We acknowledge the Yalukit Willam Clan, the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which our parish stands. We pay our respects to them. May we walk gently here.

Welcome to the Parish of St Joseph’s, Port Melbourne and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Middle Park.

Our 2 bayside Churches are located just a few kilometres from the city of Melbourne and are served by the members of the Carmelite Order.

As you browse through this site, we hope that you will find what you need and if you are visiting this part of the world, please know that you are more than welcome.

We are one community which serves a range of people from Fishermen’s Bend to the borders of the Parish of Elwood/St Kilda West. It is great part of the world in which to live.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at parish@sj-mc.org.au.

Again, you are most welcome.


On 2 December 2022, the Carmelites were notified of an allegation of sexual abuse by Fr Hugh Brown O.Carm, whilst at Whitefriars College in the mid-1990s. Fr Brown has consistently denied the allegation.

In line with Archdiocesan protocols, Fr Brown was immediately stood down from public ministry while police conducted an investigation, which concluded with no charges filed.

A subsequent independent civil investigation found the allegation unsubstantiated.

Based on these external inquiries and all available material, the Provincial Council has determined to return Fr Brown to public ministry.  

The Carmelites acknowledge the significant impact of childhood sexual abuse on victim survivors and their families and encourages anyone affected to contact the police.

Fr Bruce Clark O.Carm
Prior Provincial
24 MAY 2024

2024 Children's Sacramental Program Forms

The Parish of Port Melbourne and Middle Park is committed to the safety, wellbeing and dignity of all children, young people and vulnerable adults.

St Joseph's Church
cnr Rouse and Stoke Streets
Port Melbourne
Mon, Wed, Fri 9am
Sunday 9am
Children welcome at all Masses

Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church
Cnr Richardson & Wright Streets
Middle Park
Tue, Thu, Sat 9am
Saturday (Vigil) 5pm
Sunday 10.30am
Children welcome at all Masses


The Carmelite Parish Office is currently open Tuesday and Wednesday between 9.00am and 4.00pm and Friday between 9.00am and 12.00pm (except public holidays). The Parish Office is closed on Monday and Thursday. The Parish Office phone number is 9681 9600. If we can’t answer at the time, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible. You can email any other enquiries to parish@sj-mc.org.au and once again, we will get back to you as soon as possible. The After Hours emergency number is 0419 136 030.