Bendigo campus services

The Chaplaincy team at Bendigo are a unique multifaith team, who offer a welcoming Drop In Centre for students and staff on campus regardless of age, culture or religious background. The chaplaincy team, working in collaboration with the Student Support Services staff, endeavour to provide:

  • Pastoral and spiritual care, friendship, encouragement and practical assistance;
  • Support to students and staff in times of grief or personal crisis;
  • Welcome and support for both international students and those from beyond Bendigo;
  • Opportunities to explore religious, spiritual and personal issues, either individually or in groups;
  • Opportunities to network with the local community;
  • Religious Services and provision for Interfaith Forums;
  • Religious resources for student and staff groups (e.g. music and books).

Groups and activities

The Chaplaincy team supports the activities of various campus groups. Details are on the noticeboard at the Centre. The Chaplaincy has a Free Food Pantry to help students, with food donated by members of the Bendigo Community. The Centre also offers a supply of beverages and biscuits, a microwave, fridge and freezer.

Drop In Centre

The Drop In Centre is located across the corridor from Residential Services in the Student Services Centre. The Drop In Centre is open Mondays to Thursday from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm, Friday by appointment.

T: (03) 5444 7939 or (03) 5444 7223
E:BendigoChaplains@latrobe.edu.au

Multifaith Prayer Room
The multifaith prayer room offers a quiet place for reflection and caters for all faiths. It is located opposite the Student Support Area.

Muslim Prayer Room
The Muslim Prayer Room is now located opposite the Student Support Area, next door to the multifaith prayer room. It is accessible to students 24/7 (after hours access is via Campus Security).

Connecting with student clubs

Bendigo Student Association include a number of student clubs that are associated with a faith group, such as the La Trobe University Islamic Society and the Christian Union.

Chaplaincy team

    Patricia Blanks

    Patricia enjoys interacting with people from all walks of life, and assisting people who have been through loss or grief.Born in Zimbabwe, Patricia moved to Australia when she was young. She holds several post-graduate qualifications in Theology and Pastoral Care. Patricia is currently involved with the Victorian Council of Churches Emergency Services. She enjoys camping in the outback, as well as music, gardening, and badminton. Patricia enjoys interacting with people from all walks of life, and assisting people who have been through loss or grief.

    E: p.blanks@latrobe.edu.au

    Howard Beard

    Howard has held the position of Pastor in various parishes, including the last two years as Pastor at Bendigo Lutheran Parish.After completing his schooling in Laverton, Howard went on to study at Newcastle University, and a Christian organisation called Cornerstone. He completed a Bachelor of Theology and Graduate Diploma in Ministry at Luther Seminary. Since then Howard has held the position of Pastor in various parishes, including the last two years as Pastor at Bendigo Lutheran Parish.

    E: h.beard@latrobe.edu.au

    Steve Blyth

    teve is a Christian chaplain who works with the Bendigo Christian Union.Holding a Bachelor of Divinity at Moore Theological College, Steve is a Christian chaplain who works with the Bendigo Christian Union. He loves to help people see and understand the greatness of Jesus as revealed in the Bible. Steve is married to Laura and has three great children – Josie, Harry and Georgia. He enjoys all things motorbikes, farming and coffee.

    E: s.blyth@latrobe.edu.au

    John Bovaird

    John is also a member of the Gideon’s International, Prison Fellowship Victoria and the Victorian Council of Churches Emergency MinistryBorn in Melbourne and baptised at St Andrew’s Church of England in Clifton Hill, John made his first commitment to Christ at his confirmation when he was 18 years old. Married at St Luke’s Anglican Church in White Hills, he now has two children, a son and a daughter. Currently a communicant member of the Parish of Christ’s True Light Church in East Bendigo, John is also a member of the Gideon’s International, Prison Fellowship Victoria and the Victorian Council of Churches Emergency Ministry

    E: j.bovaird@latrobe.edu.au

    Simon Chan

    My passion is to find meaning and value in life and this world will be a better place… a simple passion for a fulfilling life.

    “I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” (Eccl. 1:14)

    E: K.Chan2@latrobe.edu.au

    Brian Stanmore

    A retired engineer, Brian has enjoyed a career in both industry and academiaA retired engineer, Brian has enjoyed a career in both industry and academia, focussing on the interaction between energy generation and the environment. Renewable energy systems are his current interest. Brian also holds a Bachelor of Divinity

    E: b.stanmore@latrobe.edu.au

    Sandra Tunley

    Sandy facilitates a women’s group exploring self-esteem and confidence.Holding a Bachelor of Arts, two Graduate Diplomas and a PhD, Sandra has retired from a career as a psychology lecturer. Sandy has also worked in private practice with those attempting to resolve relationship concerns, including parents, carers and those with disabilities. She currently facilitates a women’s group exploring self-esteem and confidence. Sandy enjoys reading and discussing both light and challenging literature. She loves cooking with her husband, and enjoys nothing more than addressing ‘real’ issues with honest and humorous discussion.

    E: s.tunleycooper@latrobe.edu.au