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Wednesday, 26 February 2020 16:35

Ecological Conversion

2020ECWeb150“Ecological Conversion” is a small book of 37 brief reflections written by Carmelite, Eduardo Agosta Scarel, and published by the Carmelite NGO at the UN. It offers some reflections to encourage us to take an active care for the environment, the earth, our common home.

The reflections start from the contribution of science, some key texts of the Bible, and the “ecological” theology present in the teachings of the recent popes of the Church, from Paul VI to Francis.

Download free from the Apple Store | Download pdf PDF version (3.88 MB)

Wednesday, 26 February 2020 10:58

Laudato Sí in Timor-Leste

2020LSITLWeb150Recently Fr Carlito Da Costa Araújo spent a day exploring Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Sí with a group of young people in Timor-Leste.

About 50 young people gathered to hear Fr Carlito outline the encyclical and to work on positive strategies for implementing Laudato Sí. The course was held in the open air, in ‘nature’s classroom’ as Fr Carlito called it. More photos

Wednesday, 26 February 2020 10:34

Whitefriars College Mass

2020WCMWeb150The Whitefriars College community gathered at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne, recently to begin the new school year with Mass and to welcome new College Principal, Mr Mark Murphy. Students, parents and staff formed the congregation of over 1,400.

Mass was celebrated by Carmelites, Paul Sireh (College Chaplain), Paul Cahill (Prior Provincial) and Maurice Barry together with Fr Michael Gallacher (former College Student). More photos.

Wednesday, 26 February 2020 09:41

Exploring Millennial Challenges

2020CFCWeb150The theme for the 4th Carmelite Laity Congress for the Asia, Australia and Oceania Region was Leave here, go east (1 Kings 17:3) - Carmelite Life in Millennial Challenges, held in Bali, Indonesia, from 13-16 February.

Taking up the theme of this Elijan challenge delegates were reminded of the need to look ahead; to be prepared for change, as we enter an era marked by high usage of digital technology for communication and media, bringing with it negative and positive impacts and at the same time new perspectives, behaviour and lifestyle in our societies. More story & photos

Tuesday, 25 February 2020 16:53

Beginning in ash

2020AWWeb150Today we begin our journey to the great feast of Easter.

Wearing ashes is a symbol of our willingness to change the direction of our hearts – away from all that limits God’s love and action in us.

Conversion (repentance) is about opening ourselves to a fresh experience of God’s healing love which makes us whole and restores us to our rightful place as beloved daughters and sons in the Kingdom of God. It’s about moving back into right relationship with God and neighbour. Read more

Monday, 24 February 2020 14:28

Carmelite Centre offers rich program

2020CCPWeb150Enjoy the rich variety of retreats, seminars, reading groups and prayer on offer at the Carmelite Centre this year.

Lectio Divina, meditation, mindfulness, Carmelite Conversations, residential and one day retreats are just some of what’s on offer. As well, there are sessions on the spirituality of the Carmelite mystics, Briege McKenna, Spirituality in Islam, our new Spiritual Horizons program - and much more. 

pdf Download our 2020 program (911 KB) . Subscribe to the Carmelite Centre Newsletter by visiting the website and adding your email address at the end of the home page.

Thursday, 13 February 2020 15:07

St Therese visits Coorparoo

2020RCWeb150The relics of St Therese of Lisieux and her parents Zelie and Louis Martin visited the Carmelite Parish of Coorparoo (QLD) on their first stop in the Sunshine State.

‘Coorparoo relics organising committee chair John Clarke said the visit was a great opportunity to showcase the contemplation and hospitality the Carmelites were known for.

Mr Clarke saw about 300 people visit the relics at Coorparoo. “I think there were some people who absolutely loved St Therese, and really relate to the ordinariness her story exemplifies,” he said. More story & photos

Saturday, 01 February 2020 14:59

Lectio Divina for February

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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Saturday, 01 February 2020 14:42

In the midst of devastation

JPIC94It feels as if we Australians have been hit by so much destruction our vulnerability and frustrations can prevent us from valuing the treasure we have in our Christian and Carmelite way of life. As we make sense of the destruction we turn to the Divine Presence in prayer to find some consolation or a way forward. Great saints were and are women and men of courage steeped in the conviction that life is lived in each moment and each moment holds out the possibility for each of us to build a better world.

To begin 2020, we offer this reflection from Peter Thomas, member of the JPIC Team. pdf Read this issue (1.64 MB)

Tuesday, 28 January 2020 15:00

St Therese visits Australia

2020STRWeb150The relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux and her parents, Zélie and Louis, have arrived in Australia on tour until mid-May this year.

Among the many churches and religious houses they will visit are our 3 Carmelite parishes in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church, Coorparoo, will be the first place the relics will visit in Brisbane on 6 February. Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church, Wentworthville will welcome the relics on 4 March and Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church, Middle Park on 18 April. More story

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