Throughout 2020 our Program offers diverse opportunities for stillness and silence; to meet with others; to listen and discuss aspects of the spiritual journey; and to reflect on how contemplative practice can be part of our everyday life.

New in 2020: Creative Spirituality Workshops; Tuesday afternoon Meditation; Carmelite Spiritual Horizons; and Pastoral Supervision.

Here is what we have on offer in February. We look forward to seeing you at the Carmelite Centre soon. 214 Richardson Street, Middle Park.

CARMELITE CONVERSATIONS: Wednesday 5 February, 10.30 - 12noon

a personal sharing with participants

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The first "Carmelite Conversation" for the year invites your participation. Bring along a favourite piece of Carmelite writing, prayer, poem or reflection. We can share with each other some aspect of the Carmelite tradition that holds a personal story. You are welcome to come along to listen to others, without sharing, if you feel more comfortable to participate in this …

CREATIVE SPIRITUALITY: CHANTING: Saturday 8, 15, 22, 29 February, 11.00am - noon with Susan Frykberg 11am - noon

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Join us in chanting old and new Christian chants. No musical ability required, nor prior experience in chanting. This series of chanting workshops is part of the new "Creative Spirituality" program which grew out of the 2019 Symposium on Ways of Seeing. …

CREATIVE SPIRITUALITY: Art-Journaling with Pam Cox, begins Tuesday 11 February, 10.30 - 12.00 noon

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The Creative Spirituality Workshops on Art-Journaling will be held fortnightly in February, March and April, beginning on Tuesday 11 February. Please book now for the series of six sessions. Full details are included …

CREATIVE SPIRITUALITY: Poetry with Philip Harvey, Tuesday 11 February, 4.30 - 6.30pm

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The Creative Spirituality Workshops on Poetry will be held once a month on the second Tuesday. The first one is Tuesday 11 February. Please book now for the series of ten sessions. Full details are included …

ECO-SPIRITUALITY READING CIRCLE: Tuesday February 11, 5.00 - 6.30 pm in the Malone Room

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 …

INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION: Saturday 15 February, 10.00am - 1.00pm with Kathryn Pile and Matthew McPhee OCarm

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This reflection morning will introduce a way of Christian contemplative meditation using Centering Prayer. Centering Prayer works with the heart. It’s a surrender method, a practice based on letting go of thoughts as they arise, deepening a relationship with God. There will be time to practice this method, have discussion on the experience, and time set aside for personal reflection. …

SPIRITUAL READING GROUP: Briege McKenna's message: Jesus is always present, with Hugh Morrison, Tuesday 18 February, 4.30 - 6.00pm

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Sr. Briege McKenna in 1946. “Since being healed of crippling arthritis at age 24, she has developed an international ministry of healing and evangelism that has taken her all over the world, ..." The central part of her message is based on a vision she had …

CARMELITE SPIRITUAL HORIZONS: Introduction to Discernment with Jamie Miller, Thursday 20 February, 2.00pm - 4.30pm

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Our new program of events "Carmelite Spiritual Horizons" is a development of the Thursday afternoon "Carmelite Spiritual Learning Circle." This first introductory session focuses on discernment. Full details of the study program are …

EVENING TALK: The Gospel of Matthew: a unique portrayal of Jesus, with Hugh Brown OCarm, Tuesday 25 February, 7 - 9pm

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This year the Church uses the Gospel of St Matthew in the liturgy. This two hour session will look at the uniqueness of Matthew’s Gospel; how it came into existence and the unique way it portrays Jesus as the fulfiller of Israel’s hopes. It will also look at how Matthew understands Jesus as the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets. …

Tuesday Afternoon Weekly Meditation 1.00pm

This program draws on the Christian tradition of meditation from the heart centre, using themes from spiritual writing and scripture, to help us experience beyond limited intellect, the total mind we call Heart, deepen a way of being in God’s Presence.

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. …


Pastoral Supervision provides professional and personal support to people working in Church ministry. Offered in a trusting and confidential setting, the benefits can include improved workplace relationships, renewed sense of vocation, clarity of roles, support and managing stress.


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.