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Tuesday, 16 June 2020 10:40

Funeral Arrangements for Fr Ken

2020KPWeb150Requiem Mass for Fr Ken will be celebrated on Monday 22 June at 10am. Those interested in attending personally should register their interest by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone to (03) 9699 1922 by 10am on Wednesday 17 June. Those who can be accommodated within the 50 people allowed will be notified by the evening of Thursday 18 June.

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Saturday, 13 June 2020 13:33

Fr Ken Petersen, O.Carm. RIP

2020KPWeb150The Carmelites of Australia and Timor-Leste are mourning the loss today of Fr Ken Petersen who died peacefully in the early hours of this morning. Fr Ken was 81 and had been a Carmelite for 58 years and a priest for almost 52.

Ken served the Province and the People of God in the parishes of Coorparoo (QLD), Hilton (WA) and Middle Park (VIC), in formation ministry, Lay Carmelite National Chaplain and as Prior Provincial before establishing the Sancta Sophia Meditation Community at Warburton (VIC) with Sr Kathleen Murphy OP in 1996. Read more

Friday, 12 June 2020 15:23

The real presence of Jesus in us

2020CCWeb150It seems a bit odd to be celebrating the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ at a time when so many still cannot attend Mass and receive the Eucharist. Yet I think that this time has actually been a blessing for us. When what we have been used to suddenly changes, it is challenging. It is hard to deal with the sense of loss. But if we can transcend the moment it can become an opportunity. Read more. Click here for Lectio Divina for this Sunday.

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Saturday, 06 June 2020 14:21

God enfleshed in us

2020TWeb150A quick look at the readings for today shows very clearly that the Feast of the Trinity is a celebration of God’s love for humankind. It is a day for reflecting on who God is, not for trying to figure out how there can be three persons in one God. The Church’s focus today is on our experience of God, not theology. Read more  |  Visit our Celebrating At Home page

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Saturday, 06 June 2020 14:16

Love and Violence

2020BLMWeb150All of us have been deeply shocked, not only by the needless death of George Floyd, but also by the ensuing violence which followed. Many have referred to a 'pandemic of racism' at the heart of discrimination, poverty and unequal human rights.  The violent arrest of a 16 year old Aboriginal youth was also deeply disturbing. It brought home to me that terrible things don't only happen in far away places; they happen here, too.

Pope Francis said, "We cannot tolerate or close our eyes to any kind of racism or exclusion and claim to defend the sacredness of every human life ... Nothing is gained by violence and much is lost." Read more

Friday, 05 June 2020 13:58

World Environment Day

JPIC97We are celebrating World Environment Day today. Our latest newsletter features two articles reflecting on the critical issues of our time: caring for the environment and the global pandemic.  Why not celebrate the day by spending a little time in nature and offering a prayer of gratitude, as well as spending time reading these articles to seek wisdom about where they are calling you to participate in making the world a better place. 

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Wednesday, 03 June 2020 10:42

A Prayer for You from the Carmelites

2020GBWYWeb150Carmelites and friends in the England, Brazil, Timor-Leste and Australia came together online to form a virtual choir to record the song, ‘God Be With You’ as a prayer for all during these times. The words are in English and Tetum. The recording was organised by Niko De Jesus whose brother, Estevão, is one of our young Carmelites in Timor-Leste and includes Australian Carmelite, Matthew Tonini. Watch the video.

BrandsmaWeb150Join Fr Paul Cahill for an online discussion via Zoom of the life and spirituality of Blessed Titus Brandsma on Wednesday 3 June at 10.30am (AEDT). Titus Brandsma (23 February 1881 – 26 July 1942) was a Dutch Carmelite friar, Catholic priest and professor of philosophy. Brandsma was vehemently opposed to Nazi ideology and spoke out against it many times before the Second World War. He was imprisoned in the infamous Dachau concentration camp, where he was murdered. He has been declared ‘blessed’ and a martyr of the faith.

Book here and access the background reading.

Tuesday, 02 June 2020 01:27

Carmelites helping those in need

2020CHTINWeb150Over 40 families have received food parcels from the Carmelites in Hera during this time of lockdown. The food parcels were distributed by the Carmelites at Fatuhada to their neighbours and some isolated people in need. Donors from Indonesia provided the funds to purchase rice, noodles, cooking oil and other daily essentials.

There have been 24 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Timor-Leste and no reported deaths so far. All 24 have recovered and a further 253 people are currently waiting for test results. More photos

Monday, 01 June 2020 13:19

Mary, mother of the Church

2020MMOTCWeb150Today we celebrate Mary as Mother of the Church. It is a reminder of the special place Mary has in the community of believers. In the Gospel of John, Jesus entrusts Mary into John’s care. There is a sense of intimacy and companionship between Mary and John who stand for the new community of Jesus.

Luke also gives us the image of Mary gathered in prayer with the disciples as they await the coming of the Holy Spirit. Again, we are struck by the intimacy and closeness between Mary and this first group of believers. More story

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