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Tuesday, 14 January 2020 10:42

Carmelite connections to PNG martyr

2020PTRWeb150Carmelite, Fr Paul Sireh, chaplain to the Australian PNG Catholic Community, says that a new chapel dedicated to Blessed Peter To Rot will open on 17 January. PNG Cardinal John Ribat will fly from Port Moresby to lead the celebration at the chapel in Marian Valley, in the Gold Coast Hinterland, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of Blessed Peter's beatification.

Blessed Peter was a martyr and lay catechist who was entrusted with a PNG parish during World War II when Japan occupied the region. He stood up for religious values in the face of oppression and held secret services under the imperial rule. More story

Monday, 13 January 2020 15:11

Congratulations, Fr Pat!

2020CFPWeb150Today Fr Pat Harney celebrates the 68th anniversary of his ordination as a priest. Over the years, Pat has worked all over Australia and in New Zealand, in Carmelite and Diocesan parishes and hospitals. "I've been everywhere, man!" he loves to quote from the famous song, when asked about his many places of ministry. Pat is also the oldest Carmelite Friar in the world and in March will celebrate his 99th Birthday! Congratulations, Pat! More photos

Thursday, 09 January 2020 11:06

St Andrew Corsini, Carmelite

2020ACWeb150Feast Day: 9 January

Andrew was born into nobility, a member of the powerful Corsini family of Florence, and was one of 12 children. He joined the Carmelite community at the Carmine on the southern bank of the Arno sometime before the year 1338. This community was known for its sanctity and regular observance amidst a more tumultuous environment of religious life in the early Renaissance period. After completing his studies in Florence he was teacher of the younger students in the community. More story

Wednesday, 08 January 2020 10:37

St Peter Thomas, Carmelite

2020PTWeb150Feast Day: 8 January

Peter Thomas was born into a poor peasant family in the southern Périgord region in France. His piety and skill as a teacher attracted the attention of the Carmelite prior of Bergérac, who invited him to join the Carmelite community there at age twenty-one. He taught in various houses of study until he was sent to University in Paris for advanced scholarship. While his studies were still in progress he was elected by the Order as its procurator general to the Papal Court at Avignon in 1345. More story

Tuesday, 07 January 2020 13:56

Pray for Australia

prayforaustralia01 150Please join in saying this prayer daily for the safety and survival of all people, wild life and property affected by fire 

Prayer for Our People and Our Nation

I lift up my eyes to the hills – from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. (Ps 121)

Wednesday, 01 January 2020 11:39

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year from the Carmelites of Australia and Timor-Leste!
New Year's Day is also the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.
May the New Year be filled with an ever deeper awareness of God's presence around us and in us.
May Mary accompany us with wisdom and love on our journey into God’s heart.

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