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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.

RETREAT: SATURDAY 25 AUGUST 10.00am - 3.00pm
'The Smell of Dust on Rain' with Jan Morgan & Graeme Garrett

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This reflective day will provide time out to open our hearts to both grief and praise before God, centring on the beauty and fragility of the Earth’s oceans. "When we walk on the earth with reverence, beauty will decide to trust us." (John O'Donohue) The title …

RETREAT: SATURDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 9.30am - 4.00pm
'Carmelite Family' Retreat Day with David Hofman OCarm

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ALL WELCOME! For all those interested in Carmelite Spirituality – parishioners, friends, lay Carmelites, friars and those interested in the Carmelite Way of Life - our Carmelite Family! Fr David will lead us in some reflections on the Carmelite Way and what a short prayer says about living …

CARMELITE CONVERSATIONS: Wednesday 5 September 10.30 - 12noon

Poetry of Carmel with Sr Miriam OCDM

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Sr Miriam, from the Carmelite Monastery in Kew, writes: Saint John of the Cross explained that when he wanted to express something of his experience of God’s beauty and transcendence, he found poetry a more apt vehicle for what he was trying to say. …

THE CARMELITE SPIRITUAL LEARNING CIRCLE: Thursday 6 September 3.00pm - 4.30pm

Exploring Concepts of Home: from the Secular to the Sacred

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This session will begin by exploring general notions of what home means within the context of where we find ourselves at the present time. The discussion will also consider the notion of home from an indigenous person, a refugee and/or a stateless persons’ experience. …

ECO-SPIRITUALITY READING CIRCLE: Thursday 11 September 5.00pm - 6.30pm

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This is the third of four meetings in 2018. You are welcome to join regularly or for any meeting. Each meeting the group will explore the writings of an author or a collection of writings around a theme. If texts are not available, electronic copies will be emailed prior …

THE CARMELITE PILGRIMAGE INFORMATION EVENING: Wednesday 12 September 6.30pm - 8.00pm

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This evening is for those who would like to find out more about the Carmelite Way Pilgrimage along the beautiful Lilydale Warburton Rail Trail culminating at the Sancta Sophia Meditation Centre. This will be the ninth annual pilgrimage. Friday 9 November to Sunday 11 November 2018 …

SPIRITUAL READING GROUP: Tuesday 18 September 4.30 - 6pm

Saint Birgitta of Sweden: Her Life and Her Revelations with Philippa Wetherell

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700 Revelations recorded in eight volumes. Was she Poet, Prophet and Pragmatist? Birgitta was born in 1303. She was the only woman to be canonized in the fourteenth century, the only woman to have founded a monastic order of her own devising, an order which survived the Reformation and …

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.

LIFE CONVERSATIONS

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.

CARMELITE LIBRARY OF SPIRITUALITY & MYSTICISM

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.
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