ellen, with husband Tom in Melbourne and Hannah with partner Max presently living in London. We have lived in Melbourne, Bendigo, Wodonga, Baranduda, The Entrance (NSW) and now in Eaglehawk since 2013.

We have enjoyed over four decades of involvement in marriage & family life education and joined our Team 11 in Bendigo in 2014, where we enjoy the support and love of those who value marriage and faith as much as we do.

Regional Counsellor

Fr. Joe Taylor

Fr Joe Taylor

Greetings. I have just celebrated 46 years of priesthood and still enjoy ministry, although I find that I have less energy than I used to!! I enjoy a bit of veggie gardening, reading and movies and I still walk Mausgras, my dog, every morning. I still find myself fascinated by the richness of our Scriptures.  I am finding ministry to be very different today than when I was first ordained. Here at St Brendan’s Parish in Shepparton I am being enriched by the presence of priests and seminarians from overseas. Shepparton is close to my home town of Echuca, and is great place to live.

I have been involved in Teams since the first group started in the diocese in Bendigo in 1976. Teams has spread through Australia and has now started in N.Z. (thanks to Mons Marriott)  Teams is a great movement of the Spirit in which we find great sharing, support and growth for couples and their families.  It is great to belong to a worldwide organisation.


Sectors of the Region

Bendigo Sector

Details to be advised.

Hume Sector

Details to be advised.

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.

(Sadly both John Gill, John O’Donnell & Brian have entered eternal life since this photo was taken.)

Murray Pre – Sector

Details to be advised.


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