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Thursday, 26 March 2020 16:44

Happy 99th Birthday, Fr Pat!

2020CFPWeb150Today Fr Pat Harney turns 99 years young! He has been a Carmelite for nearly 75 years and a priest for 68. Fr Pat is the oldest Carmelite Friars in the world. Over the years, Pat has worked all over Australia and in New Zealand, in Carmelite and Diocesan parishes and hospitals. "I've been everywhere, man!" he loves to quote from the famous song, when asked about his many places of ministry. 

Born in 1921 in Elmore (Victoria), Fr Pat was the second of eight children. He remembers his home life filled with daily rosary, private morning prayer and Sunday Mass. More story & photos

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 11:37

Pope Francis request #PrayForTheWorld

prayfortheworld popevideo 150The Holy Father Pope Francis wanted to share a particular prayer message in a special edition of The Pope Video, in an initiative of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. In a context marked by the global pandemic of the COVID-19 virus, the Pope spoke last Wednesday, 11 March, to thank all those who pray in these difficult moments, regardless of their religious tradition. With a special emphasis on the sick and those who are suffering most, he asked that we all pray the prayer “Under Your Protection” to the Virgin Mary, imploring her protection... More story & video

Saturday, 21 March 2020 18:11

The Carmelites - offering you support


The Carmelites of Australia & Timor-Leste offer you our support in these uncertain and difficult times.

We are praying for the whole world, and especially, for all those who are members of our wider Carmelite Family.
Each week we will offer a variety of prayers, reflections, Lectio Divina and liturgies to celebrate at home when you cannot celebrate in Church - our Celebrating at Home series.

Read more & download the resources.

Saturday, 21 March 2020 12:44

Fourth Sunday of Lent

jesuslight 150In this Sunday’s Gospel we accompany the man who was born blind on his journey into the light. The first thing we read is that Jesus announces that the man is sinless – he has been born blind so that God’s glory can be seen at work in him. Then Jesus gives the blind man sight. Notice that the man didn’t ask to be healed – this is Jesus’ initiative, taking the first step and reaching out in love. That’s how Jesus approaches us, too. Continue reading & download Celebrating at Home - Fourth Sunday in Lent for your default iPhone or iPad (1.13 MB) on in pdf PDF Format | (380 KB) Download pdf Lectio Divina - Fourth Sunday in Lent (258 KB)

Wednesday, 18 March 2020 08:51

Carmelites pray for the nation

trinity01 150In this time of crisis and uncertainty you might like to join the Carmelites in this prayer for our nation and our world.

Eternal God,
calm the fear in our hearts.
Help us to work together to protect
and look after each other.        Read the whole prayer

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

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