Throughout 2019 our Program continues to offer diverse opportunities for stillness and silence, to meet with others, listen and discuss aspects of the spiritual journey, and to reflect on how contemplative practice can be part of our everyday life.

Here is what we have on offer in February. We look forward to seeing you at the Carmelite Centre soon.

CARMELITE CONVERSATIONS: Wednesday 6 February: 10.30 - 12noon

The Spirituality of Therese of Lisieux in the work of George Bernanos, with Kathleen Alleaume-Ross

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This conversation will focus on the work of the French author George Bernanos, and will cover: The connection between Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and George Bernanos. Aspects of Saint Thérèse’s spirituality reflected in French literature of the nineteenth and twentieth century. How the tropes of the Good Priest and Virtuous Woman reflect her spirituality in the works of George Bernanos, …


10.00am - 11.00am with Kathryn Pile (February to June)

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This Christian Meditation Program is a series of contemplative meditation sessions drawing on the Christian tradition, spiritual writing and scripture to deepen a way of being in God’s Presence. It is an invitation for all those with an open heart, who are seeking to bring …


9.00am - 12.30pm

Half day introductory program with Peter Thomas

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Three Saturday programs will be offered in 2019. 9 February, 22 June, and 12 October. This program is for those who would like to introduce meditation into their lives in a gentle, progressive manner. It is simple and effective and avoids the disappointment that sometimes comes when people rush ‘head-long’ into advanced meditation practices. After attending one …


5.00 - 6.30pm

The Eco-Spirituality Reading Circle meets four times a year. It is 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. You are welcome to join any or all of the meetings of the …

CARMELITE SPIRITUAL LEARNING CIRCLE: Incarnation - What to make of it? Thursday 14 February: Discussion in the Library 3.00 - 4.30pm

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This discussion is part of a series of discussions aimed at deepening our spirituality by connecting our thinking and talking with daily living – bringing head and heart together to help in our Christian living. These discussions centre on our own reflections and experiences. We do not have a speaker and rely on each other to help us clarify our …

SPIRITUAL READING GROUP: Tuesday 19 February: 4.30 - 6pm

Henry Corbin and the Mundus Imaginalis with Susan Frykberg

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Scholar, philosopher and theologian Henry Corbin (1903-1978) ‘was devoted to the struggle to free the religious imagination from fundamentalisms of every kind. ... ' After a brief introduction to Corbin's life and work, through a process similiar to Lectio Divina, the group will interact with a small selection of his writings …

EVENING SESSION: Receiving the Word during Lent: Reading Luke's Gospel as Lenten Practice with Matthew Tonini 7 - 9pm

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This two hour session with Matthew Tonini will provide an opportunity to intentionally engage with the wisdom of Luke’s Gospel as a guide for Lent—the season of renewal and deepening of our Christian way of life. The session will: - explore the sequence of the Sunday Gospels for Lent, which this year are drawn from the Gospel of Luke, - …


SATURDAY PRAYER DAYS: 30 March, 3 August, 30 November

Each will be an introduction to a different prayer practice.

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The first Day of Prayer is 30 March with Rev Peter Martin, “John Climacus – Wisdom for the Lenten journey” Based on a book that monasteries in the Eastern Orthodox traditions study during lent that presents 30 steps. Later in the year: 3 August with Rev Simon Carey Holt, …


Friday 12, Saturday 13, Sunday 14 April in Queenscliff

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This Retreat is a silent residential retreat: a reflective experience to mature and deepen our spirituality. There will be personal quiet time and prayer as well as interacting with others in the Carmelite Family. The Carmelite Family is all those interested in and influenced by Carmelite spirituality. Led by Fr Matthew McPhee OCarm, it will be an opportunity to both …

SYMPOSIUM: Ways of Seeing: Three days of Spiritual Workshops:

Thursday 23, Friday 24, Saturday 25 May

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As has become the tradition at the Carmelite Centre, we are holding a Symposium late in May: Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th, and Saturday 25th. This year’s Symposium engages with the inner journey and how it can be manifested outwardly. It’s about how each one of us uses art forms – painting, drawing, journaling, writing, music, movement – as means to …

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 the 'Support' page..


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 the 'Support' page.