The History of Villa Maria Catholic Homes

On July 1, 2015, Villa Maria Catholic Homes was born.  Two very similar Catholic, values based, not-for-profit organisations merged to provide a stronger, more diverse range of services to meet the needs of older people, children and adults with disabilities, their families and carers, in a variety of ways.

Of particular interest is that both organisations were created by ordinary people who saw a need and sought ways to meet them.

The decision to merge has seen two thriving organisations build on their respective, significant histories and develop and expand their diverse services. Today, Villa Maria Catholic Homes is a values-based, not-for-profit organisation providing residential aged care, affordable housing options, retirement living, senior, disability and education services to more than 6,500 people across Victoria and southern New South Wales.

We are committed to working in partnership with people of all ages and abilities to help them achieve their individual goals and dreams, remain connected to their communities and enjoy their independence.

As an agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, our values including respect, compassion and inclusion guide us to deliver the highest quality services to older people, children and adults with disabilities, their families and carers of all faiths and backgrounds.

A more detailed history of Villa Maria (PDF)  

A more detailed history of Catholic Homes (PDF)


A Eucharistic celebration in honour of the merger of Villa Maria and Catholic Homes was held at St Patrick’s Cathedral on September 1, 2015. The presence of close to 800 people, His Grace Archbishop Hart presiding, the impressive number of co-celebrants and the procession into the cathedral comprising people representing all of our services and sites, made the Mass truly special for all who attended