Our October news offers on-line opportunities to stay connected.

The most popular zoom gathering is our Friday morning Lectio guided by Fr David Hofman. Our monthly Carmelite Conversation is also an enriching experience. This month we also have a Spiritual Reading Group and the last topic in the Spiritual Horizons Program.

We look forward to you joining us in whatever way you can. Health in the Lord and blessings of the Holy Spirit. We welcome your phone calls and emails always.

via zoom: Eco-Spirituality Reading Circle: Sand Talk, Tuesday 29 September, 5.00 - 6.30pm

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In 2020 the Eco-Spirituality Reading Circle is progressively reading the book Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World by Tyson Yunkaporta (Published by Text Publishing Melbourne 2019). Pre-read for this meeting is chapters 10, 11 and 12. This reading circle is for …

via zoom: Carmelite Conversation: The Church post-COVID - inspiration from the Carmelite Rule, with Hugh Brown OCarm, Wednesday 7 October, 10.30am

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Teresa Paradowski has prepared a paper on The Carmelite Rule also known as The Rule of St Albert, for pre-reading and the zoom session will be facilitated by Hugh Brown, OCarm. Questions to consider: What can be drawn from the Rule about the role of prayer in the Church today? How do you understand 'church' and your own participation? …

via zoom: Spiritual Reading Group, 'Heart Speaks to Heart' John Henry Newman, with Brian Harold, Tuesday 20 October, 4.30pm

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This presentation by Brian Harold will include a reading of some of Newman's poems and some discussion of two of his less often mentioned writings - one on "Laity" and the other an oratory paper which includes the quotation: “If we would aim at perfection, we must perform well the the duties of the day. I do not know anything more difficult, …

via zoom: Carmelite Spiritual Horizons: Justice and Peace in the Carmelite Tradition, with Clare McArdle, Thursday 22 and 29 October, 3.00 - 4.30pm

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This is the fourth topic in the study series "Carmelite Spiritual Horizons." Facilitated by Clare McArdle, this session is the first of two parts on the same topic. The reading material includes two papers: Justice and the Integrity of Creation, and Biblical Spirituality: the Struggle for Justice and Peace. …

via zoom: Carmelite Conversation: Ruth Burrows ocd "Interior Castle Explored", with Bernadette Micallef, Wednesday 4 November, 10.30am

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This month's conversation will discuss Ruth Burrow's book on Teresa's Interior Castle. Some pre-reading will be available before the session. This discussion will be an open sharing of reflections, experiences and questions. From the back cover: INTERIOR CASTLE is a penetrating interpretation of St Teresa of Avila’s central teaching on prayer. …
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TUESDAY: Centering Prayer

  • Join us at home Tuesdays at 1.00pm (or a time that suits). Reflections by Kathryn Pile are added to the website for each weekly session.
  • View an introductory youtube by Kathryn Pile.
  • Click for more information and a Meditation app.

THURSDAY: Meditation

  • Join us from your own home in weekly Meditation, Thursday evening at 7.00pm (or a time that suits). Reflections by Peter Thomas are added to the website for each weekly session.These are available to either listen to or read.
  • Listen to a series of podcasts by Peter Thomas here.
  • The 4-Week Meditation program booklet prepared by Peter Thomas is available for a cost of $12 including postage. This booklet can be purchased here.

FRIDAY: Lectio Divina - via zoom

  • Pray the scriptures with us every Friday morning at 10.00am.
  • Notes from David Hofman OCarm for each week are progressively available here.
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PASTORAL SUPERVISION via Skype, Zoom, FaceTime

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. To make an appointment, for more information and to listen to a podcast by Damien Peile click here.

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During these unusual times Spiritual Direction conversations can provide support amidst the joy, sorrows and challenges. Spiritual Direction is a series of conversations about your experience of life as it is today, in the light of your faith or values. To book an appointment, for more information and to listen to a podcast by Bernadette Micallef click here.



Members of the Carmelite Library are advised of a return to 'request and collect' circulation. Collection is available on Fridays. Please email me for loan requests or phone for further information on 0411 253 599. It would be good to hear from you. Philip Harvey

During this time of isolation, the Library blog has a wealth of articles to read from past Spiritual Reading Groups, Carmelite Conversations and other reflections to support and encourage you. Discover what is available here.