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Saturday, 23 May 2015 15:15

New Carmelite Saint

MoJCWeb200Among the four women religious canonised by Pope Francis on 17 May was Discalced Carmelite nun, Sr Mary of Jesus Crucified. She is the first Carmelite nun from the Middle East.

Born in Galilee, Mary lived in Egypt, Lebanon, France and India and her short life came to an end in Bethlehem. She is a bridge between the Christians of the East and West.

Miriam Baouardy was born in Galilee on 5 January 1846 to Greek parents of the Melkite Rite.

ALC1Web300Adelaide Lay Carmelites met for a one day retreat on St Teresa of Avila on Sunday 17 May. Held at the Passionist Monastery, Glen Osmond, the retreat day was led by Fr Paul Gurr, OCarm, Provincial Delegate for the Lay Carmelites. During Mass Majella Partridge made her first profession as a Lay Carmelite. The 14 members of the community also elected a new Community Council: Keith Belton (Prior), Jim Brewster, Maureen Kerrigan and Angela Zakarias.

Thursday, 21 May 2015 16:38

Young Carmelites Gather in Manila

RSG200WebBrs. Avelino Dos Santos, Anacleto Guterres da Costa and Abrão De Jesus, 3 student friars from Timor Leste, recently attended the gathering of Carmelite student friars from the Asia-Australia-Oceania region in Manila, Philippines, together with Fr Roque Soares.

The Regional Student Gathering was organised by the Carmelites of the Province of Blessed Titus Brandsma, Phillipines. It took place from 27 April to 2 May 2015.

Thursday, 21 May 2015 15:21

Farewell, Fr Noel

NK3Web200Fr Noel's family, the Carmelites of Australia and Timor Leste and the Whitefriars College community bid farewell to Fr Vincent Noel Kierce in a number of gatherings following his sudden death on 9 May.

Click on Read More for details and photos of the Memorial Mass and the Guard of Honour at Whitefriars College and Fr Noel's Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church, Middle Park. Links to Fr Laurie Timms' homily at the Funeral Mass and to the Whitefriars College tribute page are also there.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 15:30

Celebrating Fr Noel's Life

NKWeb200The Whitefriars College community will gather at 7.30pm on Wednesday evening 13 May for a Mass of thanksgiving for Fr Noel's life and to celebrate his contribution to the life of the College for more than 40 years.

Fr Noel's Requiem Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, cnr Richardson and Wright Streets, Middle Park at 11.00am on Friday 15 May.

You are warmly welcome to attend both these celebrations.

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.

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