Slovenian Catholic Mission of St. Cyril And Methodius

Slovenski Misijon Svetega Cirila in Metoda

The religious centre is first and foremost the work of Fr. Basilij Valentin who arrived in Melbourne in 1956.
It is today a complex consisting of:

  • a religious centre (church and pastoral work in Victoria and Tasmania)
  • cultural centre (the magazine Misli, publication of books and school books, Baraga Library and bookshop, archives, national costumes, programs, exhibitions)
  • social care centre ( Mother Romana Home for the Aged, Baraga Hostel, St. Ema Association)
  • educational centre (Slomšek school, course for adults)

The Church of SS. Cyril and  Methodius was the first Slovenian church in Australia. The founding stone was laid by Melbourne bishop James R. Knox on 21 June 1968 and blessed by the bishop of Koper  Dr. Janez Jenko on 20 October. The mosaic of St.Cyril and Methodius is the work Slovenian artist France Benko.
The church hall is used for social and cultural gatherings, and events.

SS, Cyril and Methodius Slovenian Mission
Baraga House
19 A’ Beckett Street, Kew, VIC 3101
Phone +61 3 9853 7787
Fax +61 3 9853 6176
Mob 0412 555 840
Manager: Fr. Ciril Božič, OFM



Aleksandra Ceferin

Aleksandra Ceferin (M.A., B.A., Dip.Ed.) has introduced Slovenian language as a school subject in Australian school system and founded the Slovenian Teachers' Association of Victoria in 1976. She has extensive experience in language education: as teacher, lecturer, curriculum coordinator, course writer, language consultant and manager, VCE State Reviewer and Chief Examiner. Since 1998 she has been the President of ISSV and the manager and chief editor of its projects. Aleksandra visits Slovenian annually, establishing and maintaining contacts with Slovenia, and initiating exchanges and cooperation between organizations. In 2004 she was the recipient of the National Education Award of RS Slovenia.