via zoom: Carmelite Conversations, A Lover's Quest: Relationship in John of the Cross with Bernadette Micallef, Wednesday 6 December, 10.30am to 12.00pm


10:30 AM - 12:00 PM


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PLEASE NOTE THE PRESENTER CHANGE: Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, Fr Paul Maunder OCD is not available for Wednesday’s session as planned. However, Fr Paul’s notes will be made available to all who had booked.

Bernadette Micallef will present on A Lover’s Quest: Relationship in John of the Cross in honour of the upcoming feast day of St John of the Cross. The session will explore John’s poem and his commentary “Dark Night” and seek to reveal an understanding of relationships, both human and divine, which ever invite us into a new depth of love.

All welcome to join. Please book below.

Please note the time zone is Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)  The event is being hosted from Melbourne at 10:30 am during Daylight Savings time so please check your local time.

Meeting ID: 843 9359 0639
Passcode: 038757


In her book The Science of the Cross, Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) gives interesting insights into the spiritual theology of John of the Cross. In this session Fr Paul will explore some of her insights and their relevance for our own spiritual lives today.

“The great Spanish mystic, John of the Cross, was formerly little known in Germany and German-speaking countries, and Sr Teresa Benedicta, the Carmelite whom we also remember as Edith Stein the philosopher, wished to make her sisters better acquainted with him and his mystical writings. An excellent opportunity arose on the occasion of the celebration of the fourth centenary of St John of the Cross’s birth in 1542. Edith was asked to write a kind of Festschrift for the “father” of Carmel, and so Science of the Cross came into existence.” (from the translator’s note in the ICS edition, 2002.)


About the facilitator: Fr Paul Maunder is a friar of the Carmelite Reform of St Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross (Discalced Carmelites). He is an experienced spiritual director whose special study is the interior life as taught by St Teresa. His positions have included community prior, novice master, student master, and parish priest. Formerly a Medical Technologist working in Sydney University and various hospitals and private pathology laboratories, he now holds a Master of Theology Degree, Sydney College of Divinity.

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The Carmelite Conversations will continue in 2024. Keep an eye on the website for more information.


Bookings are closed for this event.