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FernandoWeb200X150Dear brothers and sisters of the Carmelite family,
The feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is approaching and, like every year, I want to send you an affectionate greeting with my most sincere congratulations. I hope that the feast and all the celebrations of these days will be an occasion to honour Mary under this title so popular and so dear to all of us Carmelites.
May these celebrations touch our hearts, inspire our living of the charism, and transform our lives so that we become more and more faithful to the values of the Gospel.

Thursday, 06 July 2017 16:46

Celebrating 50,000 Facebook followers!

2017FTFLWeb200Our Facebook page recently passed 50,000 followers! We have nearly 14,000 followers from Timor-Leste. 61% of our fans are male and most followers are between 18-24 years old. A number of our posts have gone viral, one reaching over 375,000 users. Our Facebook user interaction and reach reveals that there is a real thirst for people seeking spiritual inspiration and encouragement. Join us on social media @CarmelitesAET as we begin the Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel ahead of her feast day on 16 July. We will be sharing the novena on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram.

Thursday, 06 July 2017 11:21

Mothers' Mass & Novena of Prayer 2017

LaBrunaWeb200X150You are warmly invited to join us in celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Sunday 16 July at the National Shrine and to join with us in the Novena of Prayer on the 9 days before the feast.

Making a novena (from the Latin for nine) has a long tradition in the Church. Typically, it means nine successive days of prayer. Each year, on the nine days before the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (7-15 July) Carmelites offer their prayers for those in need.

  pdf Download the Novena Prayers (482 KB)

Friday, 30 June 2017 16:24

JPIC Newsletter for July

JPIC66Web200In July we join Indigenous First Nation Peoples to celebrate NAIDOC Week, reflecting on their gift to us.

It is essential to show special care for indigenous communities and their cultural traditions. For them, land is not a commodity but rather a gift from God and from their ancestors who rest there, a sacred space with which they need to interact if they are to maintain their identity and values. Laudato Si - Para 146

Read this issue | Visit our JPIC page

Thursday, 29 June 2017 15:43

Award honours Lay Carmelite Pioneer

2017JDAWeb200A new award from the Archdiocese of Sydney honours Lay Carmelite pioneer James Dempsey. Together with fellow Carmelite Tertiary, John Butler, Dempsey was virtually the centre of Catholic life from 1810-1820 when there were no priests in the fledgling colony.

The medal is awarded to recognise people who have made an outstanding contribution in the context of their local parish. It will be presented for the first time on Sunday 16 July, the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, in St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney.

Sunday, 25 June 2017 16:07

Br Matthew renews his vows

2017MTRVWeb200Br Matthew Tonini renewed his vows as a Carmelite during Evening Prayer in the Carmelite community, Middle Park (VIC) on Thursday 22 June. Fr Paul Cahill (Prior Provincial) received Matthew's vows.

Following the novitiate, Carmelites in formation take their religious vows initially for 3 years and renew them annually until their Solemn Profession (life commitment).

We congratulate Matthew on taking this further step on his Carmelite journey. See more photos

2017TSJCWeb200Gabrielle Fogarty, Chair of the Carmelite Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation Commission, last week joined the Timor Sean Convergence held in Canberra.

'It was a privilege and an eye opener to meet some of these intrepid advocates for East Timor,' she said.

You can read the full story here

Friday, 16 June 2017 14:02

Two Carmelites to be Ordained

2017OJPWeb200With thanks to God the Carmelites of Australia & Timor-Leste announce that Brs Januario Pinto and Pedro Amaral will be ordained priests on 29 July in Luro, Timor-Leste. Bishop Basilio do Nascimento will celebrate the Ordination Mass and Januario and Pedro will celebrate Masses of Thanksgiving the following day. As Deacons, Januario has been ministering in Port Melbourne/Middle Park Parish (VIC) and Pedro in Maubisse Parish (T-L). We congratulate Januario and Pedro and accompany them with our prayerful support as they prepare for ordination.

Monday, 12 June 2017 11:24

Carmelites active in Justice & Peace

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CFTEWeb200June 18 marks the second anniversary of the release of Laudato Si’, On Care for Our Common Home. Leaders of all major religions stood shoulder to shoulder with Pope Francis as he announced his encyclical. One world leader stands alone in his ignorance regarding climate change, Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States.

Carmelites, Jane Remson and Eduardo Scarel, from the Carmelite NGO tackle Mr Trump on Climate Change and his withdrawal from the Paris Accord. pdf Read their statement. (101 KB)

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