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Monday, 05 August 2019 10:22

Remembering Vote for Independence


August and September are very significant for Timor-Leste this year as it celebrates the 20th anniversary of voting for independence and remembers the violence and unrest which followed. This edition of our JPIC newsletter takes a look back in time through the eyes of Fr Augusto Da Costa Galhos as Timor-Leste celebrates, remembers and grieves these momentous events in its history.

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Thursday, 01 August 2019 13:41

Lectio Divina for August

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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Saturday, 27 July 2019 04:24

Feast of Bl Titus Brandsma

2019TBWeb150Titus Brandsma was a Dutch Carmelite, scholar and writer who was killed in Dachau Concentration Camp because of his stance against Nazism.

Born in The Netherlands in 1861, Titus joined the Carmelite Order as a young man. Ordained priest in 1905, he obtained a doctorate in philosophy in Rome. Titus brought his deep prayer practice to his studies, his teaching and his writing.

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Friday, 26 July 2019 16:09

Celebrating 60 years of service

201960AWeb150Carmelites, Fr Maurice Barry and Fr Jerome Watt are celebrating their 60th anniversary of Ordination this month. Fr Maurice was ordained on 12 July 1959 at Clonciffe College, Dublin and Fr Jerome on 26 July at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne.

Fr Maurice has worked in formation, been a teacher both in Ireland and Australia and worked in parishes and hospital ministry in Perth, Melbourne and Geelong.

Friday, 26 July 2019 06:07

Sts Joachim & Anne

2019JAAWeb150Carmelites celebrate the memory of Saints Joachim and Anne, the parents of Mary, today. Very early in the history of the Order feast days for both Joachim and Anne were added to the Carmelite Liturgical Calendar.

Early Christian and Carmelite traditions saw in Anne one who helped form in Mary a heart open to God. Joachim is portrayed as a just man more interested in helping the poor than in amassing a fortune for himself.

The tradition presents Joachim and Anne as ideal parents of Mary, preparing her for the part she was to play in our salvation. They are honoured in the Carmelite tradition as protectors of the Order.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019 05:06

Blessed John Soreth

2019JSWeb150Today the Carmelite family celebrates the feast of Blessed John Soreth (c.1395 – 1471), Prior General and reformer of the Carmelite Order. During his time as Prior General he was also responsible for the creation of Carmelite communities for women and the admission of lay associates as part of the Order.

He was elected Prior General at the General Chapter of Avignon in 1451. He encouraged reform throughout the Order and travelled constantly around Europe, visiting the various communities. Contemporary accounts record his sense of humour, his courage, a gentle temperament and even that he enjoyed playing an occasional game of football!

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