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Monday, 30 September 2019 16:32

St Thérèse of Lisieux

Therese of LWeb1501 October is the feast day of St Thérèse of Lisieux famous for her teaching on the 'the little way of confidence and love' found in her autobiography, The Story of a Soul. Thérèse Martin was born in Alencon in France in 1873. Whilst still young she entered the Discalced Carmel of Lisieux. Her writings reveal a very human character. She frequently fell asleep during the long hours of prayer in the monastery chapel. She always had a strong sense of God's love for her and felt her calling was to be love. 'What matters,' she wrote, 'is not great deeds, but great love'. She died on 30 September 1897, just 24 years old. She was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope John Paul II in 1997.

Monday, 30 September 2019 16:20

Lectio Divina for October

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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Wednesday, 25 September 2019 14:22

Thank You, Lifetime Partners

2019TYLPWeb150Some of our loyal donors have been supporting the Carmelites for over 30 years. They are our Lifetime Partners. Recently, we invited those in Victoria to join Fr David Hofman, Br Marcolino Gomes and our Fundraising & Development team, for a morning tea celebration in Middle Park.

We shared with them stories about the positive impact their support is making in Timor-Leste and Australia. We gave them a certificate, a pearl encrusted pin and a Timor-Leste bookmark. These small tokens are our way of saying Thank You – two words that we hold deep in our hearts for having them by our side. More story & photos

Sunday, 22 September 2019 11:17

General Chapter meets Pope Francis

2019GCPAWeb150Yesterday members of the General Chapter shared a private audience with Pope Francis.

Receiving the General Chapter members of the Carmelite Order on September 21, Pope Francis urged them in the contemplation of God and in the service of His people, especially the poor.

Read the story & see photos   |   pdf (203 KB)   pdf Read the Pope's Address to the General Chapter (203 KB)

See the video (commentary is not in English).

Thursday, 19 September 2019 16:02

General Council Elections

2019GCLWeb150Today the participants at the Carmelite General Chapter in Rome elected the members of the General Council who will represent the four geographic regions of the Order.

The General Councillor for Africa is Fr Conrad Mutizamhepo, from Zimbabwe (a mission of the Irish Province) who served in this role in the previous term (2013-19).

The General Councillor for the Americas is Fr Luis Maza Subero, a Venezualan friar of the Catalonian Province where he is currently Prior Provincial. More + photos.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 10:51

General Chapter Elections

2019BPWeb150As well as electing Fr Mícéal Prior General yesterday, the General Chapter elected also Fr Benny Phang as Vice Prior General, Fr Michael Farrugia as Procurator General and Fr Christian Körner as Bursar General.

Over the past 6 years Fr Benny, from the Indonesian Province, has served as the General Councillor for our region of the Order (Asia, Australia & Oceania). Fr Michael, from the Maltese Province, was re-elected as Procurator General - the Order's Canon Lawyer and liaison with the Holy See. Fr Christian, from the German Province, has served the past 6 years as Vice Prior General and has been elected to a new role as Bursar General for the Order.

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