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Tuesday, 17 March 2020 16:03

Province Centre closes to public

2020COVIDWeb150Fr Paul Cahill (Prior Provincial) has announced the closure of the Carmelite Provincial Centre in Middle Park, together with its associated Fundraising Development, Carmelite Centre and Carmelite Library ministries and that staff will work from home. “We are conscious of supporting our staff as best we can and of helping them to protect their own health and wellbeing and minimising the risks that any of our activities might pose for them or for the people to whom they reach out,” Fr Paul said yesterday. More story & information about Covid-19 from the Australian Government

Monday, 16 March 2020 12:35

A Word of Support from the Prior General

2020MONWeb150On this rare occasion I want to address a word of support to all our members who in one way or another are affected by the continuing spread of Covid-19. Here in the Curia we have heard the instructions of the Italian government and we have done our best to follow all the instructions. This has meant saying to our staff that they should not come to work until further instructions. We have organized our life in such a way that none of us will have people coming to the house and no one will leave the house until the ban is lifted, except for emergencies and essential services. We recognize the sacrifice that this entails, but we feel that we have to allow ourselves to be guided by the advice of the experts. Read more

Saturday, 14 March 2020 12:33

Third Sunday of Lent

samaritanwoman01 150The first of the three ‘great Gospels’ of Lent is ours this weekend: the encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman.

In the company of a Samaritan woman, our thirst is quenched with water from a well that never runs dry.

Saturday, 07 March 2020 17:07

Second Sunday of Lent

transfiguration20 150The Gospel of the Transfiguration completes the ‘little parable’ which begins Lent. The Gospels of the first two Sundays describe what Lent is about and what Christian life is about: a constant journey from temptation and doubt to transfiguration and faith; a journey away from allowing ourselves to be tempted to evil and towards allowing ourselves to be tempted to good by the action of God’s Holy Spirit within us.

Thursday, 05 March 2020 15:24

Indian Commissariat holds first Chapter

2020ICCWeb150Fr Anthony Scerri represented the Carmelites of Australia & Timor-Leste at the first Chapter of the General Commissariat of India. Fr Anthony was instrumental in helping to establish the Commissariat during his time as a General Councillor. From a small group of Carmelites, the Commissariat now has 30 Solemnly Professed members and 36 in various stages of formation.

The Commissariat, located in Kerala, is part of our Asia-Australia-Oceania Region of the Order. More photos

Thursday, 05 March 2020 14:09

St Thérèse visits Wentworthville

2020RWWeb150“Sainthood doesn’t exist in people doing extraordinary things, but living ordinary lives with extraordinary spirit”, Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, Bishop of Parramatta, said during Mass at the Carmelite parish of Wentworthville (NSW). The mass was celebrated at the end of a day of veneration of the Relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux and her parents, Sts Louis and Zélie Martin. After Mass the Relics were taken to St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta overnight. More photos

Thursday, 05 March 2020 12:10

Contemplation & Millennial Challenges

2020FMLCCWeb150Carmelites must not be afraid to encounter the new and emerging technologies of the millennial age. Rather, they should bring the gift of contemplation into dialogue with the signs of the times so that they can listen together to the Holy Spirit. The final message from the 4th International Congress of Carmelite Laity calls on older Carmelites to accompany young people with confidence and trust. The joy of the Gospel should be evident among those called to live in the presence of the Lord. We need to be optimistic, not afraid. More story & photos | pdf Read the Final Message (292 KB)

Saturday, 29 February 2020 19:22

First Sunday of Lent

biblehope 150Our great Lenten journey has begun! It’s a journey which begins in ash and ends in water. Fire is a profound part of our national experience. We know its power to destroy, blacken and reduce to ash. We know that evil can do the same - destroy our wholeness of spirit, blacken our lives and reduce the beauty of human life to so much ash.

Saturday, 29 February 2020 10:37

Lectio Divina for March

LDWeb150You can download and save the scripture texts, reflections and prayers for Lectio Divina for each day of this month. Lectio Divina is a traditional way of praying the Scriptures. Visit our Lectio Divina page for more information about how to pray using Lectio Divina.

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Thursday, 27 February 2020 10:40

Climate Science - it's Gospel!

JPIC95When the grief, sadness and anger about where we are today on this earth becomes overwhelming, there is often a felt need to turn to poetry and prayer to remind us of what was, and what could be. To remind us of how we can be - in community - together, with love, justice, and compassion.  In our JPIC March newsletter Peter Thomas of the JPIC team reflects on the many concerns we all are feeling at this time, using poetry and Laudato Si.

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