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Saturday, 09 May 2015 15:48

Fr Noel Kierce, O.Carm. RIP

NKWeb200With deep sadness the Carmelites of Australia and East Timor announce the death of Whitefriars College Chaplain, Fr Vincent Noel Kierce.

Fr Noel died peacefully in his sleep today. He was 79 years old and had been a Carmelite for 60 years and a priest for 54.

Born in Melbourne in 1935 Fr Noel joined the Carmelites in 1954 and was ordained a priest on 6 January 1961.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 15:20

JPIC Newsletter May 2015


From the Carmelite Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation Commission.

In this issue:

Injustices in politics, the Church & the world
Injustices and environmental concerns
Australia's low level of ambition in clean energy & climate policy

JPIC No 41 May 2015

McGinn200WebAbout 40 Carmelites gathered at Mount Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville NSW for a 3 day symposium on St Teresa of Avila.

Led by Professor Bernard McGinn the friars, nuns, lay and secular Carmelites (OCarm and OCD) journeyed into the richness of Teresa's spiritual teaching.

The sessions began with an insight into the term mysticism and an understanding of the cultural and religious context of 16th century Avila.

Professor McGinn then led us through excerpts of Teresa's Life, the Way of Perfection and the Interior Castle.

Finally, he spoke about Teresa’s perception that contemplation and action are not mutually exclusive. Rather, they are a blending of the 2 dimensions of Christian life: love of God and love of neighbour.


Tuesday, 14 April 2015 17:45

JPIC Newsletter April 2015

JPICNewsletterWeb200x150From the Carmelite Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation Commission.

In this issue:

The Anger of Jesus against injustice
JPIC days this month
Elijah and the signs of God's presence

JPIC No 40 April 2015

LCCong2015Web200Five Australian Lay Carmelites and one Lay Carmelite from New Zealand travelled to Tagaytay City in the Philippines for the 2nd Lay Carmelite Regional Congress held between 18 and 22 March 2015.

Ann Baumber (Wollongong), Carmel Weston (Coorparoo), Paula Newcombe (Jamberoo), Angela Zakarias (National Secretary / Adelaide) and Christine Wade (Moderator/Jamberoo) represented Australia. It was a great joy to be accompanied by Gwenda Gopperth from the fledgling Lay Carmelite group in North Palmerston, New Zealand.

Friday, 06 March 2015 14:37

Canonisation of St Therese's Parents

LMMartinWeb200POPE Francis is expected to canonise Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St Therese of Lisieux, during the world Synod of Bishops on the family in October.

Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, leading a conference on Friday 27 February on the role of saints in the life of the church, announced that ‘thanks be to God, in October two spouses, parents of Saint Therese of Lisieux, will be canonised.’

Monday, 02 March 2015 16:15

JPIC Newsletter March 2015

 JPICNewsletterWeb200x150From the Carmelite Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation Commission.

In this issue:

  • Equality for women is justice for all
  • Prayers for Women across the world
  • Women's Spirituality
  • JPIC days this month

JPIC March 2015

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 11:00

Fr Roque's Mass of Thanksgiving

RoqueMoTW200Fr Roque Soares Da Cruz celebrated his Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday 8 February in the grounds of the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Letefoho.

Fr Roque was ordained priest with Fr Carlito Da Silva in Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Dili on 30 January.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 14:26

Paul Anderson TOC RIP

PaulAndersonWeb200Rockhampton Lay Carmelite, Paul Anderson, was found dead in his home on 22 February. Paul was the founding member of the Lay Carmelite community in Rockhampton in 1986. The community now has 9 members.

Tropical Cyclone Marcia tore down more than 1400 power poles and blacked out most areas in Rockhampton. Paul had severe respiratory problems and was very dependent on air-conditioning. Because the power had failed he was not able to survive the very humid conditions.

Paul was a most sincere, prayerful, contemplative and humble man. His fatherly care for and attention to the others in the community will long outlast his death.

We extend our deepest sympathy to Paul's family, friends and Lay Carmelite community. May he rest in peace.

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