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Saturday, 07 December 2019 15:14

Archbishop celebrates Mass at Hera

2019ABAHWeb150Archbishop Virgílio do Carmo da Silva (Archbishop of Dili) recently celebrated Mass in our community at Hera to mark the end of the Inter-congregation Religious Courses for 2019. About 250 people were present including pre-Novices and Novices of various religious communities in Dili who participated in the courses during the year. Superiors, lecturers and formators were also present.

Archbishop Virgilio was welcomed to Hera by Fr Carlito Da Cost Araújo, the Provincial Delegate for Timor-Leste, in a traditional welcome ceremony. Our Carmelite students formed the choir. Lunch and also some performances by the students followed Mass as well as the traditional tebe-tebe and Dahur dances until 4.00 pm. More photos

Saturday, 07 December 2019 14:36

The Horrors of Timor & Papua

JPIC93During this season of Advent, as we await the birth of the Christ-child, the Prince of Peace, we remember that we must not be armchair Christians waiting passively. This is a time of active hope; hope that the living Christ, who lives in and among us, will strengthen those who are down-trodden, those who are oppressed.

In solidarity with the people of West Papua, who have been waiting fifty-seven years amidst violence and occupation, we pray with them this Advent for a long lasting Peace and return to their own self-determination and sovereignty. pdf Read this issue of our JPIC Newsletter. (1.39 MB)

Saturday, 07 December 2019 13:53

High Tea Thank You

2019DHTWeb150We recently invited our donors in Victoria to join us for a Thank You High Tea. About 70 donors came along and were joined by Carmelites and staff. Fr Paul Cahill (Prior Provincial) opened the event with prayer.

Mayra Walsh, our Community Development Coordinator, shared with us some stories about the positive impact our programs are making in communities in Timor-Leste. Because of donors’ support, we are able to help our schools in Zumalai and Raimea by providing them with teaching resources to use in their classrooms. And we are supporting 19 volunteer teachers in our schools by providing them with a small monthly allowance. More story

Sunday, 01 December 2019 16:46

Advent Beginnings

Advent1AThe great Advent journey begins. Once again we are struck by God’s astounding graciousness in sharing his life with us in the person of Jesus. “The Advent readings form a rich tapestry of images centered on the truth that God has come among us. In Advent we do not pretend that we are waiting for Jesus to be born in a stable. That happened once in history and it will not happen again. We remember that birth as we remember our own birthdays. The God who came among us is still among us. Advent’s invitation is to become aware of the all-pervading presence of the risen Jesus as Emmanuel – God among us.” (Break Open the Word. The Liturgical Commission, Brisbane, 2010).

Friday, 29 November 2019 13:56

Lectio Divina for December

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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Thursday, 21 November 2019 09:46

10th Carmelite Way Pilgrimage

2019PILWeb150On 8-10 November 32 pilgrims, led by Paul Sireh OCarm and Denis Andrew OCarm, braved the cold and wet Melbourne weather to walk along the Yarra Valley Rail Trail for the tenth Annual Carmelite Way pilgrimage. In spite of the weather forecast for very wet days we managed to stay fairly dry and in fact it was wonderful walking weather. Like previous years we are very grateful for the contribution of Sacred Heart Bethlehem community and Whitefriars College for the use of buses and the reliable bus drivers, Rob and David who have generously served us for some years now. The weekend cannot happen without the contribution of buses and drivers. More story & photos

Monday, 18 November 2019 16:27

Not quite 'Gardening Australia'

2019NQGAWeb150It wasn’t quite Gardening Australia, but on Saturday morning the Middle Park (VIC) Carmelites gathered to re-pot our orchids which had become very overgrown. Under the direction of Belinda Ahearn, our Province Executive Assistant, we separated the orchids into ‘families’ of four and re-planted them in about 30 smaller pots with fresh soil. We hope when they flower next year we will be able to sell some to help the Carmelites in Timor-Leste. More photos

Friday, 15 November 2019 14:39

What you make possible

CC109Web150This issue of Carmel Contact is filled with stories about the difference our donors make to the lives of people in Timor-Leste. You can read about safeguarding children in our Schools in Zumalai, Br Anacleto’s personal story, Fr Agusto reflects on 20 years of Timor-Leste’s independence, celebrating our loyal donors, the first retreat for our Scholarship Students, the new teaching resources you provided to our schools, how to order your Carmelite Christmas Cards, and much more.

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Friday, 15 November 2019 05:02

All Carmelite Souls - 15 November

ACSLWeb150Today, Carmelites remember with love and thanksgiving all those people who have handed on to us the heritage of Carmelite life and spirituality. We remember especially those we have known and who have deeply enriched our own living of Carmelite life. These brothers and sisters of ours may not have been famous spiritual writers nor renowned for extraordinary experiences of prayer, but they made their mark on the Order and on each of us through their own efforts to live in allegiance to Jesus Christ in service to the Order and to the Church.

May God welcome them fully into the Divine embrace.

Thursday, 14 November 2019 10:44

All Carmelite Saints - 14 November

2019ACSWeb150Today Carmelites celebrate the memory of all those who lived faithfully their calling as members of our family. They lived in the spirit of Mary and Elijah and sought the face of the living God in Scripture and in their hearts. They shared their experience of God in teaching, writing, apostolic ministry and love.

We continue to draw inspiration from the many ways they lived in the ‘footsteps of Jesus Christ’.

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