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Tuesday, 17 September 2019 14:22

Australian speaks to General Chapter

2019MCGCWeb150Acclaimed Australian spiritual author, retreat master and scholar, Fr Michael Casey OCSO, gave one of the major addresses at the General Chapter. Fr Michael from the Cistercian Abbey at Tarrawarra (VIC) reflected on the theme of the Chapter, “You are my witnesses” (Is 43:10). From one generation to the next: called to be faithful to our Carmelite charism in terms of Tradition, Challenge and Witness. pdf Read Michael's talk. (323 KB)

Tuesday, 17 September 2019 09:27

New Lay Carm Moderator & Secretary

2019NMLCWeb150The Provincial Council has appointed Gabrielle Fogarty as the new Moderator of the Lay Carmelites and Vera Cleary as Secretary. Both attended the recent Provincial Chapter in June. Gabrielle has previous experience of being on the Lay Carmelite Council and is currently the Chair of our Provincial Commission for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation. Vera, a member of the Wollongong Lay Carmelites, also looks after the Lay Carmelite Resource Store. Two more members of the Lay Carmelite Council will be elected at the Lay Carmelite Assembly 6-9 October in Ormiston (QLD).

Monday, 16 September 2019 16:44

Carmelites learn photography


Some of our young Carmelite students in Timor are learning photography. The course is being taught by Mr Isidoro dos Santos Correia over 4 Saturdays covering the basics of camera use, lighting and composition. Isidoro recently graduated from Swinburne University (VIC) with a masters degree in communications and is offering the course free to our students.  Good photography skills are vital for recording the activities of the Carmelites in Timor and for involving our friends and supporters in our work. The students are: Brs Agostinho Dos Santos, Estevão Mendonça De Jesus, Estevão De Deus Gomes, Narcisizio Da Costa Vilanova, Alipio Godinho, Lukas Dos Santos Martins, Paulo Martins De Araújo, Gaudensio Do Rosario and Elias Soares Sin. More photos

Thursday, 12 September 2019 15:22

Dili now an Archdiocese

2019DAWeb150On Wednesday 10 September Pope Francis gathered the 3 dioceses in Timor-Leste into a new 'ecclesiastical province' with Dili now becoming an Archdiocese and the dioceses of Baucau and Maliana being suffragan dioceses. The bishop of Dili, Virgílio do Carmo da Silva was also made an archbishop.

The Diocese of Díli has an area of 4,775 sq km, covering 5 districts in the central part of East Timor. Out of a total of population of over 667,000, Catholics number more than 630,000 (94.4%), who are spread across 30 parishes.  They are served by 149 priests, 132 men religious and 432 women religious.

Thursday, 12 September 2019 14:57

General Chapter Opening Mass

2019GC2Web150You can view highlights from the Opening Mass of the General Chapter and listen to some points from Fr Fernando's homily by clicking here.

You can see more photos of the first day of the Chapter here.

You can follow the General Chapter on our Facebook page.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019 16:39

Prayer for the General Chapter

2019GCLWeb150You are warmly invited to join the Carmelite Family in prayer for the General Chapter. Here is the official General Chapter prayer:

Lord, you have chosen and called each one of us to Carmel
to be witnesses of your love to every generation.

Send your holy spirit to guide us towards the future,
just as you did in the first days of our spring on Mount Carmel.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019 16:16

Celebrating 20 years of Independence

JPIC90It's 20 years since the people of Timor-Leste voted for independence from Indonesia. Mayra Walsh, Community Development Coordinator for the Carmelite of Australia & Timor-Leste, was present at the official Government celebrations.

pdf Read Mayra's observations and reflections (1.01 MB) .

Sunday, 08 September 2019 17:35

Off to Rome for the General Chapter 2019

2019GCLWeb150Frs Paul Cahill (Prior Provincial), Bruce Clark and Carlito Da Silva are the representing the Carmelites of Australia & Timor-Leste at the General Chapter of the Order. The General Chapter will be held in Rome from 10-27 September. A General Chapter, involving representatives from every Province in the world, is held every 6 years and elects the international leadership team.

The theme for the Chapter is: You are my witnesses from one generation to the next: called to be faithful to our Carmelite Charism.

Friday, 30 August 2019 22:27

Lectio Divina for September

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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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.

pdf Read this issue (1.10 MB)

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