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SYMPOSIUM: ‘The Once and Future Reformation’: The Way of the Spirit. Thurs 25 – Sat 27 May

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Articles, Featured Events | Comments Off on SYMPOSIUM: ‘The Once and Future Reformation’: The Way of the Spirit. Thurs 25 – Sat 27 May

An opportunity to talk about the current need for renewal and reformation today, in the churches and in the world. Our Symposium will be diverse, ecumenical, and imaginative. Join us for three days of lectures, reflections and discussion on ways of learning from the past, of living in the present and of looking to the future.

Keynote speaker: Francis Moloney SDB, AM, STD, D. Phil. (Oxon), D. Univ. (ACU), FAHA

Thursday evening 7.30-9.30 he will speak on “Reform: Spirituality and the Person of Jesus: Christian Holiness as Deification (Theiosis).”
A talk which points to the strength of the Lutheran (and others) return to the Word of  God and the person of Jesus, and ask where we can go from there in terms of a spirituality.

A full schedule of events is now available for booking.  The trybooking link is https://www.trybooking.com/273099

‘The Once and Future Reformation : The Way of the Spirit’. The Carmelite Centre Symposium

DAY ONE Thursday the 25th of May

Welcome 10.30 am

Philip Harvey – Welcome

Ken Petersen O.Carm.

Dialogue Today and Tomorrow

Session One 11.30-1.00 pm

David Moore

Mysticism of Teilhard de Chardin: A Solution to the Modern Religious Crisis

Carol McDonough

Seeking the Way of the Spirit living Jesus’ commands to love: for Christians, our church in our world, learning from our past, for our future hope through Love in our present

Session Two 2.30-4.00 pm

Glenn Loughrey

The Way of the Heart: One with the Heavens and the Earth

Ruth Harrison

Ancient Roots, New Expressions: How the Spirituality and Praxis of Christian Contemplatives are being reshaped by the demands of living in an Evolving Universe and a Planet in ecological crisis

Session Three 4.30-6.00 pm

Talitha Fraser

Street, Seminary and Sacred: Expressions of Theological Animation and Activism in Victoria

David Buller

Holy Disruption : A Quaker Experience of Reformation Then and Now

Session Four 7.30-9.30 pm

Keynote speaker: Francis Moloney

Reform: Spirituality and the Person of Jesus: Christian Holiness as Deification (Theiosis).
A talk which points to the strength of the Lutheran (and others) return to the Word of God and the person of Jesus, and ask where we can go from there in terms of a spirituality.

DAY TWO Friday the 26th of May

Session Five 9.30-11 am

Marlene Marburg

Becoming a Real Presence to Each Other: Beyond Resistance to Co-creation

Bernadette Miles

Strengthening Spirit – Releasing Potential: spiritual formation for the New Axial Age

Session Six 11.30-1.00 pm

Jan Morgan & Graeme Garrett

‘And they couldn’t even read Eggplant!’: a New Pentecost? Or, on being Monoglots in a Speaking
world

Simon Moyle

Monasticism, New and Old

Session Seven 2.30-4.00 pm

Lynne Reeder

New and Old Treasures: Wonder, Awe, and Creativity in Today’s Spirituality

Sherry Balcombe & Robyn Reynolds

Spirituality and Land: Let’s hear Aboriginal Voices

DAY THREE Saturday the 27th of May

Retreat morning 10.00-noon

Bernadette Micallef

The Way of the Spirit: Personal Experience.

Library Lecture: Moments of Grace with Gerald O’Collins: Tuesday 6 June 7 – 9 pm

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Articles, Featured Events | Comments Off on Library Lecture: Moments of Grace with Gerald O’Collins: Tuesday 6 June 7 – 9 pm

What can lectio divina or ‘holy reading’ look like in practice? What might come to the surface if we surrender ourselves to some biblical passages, which belong to Pentecost (this year on 4 June ), and let the Spirit lead us? Author or co-author of 68 published books, including most recently Letters to Nevie (St Paul’s Publishing, London).

BOOK HERE   and pay cash on the night.

Book via try booking and pay with credit card.

Mid-Winter Retreat: Taizé prayer: Sat 24 June 10am – 3 pm

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Articles, Featured Events | Comments Off on Mid-Winter Retreat: Taizé prayer: Sat 24 June 10am – 3 pm

Taizé prayer provides a space to be yourself, to pray, to be silent and to listen to God. The prayer is beautiful, meditative and a joy to experience.

The Taizé in Melbourne group are an ecumenical team of volunteers who organise Taizé prayer at different Churches around the city. They also liaise with the Taizé Brothers to organise events when the Brothers visit Melbourne every couple of years. For more information please visit: www.facebook.com/groups/taize.melb

BOOK HERE and pay on the day

or BOOK via trybooking.com/QEOK

 

Spiritual Direction: Conversations about your life in the light of your faith or values

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in Articles, Featured Events | Comments Off on Spiritual Direction: Conversations about your life in the light of your faith or values

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The Carmelite Centre Melbourne seeks to provide a contemplative space to facilitate spiritual journeys and personal growth. Spiritual Direction is one of the services offered. It is available through conversations about your life in the light of your faith or values.

The focus is on your spiritual journey through the day to day experiences of your life. These conversations assist discernment of what is life-giving for you, and what is binding you or holding you back from becoming all you have the potential to be. With greater clarity and self-knowledge you can then choose the way forward on the spiritual journey with greater freedom.

Spiritual Direction conversations are times set aside for yourself; times to talk and to be heard; times for focused attention on what’s important to you. There is no set agenda or prescriptive process but rather an openness and attentiveness to your deepest longings as they emerge.

2017 Spiritual Direction flyer

 

 

When can Spiritual Direction be helpful?
Spiritual Direction can be particularly helpful if you feel a need for change in your life in response to a calling to a deeper spiritual life; or feel stuck and dissatisfied in your spiritual journey; or when you are dealing with difficult circumstances; or when you feel a desire to talk at a deeper level than day-to-day conversations allow; or have a persistent yearning for a more intimate relationship with God. Speaking about what’s happening, receiving the undivided attention of another, focused on what matters to you, can in itself be most helpful, supportive and encouraging on your spiritual journey.
Is Spiritual Direction different from counselling?
The main focus in Spiritual Direction is your spiritual journey. The main focus of counselling is problem solving. Both deal with the concrete reality of your experience of life and both encourage deepening self-knowledge. In counselling such self-knowledge serves the purpose of dealing with the problem or on-going difficult life situation. In Spiritual Direction such self-knowledge enables greater freedom to respond to the fullness of life to which God is calling you, that is, to more fully become the unique person you are created to be. With an appropriate counsellor, counselling can certainly facilitate this journey too without being the primary focus.
How are Spiritual Directors trained?
The qualification of ‘Spiritual Director’ is through a Graduate Diploma which involves both theory and practice. Spiritual Directors themselves receive regular Spiritual Direction and also Professional Supervision.
Who are the Spiritual Directors?
Bernadette Micallef qualified as a Spiritual Director at the Heart of Life Spirituality Centre in 2011 and has been working at The Carmelite Centre since 2012. She is married with three sons (two young adults and a teenager) and has been a lay member of the Carmelite Order since 1991. She has a Bachelor of Theology and a Graduate Diploma in Spirituality (Spiritual Direction) from YTU and is currently studying for a Master of Theology (Carmelite Studies).

Damien Peile is The Carmelite Centre Pastoral Adviser. Damien is available as a Spiritual Companion and draws on his professional qualifications in counselling and theology as well as his many years experience and commitment to supporting others on the spiritual journey.
Can I get to Middle Park by public transport?
No. 12 Tram from Collins St to stop 135 (on Mills Street) then 220 m walk down Richardson Street.
No. 96 Tram from Bourke St to stop 129 (on Canterbury Rd) then 450 m walk down Wright Street.

 

If you are interested in finding out more about Spiritual Direction or making an appointment, please contact us by email info@thecarmelitecentremelbourne.org

Download our 2017 Program Brochure!

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Articles | Comments Off on Download our 2017 Program Brochure!

The 2017 program brochure can be downloaded  here . It includes:

  • Weekly Meditation,
  • Spiritual Direction,
  • Reading Groups,
  • New Spiritual Learning Circle
  • Prayer Group,
  • Talks on topics of interest,
  • Library Lectures,
  • Retreats,
  • May Symposium,
  • November Pilgrimage.

You can also subscribe to our monthly newsletter on right hand side of page

2016 Full Program

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Articles | Comments Off on 2016 Full Program

The full program is available so you can look ahead and mark important dates in your diary. The program includes weekly Meditation and Lectio Divina; monthly Spiritual Reading Group and Eco Spiritual Reading Circle; a Symposium on Creation Spirituality in May; regular retreat days or mornings; four Tuesday morning “Carmelite Conversations”; four Library Lectures; and the annual Carmelite Way Pilgrimage.

The full 2016 Program is available to download. this is the program as planned at the beginning of the year. Unfortunately some events have since been cancelled. Please check the ‘events’ listing for these changes.

Events will be featured progressively and booking made available.

2016 program header2016 Feb to July2016 first three boxes2016 Aug to Oct

2016 Nov to Dec

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The Carmelite Library: you are welcome to come and browse

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Articles, Featured Events | Comments Off on The Carmelite Library: you are welcome to come and browse

Located within the Carmelite Centre precinct The Carmelite Library of Spirituality and Mysticism is a popular resource centre for all things spiritual.

You are most welcome to visit the Library to browse. You can also become a Library member and borrow from our extensive collection.

The Carmelite Library is situated in the Carmelite Hall at 214 Richardson Street, Middle Park 3206. It is open :

Tuesday: 12 midday – 8.00pm
Wednesday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Thursday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Friday: 9.00am – 5.00pm

Philip Harvey (Librarian) and Susan Southall, Simone Pereira, Graham Dudley and Peter Maddock (Library Assistants) provide care and support in the Carmelite Library, home to many hundreds of books, arguably one of the largest collections of theological and spiritual books in the nation.

librarian@carmelitelibrary.org

library website

Phone: +61 (03) 9682 8553
Fax: +61 (03) 9699 1944

Philip’s library blog is available to interested readers.

Carmelite Library 2016 flyer photo

After the Symposium: read a report by Catherine Sheehan

Posted by on Jun 26, 2016 in Articles | Comments Off on After the Symposium: read a report by Catherine Sheehan

The Creation Spirituality Symposium was held in May. 

Read about it here. 

Care for all that Exists: A Symposium on Creation Spirituality. The title of this year’s Symposium is from the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si, a core summary of Saint Francis’ Canticle. The three day event involves a wide range of outstanding speakers on the theology and spirituality of Creation. The symposium is broad-ranging and includes scriptural, cosmological, scientific and activist interpretations.

Denis EdwardsKey Note Speaker: Professor Denis Edwards
Australian Catholic University, Adelaide

‘Deep Incarnation: The Meaning of Incarnation for the Natural World’

‘I taught theology at Flinders University in Adelaide before joining ACU at the beginning of 2014. Adelaide has always been my home, and I am a priest of the archdiocese, attached to Tranmere parish. My post-graduate studies were at Fordham in New York and The Catholic University of America in Washington DC, where my doctoral supervisor was Avery Dulles, and my dissertation was on the dynamics in faith in John of the Cross and Karl Rahner. In recent years I have taught mainly in Christology, Trinity and some ecclesiology. In the light of evolutionary science, and because of the ecological crisis we face, I have been exploring a theology of the natural world and trying to ground it in the heart of Christian faith.’

You can book for ALL or PART of the Symposium here

download 2016 Symposium CREATION SPIRITUALITY Program

 

2016 Symposium photo of flyer

 

 

 

Spiritual Reading Group: presenters and topics for 2016

Posted by on Mar 6, 2016 in Articles | Comments Off on Spiritual Reading Group: presenters and topics for 2016

From 4.30 to 6.00pm on the third Tuesday of each month we explore a particular text from a mystic or spiritual thinker.

2016 presenters and topics:

August: Calligraphy

book here for August 16th

September: Bata Bardak on the Philokalia

book here for September 20th

October: Susan Southall on David Jones

book here for October 18th

November: Angela Gallipoli on Richard Rohr

book here for November 15th

 

You are welcome to join any of the monthly meetings of the Spiritual Reading Group. Sessions are held in the friendly atmosphere of the Carmelite Library.

 

 

 

 

 

Carmelite Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation

Posted by on Dec 25, 2015 in Articles, Past Events | Comments Off on Carmelite Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation

Here for your reflection is the Christmas edition of the JPIC newsletter.

May we wish you abundant blessings, may peace dwell in your heart,
and the wonder of Creation fill your spirit with joy in this Holy Season.

From the

Carmelite Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation Team

Paul Gurr, Denis Andrew and Gabrielle Fogarty