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Thursday, 13 February 2020 15:07

St Therese visits Coorparoo

2020RCWeb150The relics of St Therese of Lisieux and her parents Zelie and Louis Martin visited the Carmelite Parish of Coorparoo (QLD) on their first stop in the Sunshine State.

‘Coorparoo relics organising committee chair John Clarke said the visit was a great opportunity to showcase the contemplation and hospitality the Carmelites were known for.

Mr Clarke saw about 300 people visit the relics at Coorparoo. “I think there were some people who absolutely loved St Therese, and really relate to the ordinariness her story exemplifies,” he said. More story & photos

Saturday, 01 February 2020 14:59

Lectio Divina for February

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, 01 February 2020 14:42

In the midst of devastation

JPIC94It feels as if we Australians have been hit by so much destruction our vulnerability and frustrations can prevent us from valuing the treasure we have in our Christian and Carmelite way of life. As we make sense of the destruction we turn to the Divine Presence in prayer to find some consolation or a way forward. Great saints were and are women and men of courage steeped in the conviction that life is lived in each moment and each moment holds out the possibility for each of us to build a better world.

To begin 2020, we offer this reflection from Peter Thomas, member of the JPIC Team. pdf Read this issue (1.64 MB)

Tuesday, 28 January 2020 15:00

St Therese visits Australia

2020STRWeb150The relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux and her parents, Zélie and Louis, have arrived in Australia on tour until mid-May this year.

Among the many churches and religious houses they will visit are our 3 Carmelite parishes in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church, Coorparoo, will be the first place the relics will visit in Brisbane on 6 February. Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church, Wentworthville will welcome the relics on 4 March and Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church, Middle Park on 18 April. More story

Tuesday, 28 January 2020 11:38

Carmelite Family continues to grow

2020170kWeb150Our Carmelite Family continues to grow with over 171,000 followers now on our Facebook page, the largest Carmelite Facebook presence in the world. Our posts regularly attract a very high rate of engagement (up to 35,000 likes, comments or shares). About 1,000 people follow our page each month. The number of unique people who see a particular post has been as high as 82,000. Through our social media presence we hope to share with you something of our spirit, history, prayer and reflection. Join us today at See larger photo

Tuesday, 28 January 2020 11:25

Zumalai welcomes new Parish Priest

2020AWMWeb150Last Sunday Fr Aniceto Maia Da Costa was formally welcomed as the new parish priest of Zumalai, Timor-Leste. Mass was celebrated by Fr Lúcio Norberto de Deus, Vicar General of Maliana Diocese. He was joined by Fr Carlito Da Costa Araújo (Provincial Delegate for Timor-Leste), Fr Manuel Almeida Da Costa (Parish Priest 2013-2020), Fr Pedro Amaral (Assistant Priest), Fr Nelinho Americo Soares and Fr Fausto Tilman De Araújo. During the Mass Fr Manuel was thanked for his years of leadership as Parish Priest. More photos

Saturday, 25 January 2020 20:16

Australia Day 2020

australiaday 150As we celebrate Australia Day we also remember those for whom this day represents loss of country, lives and self-determination. May we always work for recognition, peace and reconciliation in our great country.

Grant, O Lord our God,
that as the Cross shines in our southern skies,
so may Christ bring light to our nation, to its peoples old and new,
and by saving grace, transform our lives.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020 10:41

Second Timorese Shrine in Australia

2020STSWeb150A second shrine to Our Lady has been built by the Timorese Catholic community in Australia and was blessed on 11 January this year. The new shrine, dedicated to Our Lady of Aitara, was built at Marian Valley at Canungra in the Gold Coast hinterland which hosts a collection of shrines and chapels. Bishop Ken Howell blessed the shrine and celebrated mass assisted by Carmelite Fr Januario Pinto. The title, Our Lady of Aitara, comes from an alleged apparition of Our Lady more than 100 years ago on Mount Aitara in Timor-Leste. Since then popular devotion to Our Lady of Aitara has grown and Timorese people see her as the mother “who supported us through war, strife, suffering, invasion and illnesses,’ according to Canossian Sister Odette Moreira. More photos

Wednesday, 22 January 2020 10:36

Timorese in Ireland Celebrate

2020TMIWeb150Late last year Fr Carlito Da Silva (pictured) celebrated 2 Thanksgiving Masses in Portadown and Dungannon, Northern Ireland, for the Timorese community. Both Masses were hosted by TAIS (Timorese Association Inclusive Support) group. Fr Carlito was visiting Ireland during the Christmas break from his Doctoral studies in Spirituality in Rome. Carlito is a member of the Carmelite Province of Australia & Timor-Leste. More photos

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 10:42

Carmelite connections to PNG martyr

2020PTRWeb150Carmelite, Fr Paul Sireh, chaplain to the Australian PNG Catholic Community, says that a new chapel dedicated to Blessed Peter To Rot will open on 17 January. PNG Cardinal John Ribat will fly from Port Moresby to lead the celebration at the chapel in Marian Valley, in the Gold Coast Hinterland, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of Blessed Peter's beatification.

Blessed Peter was a martyr and lay catechist who was entrusted with a PNG parish during World War II when Japan occupied the region. He stood up for religious values in the face of oppression and held secret services under the imperial rule. More story

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