2016 Lay Carmelite Assembly

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The new Lay Carmelite Council consists of (L-R) Fr Paul Gurr, O.Carm (Provincial Delegate), Chris Wade (Moderator, Jamberoo Community), Angela Zakarias (Adelaide Community), Paula Newcombe (Jamberoo
Community) and Gwenda Gopperth (Palmerston North Community, NZ).

Following the recommendation of the Lay Carmelite Assembly held in Jamberoo on 25–28 July, the newly elected/appointed members of the Lay Carmelite Council met for the first time. Fr Paul Gurr (Provincial Delegate), Paula Newcombe (Secretary), Gwenda Gopperth and Angela Zakarias were in attendance. Christine Wade, Moderator, wasn’t able to be present because of illness.

Read more about the new Council in the September issue of The Vine.



On the 25-28 July, the Assembly of Lay Carmelites from Australia and New Zealand was held in Jamberoo. The Assembly was an historic event in that, for the first time, Lay Carmelites were elected to the Council. Previously, these representatives were appointed by the Friars’ Provincial Council. It was also the first time New Zealand was represented.

About 20 participants, representing the Communities of Melbourne, Coorparoo, Palmerston North (New Zealand), Wollongong, Adelaide, Central Coast (New South Wales), Wentworthville, Perth and Jamberoo, attended the Assembly.

Read more about the 2016 Assembly in the September issue of The Vine.


CARMEL IN ASIA - Prospects, opportunities and hopes for inter-faith dialogue

Fr Anthony Scerri, O.Carm, Lay Carmelite Chaplain to Central Coast and Wentworthville, presented a talk to the Lay Carmelite Assembly on his personal experiences whilst serving in Asia.

Read the pdf full text of Fr Anthony's talk here .

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