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.

As our 2019 draws near a close, we include some regular events in our 2020 program, and two residential retreats so you can plan ahead. We look forward to seeing you at the Carmelite Centre. 214 Richardson Street, Middle Park.

SPIRITUAL READING GROUP: Tuesday 19 November, 4.30 - 6.00pm

Mevlana Rumi: The Shakespeare of Mysticism with Ann Rochford

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Rumi (1207-1273) is known as a Persian poet, a Jurist, an Islamic scholar and great Sufi Mystic. He is the founder of a form of the ascetic Dervish movement in Sufism, in which devotees whirl in mystical trances. Over centuries, much has been written about his teachings and interest in him crosses all religious traditions. This talk will start with …

CHANTING: Rejoicing in the Spirit with Susan Frykberg Saturday 23 & 30 November, 11am-Midday

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Join us in chanting old and new Christian chants. No musical ability required nor any prior experience in chanting.At Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Middle Park. Led by Susan Frykberg who is well versed in composing and teaching a range of Christian chants. No …

DAY OF PRAYER: Saturday 30 November, 10.00am - 3.00pm

Advent: Journeying in Hope, with David Hofman OCarm

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The Carmelite contemplative journey leads us into communion with God within us. Advent is the Church’s season of Hope. The day will look at contemplation in the Carmelite tradition and how the Advent scriptures give us hope, nourish our journey and prepare us to discover afresh that God is truly with us. …

CARMELITE CONVERSATIONS: Wednesday 4 December, 10.30 - 12noon

Saint John of the Cross: O Living Flame of Love, with Michael Brundell OCarm

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In this Carmelite Conversation we will begin reflecting on the poem called Oh Llama de Amor Viva – O Living Flame of Love, with the guiding principle taken from the commentary of the same name also by Saint John of the Cross and with particular attention to Stanza IV paragraphs 4 and 5: There are many ways in which God …

Some 2020 events.

Full program will be available on the website later in the year.

CARMELITE CONVERSATIONS 2020 PROGRAM: begins Wednesday 5 February, 10.30 - 12noon

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The "Carmelite Conversations" program continues in 2020 with a range of presenters and topics.Click the "Read more" link to see the full program. More information will be available for each month closer to the date.

SPIRITUAL READING GROUP 2020 PROGRAM: begins Tuesday 18 February, 10.30 - 12noon

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Each month the Spiritual Reading Group explores a text from a spiritual writer. Click the "Read more" link to see the full program. More information will be available for each month closer to the date.

ECO-SPIRITUALITY READING CIRCLE 2020: Tuesday 11 February, 5.00 - 6.30pm

The Eco-Spirituality Reading Circle meets four times a year. In 2020 we will explore the spirituality of indigenous Australians across the year. The specific text will be made available in advance either by email or by visiting the library. This reading circle is …


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2020 "Carmelite Family" RESIDENTIAL RETREAT WEEKEND: Friday 3, Saturday 4, Sunday 5 April (Palm Sunday weekend)

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Two residential retreat opportunities in 2020 - one in April and one in August - at the beautiful location of Santa Casa in Queenscliff. The April retreat will be facilitated by Fr Matthew McPhee OCarm and Fr Paul Sireh OCarm. …

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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