Our 2020 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.

In March we have many opportunities for further LENTEN REFLECTION. also LISTEN to the new PODCASTS. They can be found under Support on the website. We look forward to seeing you at the Carmelite Centre soon. 214 Richardson Street, Middle Park.

PARISH LENTEN PROGRAM 2020: Opportunities during Lent

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You are invited to use some or all of these opportunities during Lent and make space and time to support your faith journey. Please check the individual events on the website for more information about each of these offerings.


"CARMELITE FAMILY" RESIDENTIAL RETREAT: Friday 3 April to Sunday 5 April, with Matthew McPhee OCarm and Paul Sireh OCarm.

This "Carmelite Family" retreat is for all those interested in and influenced by Carmelite Spirituality. In the beautiful setting of Santa Casa, Queenscliff, it is a silent residential retreat: a reflective experience to mature and deepen our spirituality. Each day Fr Matthew will lead a Eucharist celebration and some talks to nurture and inspire personal prayer times. …

CARMELITE CONVERSATIONS: A Reading of the Poetry of Jessica Powers with Philip Harvey, Wednesday 4 March, 10.30 - 12noon

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Jessica Powers (1905-1988) lived most of her life in the state of Wisconsin in the United States, over half of that in the Carmel of the Mother of God ... She took the name Sister Miriam of the Holy Spirit when she received the habit at the age of 37. Jessica started writing poetry when she was a teenager …

CARMELITE SPIRITUAL HORIZONS: Seasons of the Heart with David Hofman OCarm, Thursday 12 and 19 March, 3.00pm - 4.30pm

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The first topic in the new "Carmeltie Spiritual Horizons" series is Seasons of the Heart facilitated by David Hofman OCarm over two consecutive Thursdays. First part on Thursday 12th March and the second part on Thursday 19th March. Inspired by a global project of the Carmelite Order, this series explores …

SPIRITUAL READING GROUP: Walt Whitman: The Transcendent Soul, with Susan Southall, Tuesday 17 March, 4.30 - 6.00pm

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American poet Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892), best known for his vigorous celebration of democracy, was also a late Transcendentalist, inspired by the grandeur of nature to an almost mystical release of the soul. As a nurse in the American Civil War, he saw in the men he tended “the face of the Christ himself, Dead and divine and brother …

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.