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 April. We look forward to seeing you at the Carmelite Centre soon. 214 Richardson Street, Middle Park.


Please note: no session on 11, 18 and 25 April

10.00am - 11.00am with Kathryn Pile

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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 one of the Stillness and Silence opportunities offered at the Centre each week. (See below)

PRAYER DAY: Wisdom for the Lenten Journey: John Climacus' Ladder of Divine Ascent Saturday 30 March with Peter Martin 10am - 3 pm.

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In the Eastern Church, John Climacus is studied and read during Lent and is celebrated on the Fourth Sunday in Lent. His Feast Day is March 30, the day of this quiet day. It will be a day of shared silence beginning with a time of gathering and welcome, three talks over the course of the day with a shared time for lunch …

CARMELITE CONVERSATIONS: Wednesday 3 April: 10.30 - 12noon

The Martyrs of Compiègne and their Victory of Love, with Emily Frazer

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Come and join us in a discussion about the Martyrs of Compiegne, a community of sixteen Carmelite nuns and religious, who gave their lives during the turbulent times of The French Revolution, so that ‘love would always be victorious’ (Adolphe-Marie Hardy, The Mantle of Elijah, p.17), …


Friday 12, Saturday 13, Sunday 14 April at Santa Casa, Queenscliff

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This Retreat is fully booked. You can add your name to a waiting list.
It is a silent residential retreat: a reflective experience to mature and deepen our spirituality. Led by Fr Matthew McPhee OCarm, it will be an opportunity to both …

SPIRITUAL READING GROUP: Tuesday 16 April: 4.30 - 6.00pm

Timothy Radcliffe OP: Telling the Truth with Susan Southall

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From childhood, Timothy Radcliffe was fascinated by the word ‘Truth’. Educated by the Benedictines at Worth and Downside, he met no one who challenged his Catholic faith until he left school, when someone asked: ‘But is your faith true?’ He was inspired to study this question, and when he …
2019 Easter Timetable

CARMELITE CONVERSATIONS: Wednesday 1 May: 10.30 - 12noon

Blessed Titus Brandsma, "a dangerous little friar" with Sr Paula OCDM

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Titus Brandsma, was a Dutch Carmelite friar, Catholic priest and professor of philosophy. He was vehemently opposed to Nazi ideology and spoke out against it many times before the Second World War. He was imprisoned in the infamous Dachau concentration camp, where he died. …


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 …

Thursday Morning Weekly Christian Meditation 10.00am

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 unity and wholeness into daily life.

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.

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.


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. …


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.
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