Our December news offers opportunities to join us on-line and nourish your spirit as we enter the season of Advent. There's also an informal Park Gathering to reconnect in person with Carmelite Centre friends & community. Please join us in whatever way you can. We welcome your phone calls and emails always.

We also look forward to sharing the journey with you in 2021 even though our program will be somewhat reduced due to decreased funding, so please consider donating to help us continue our work.

Health in the Lord and blessings of the Holy Spirit.

via zoom: Carmelite Conversation: Saint John of the Cross, the Poetry of Prayer, with Br Matthew Tonini OCarm, Wednesday 2 December 10.30am

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During this Carmelite Conversation Matthew will facilitate a conversation engaging with some of John’s poetry and explore how poetry can engage, support and nourish us in our spiritual lives. John's prayer, expressed in the language of poetry, draws us into a deeper knowing …

in person: Park Gathering, Saturday 12 December 10.00am - midday. ALL WELCOME

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Join us on Saturday morning 12 December at St Vincent Gardens in South Melbourne for a casual hello and catch up. BYO seats, drinks and/or nibbles. It is a beautiful peaceful park. Sometimes there is a mobile coffee truck across the road in Ferrars St and cafes nearby. Numbers are limited to 50 so we'd like to hear if you …

The Journey of Advent - from Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus! to Emmanuel. God-is-with-us!

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The Season of Advent begins this weekend. The word “advent” means appearing, arrival, to come. Advent is the Church’s time of preparation for celebrating God’s gift of his Son. Our liturgy will gather the great Advent themes of hope, expectation and preparation. Advent is a season of joyful expectation.
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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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People regularly tell us that they are grateful for the Carmelite Centre as it provides an oasis of spiritual nourishment, creating a calmer and hope-filled life.
Our program offers opportunities on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. This enables individuals to develop a rhythm that leads to a more meaningful and purposeful life.
Read some of their stories here. Email your own story to be included.
Your support helps us keep going!
Donate to the Carmelite Centre here.



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 via Skype, Zoom, FaceTime or in person, for more information and to listen to a podcast by Damien Peile click here.

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Spiritual Direction conversations can provide support amidst the joy, sorrows and challenges of everyday life. 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, via zoom or in person, for more information and to listen to a podcast by Bernadette Micallef click here.


Members of the Carmelite Library are advised that the Library has re-opened. The hours are now Wednesday: 9.00am – 5.00pm and Friday: 9.00am – 5.00pm.
The library will close for the summer on Friday 11 December 2020. Only a few weeks left to borrow your holiday reading.