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

DAY OF PRAYER: Saturday 3 August, 10am - 3pm

From Liturgy to Laundry: Prayer in Everyday Life with Simon Carey Holt

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Do you long for a deeper sense of God in your life? Do you crave a more daily connection with the beauty of God? If prayer is to become more than the liturgy of Sunday morning, we need practices of prayer that are earthed in the daily routines of life. In this one-day seminar, we’ll explore the possibility of God’s …

CARMELITE CONVERSATIONS: Wednesday 7 August, 10.30 - 12noon

Teresa of Avila's Visionary Meditations with Katherine Blyth

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Teresa of Avila’s Meditations on the Song of Songs (1571-1577) was written to explain Teresa’s revelation of scripture and prayer to her reformed Carmelite daughters. This month's conversation is about Teresa’s meditations within the interpretive framework of vision. The scriptural references and allusions in meditations form the focus of the …

ECO-SPIRITUALITY READING CIRCLE: Tuesday 13 August, 5.00 - 6.30pm

The Eco-Spirituality Reading Circle is for those intrigued by the contemporary scientific story of the origins of the universe and the evolution of life, and for those who want to articulate a spirituality that embraces this awareness and informs their living. All welcome to join the discussion …

SPIRITUAL READING GROUP: Tuesday 20 August, 4.30 - 6.00pm

Evelyn Underhill: Transfiguring the gap between the seen and the unseen, with Carol O'Connor

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For Evelyn Underhill we are called to nurture a ‘life in which all that we do comes from the centre where we are anchored in God.’ Born upper middle class towards the end of the Victorian Era, Evelyn Underhill experienced personally and culturally many changes in her life. When she died, at the beginning of World War II, she left …

Library Lecture 3: Tuesday 27 August, 7.00 - 9.00pm

An Introduction to Bookbinding by members of the Victorian Bookbinders' Guild

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This very hands-on demonstration of some of the techniques of bookbinding will be of interest to those who might fall into the category of bibliophiles. It will be a semi-formal approach to the teaching of the subject and the work of the Guild with lots of hands-on experience and opportunities for asking questions.
Supper will be provided and …

CARMELITE CONVERSATIONS: Wed 4 September, 10.30am - 12 noon

The Carmelite Story: Journey of the Heart with Irene Hayes:

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Join the conversation about this unique Carmelite journey of the heart which spans more than 800 years. Drawing on the work of the Carmelite author John Welch OCarm, this session will focus attention on several themes in his influential book The Carmelite Way: An Ancient Path for Today’s Pilgrim. …

The 2019 Carmelite Way Pilgrimage INFORMATION EVENING: Wednesday 11 September, 6.30pm – 8.00pm

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Led by Carmelite Paul Sireh OCarm, you are invited to join us for our TENTH annual pilgrimage along the beautiful Lilydale Warburton Rail Trail culminating at the Sancta Sophia Meditation Centre. Come along and find out more at the free information evening …

BOOK NOW for the 10th Annual CARMELITE PILGRIMAGE: Friday 8 November to Sunday 10 November via

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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