Our Programs continue to offer many diverse opportunities for stillness and reflection, to meet with others, listen and discuss aspects of the spiritual journey and to think about how contemplative practice can be part of our everyday life. Here is what we have on offer over the coming weeks. We look forward to seeing you at the Carmelite Centre soon.

ICON EXHIBITION throughout the month of NOVEMBER

by The Seraphim Icon Group

Thurs 15: Social evening with guest speaker Olga Buttigieg 5 - 8 pm

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Throughout the month of November The Carmelite Library will host an ICON EXHIBITION by The Seraphim Icon Group. See the flyer for opening times. Gold coin donation. Please book for the evening event by Friday 9th November. Email [email protected]

CARMELITE CONVERSATIONS: Wednesday 7 November 10.30 - 12noon

Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity with Sr Paula OCDM

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This month's Carmelite Conversation is on Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity. Sr Paula writes: "Who is this ever-young French Carmelite who left behind few writings, numerous letters and A PRAYER? Listening to her we discover the power of contemplative prayer to embrace the world, the joy of loving and of being loved by God. With her we encounter God’s presence …


Friday 9 to Sunday 11 November 2018

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Come aside for a few days of quiet reflection while walking along the beautiful Lilydale Warburton Rail Trail culminating at the Sancta Sophia Meditation Centre. To go on our pilgrimage is to live the Carmelite Way: it is to share in the experience of community, service and prayer and return renewed in heart and mind. …


In the Malone Room, 5.00pm - 6.30pm

Ecological-Spirituality Reading Circle is a regular meeting for those intrigued by the contemporary scientific story of the origins of the universe and the evolution of life, and for those who want to articulate a spirituality that embraces this awareness and informs their living. This is the last meeting for 2018

CELEBRATION OF ICONS NIGHT: Thursday 15 November 5 - 8 pm
with guest speaker Olga Buttigieg

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The highlight of the November exhibition is the social evening. A short talk by Dr Olga Buttigieg on the Spirituality of Icons will be followed by drinks and nibbles and the opportunity to meet and greet the iconographers, artists, peers and novices. See the flyer for more details and please book for the evening event by Friday 9th November. Email [email protected]

SPIRITUAL READING GROUP: Tuesday 20 November 4.30 - 6pm

Anne Morrow Lindbergh with Jean Sietzema-Dickson

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The last Spiritual Reading Group for 2018 will be lead by Jean Sietzema-Dickson. It is titled "Concerning Climate Change in the writing of Anne Morrow Lindbergh" [wife of aviator Charles Lindbergh.] You are welcome to come along to this last session for the year. Topics and presenters for 2019 are listed here …


Discussion on Crucifixion in the light of Resurrection: 3.00pm - 4.30pm

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This month's question for discussion is "How do we understand the relationship between the crucifixion and the resurrection?" This discussion is part of a series of discussions aimed at deepening our own spirituality. Reading material will be emailed upon booking …

RETREAT: Saturday 24 November 10am - 3pm

Journey to Christmas with the Advent Gospels with David Hofman OCarm

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The Saturday will be a day of reflection on the Advent Sunday Gospels the Church uses as we prepare to celebrate the Great Christmas Feast. Please book to assist us in our preparation for the day.

Provincial Delegate for the Carmelite Family October News

by Damien Peile

I was fortunate to participate in the International Congress of Carmelite Laity held In Sassone (Rome) from September 15 to 20, 2018, along with Irene Hayes from the Carmelite Centre and four other Australians – Christine Wade, Lay Carmelite National Moderator and other lay Carmelites – Ann Baumber, and Bernie and Maria Howe. …

Friday Morning Weekly
Lectio Divina 9.30 - 10.30am

Join Fr David Hofman OCarm and a small group on Friday mornings after 9.00 Mass in a quiet oasis of prayer away from the hustle of your normal activities. We meet in the lady Chapel at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Middle Park.
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Thursday Evening Weekly Meditation 7.00pm

You are invited to come and experience meditation as a way of bringing peace, harmony and joy to your life. ... to enhance your day-to-day awareness by living in the present moment. This is a regular Thursday evening session with Peter Thomas. Click 'learn more' and scroll down.


Spiritual Direction is a series of conversations about your life in the light of your faith or values. ... These conversations assist discernment ... you can then choose the way forward on the spiritual journey with greater freedom. … Click 'learn more' and scroll down.


Located within the Carmelite Centre precinct the Carmelite Library of Spirituality and Mysticism provides a unique resource for students of religion, theology and spirituality throughout Australia.… You are most welcome to visit the Library to browse. Click 'learn more' and scroll down.