Exploring God’s Love with Julian of Norwich
Presenter: Sheila Upjohn
“All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well”.
Julian’s book had to be kept secret for centuries because her God-given insights were so far from the teaching of the Church in her 14th Century. Today we are open to the healing message she was given – the message that God’s anger is nothing but a projection of our own wrath and that, in spite of sin, all manner of thing shall be well.
Guided Retreat: A Week with St Therese of Lisieux
Presenter: Fr Aloysius Rego, OCD
Therese is a favourite saint of our present Holy Father, Pope Francis.
Through her writings St Therese of Lisieux made a profound impact in the Catholic world and beyond in her short life. During this week-long retreat we will reflect on selected themes in Therese’s life and spirituality.
Gregorian Chant Workshop & Retreat.
Presenter: Tony Vaughan, (Director, Schola Cantorum of Brisbane)
A weekend learning Gregorian Chant, suitable for both beginners and those familiar with singing chant.
A weekend workshop & retreat, providing instruction in Chant, and allowing people to appreciate the beauty and spirituality of this unaccompanied vocal singing – which is a musical treasure of the Catholic Church.
Vatican II Council proclaimed that: “Gregorian chant should be given pride of place in the liturgy”.
A practical event, enabling participants to learn & sing chants for: two Masses & Benediction.
Singing psalms, both in Latin & English, will also be covered.
A special feature this year will be to learn & sing the great hymn of praise the “Te Deum”, dating back to 4th Century AD.
The Baptismal Call to service of the world
Presenter: Fr David Orr, OSB
An opportunity to enrich your life through knowledge of the Baptismal Priesthood for life.
This retreat will explore our priestly role at Mass, in our families, in our neighbourhood, in our school and in our world.
The Rule of St Albert
Presenter: Bishop Greg Homeming, OCD
Since the beginning of the 13th century, Carmelites have tried to live lives modelled on the Gospels and the Rule of St Albert.
This Rule of life is simple, biblical and direct. It recognises what ordinary people need to do in order to live a life of allegiance to Jesus Christ. It gives us principles which we can use to live solid, spiritual and integrated lives in the contemporary world.
Let Luke lead you to the Lord in 2019
Presenter: Br Emmanuel Noel, OCD
In 2019, Luke’s Gospel is read at Sunday Mass. How can understanding his Gospel bring me closer to God?
Make 2019 a more spiritually fruitful year by appreciating Luke’s wonderful depiction of all that Jesus did and taught (see Acts 1:1) during his earthly life. In this day retreat, we will explore his major themes of Salvation, Discipleship, Mercy, and Women. But more importantly, we will see how Luke connects with our own current, everyday life. Join us and let Luke lead you closer to the Lord.
An Advent Retreat
Fr Gerard Moran, OCD
Come Lord Jesus!
In Advent we cry out “Come, Lord Jesus!” Let us prepare to enter this season of hope by reflecting and praying on the liturgical and scriptural texts of this beautiful season of the Church’s year.
In this day of prayer and silence let us explore together how the Lord gives us hope as we await his coming” “Come, Lord Jesus!”
Living and Waiting in Hope
Presenter: Steven Miller
Advent with John Henry Newman
Pope St John Paul II in his apostolic letter written at the start of the 21st century wrote that Christians entering a new millennium needed above all a renewed understanding of the virtue of hope. The homilies and writings of John Henry Newman give profound insights into the life of faith lived in hope. He taught that Hope was the anchor in the midst of uncertainties, bringing stability, serenity and joy.
In Newman’s teaching hope gives an “advent” character to Christian living. “We are not simply to believe”, he wrote “but to watch; not simply to love, but to watch; not simply to obey, but to watch; to watch for what? For that great event, Christ’s coming.” For Newman this was not merely the coming of the Lord at the end of time, but more importantly the advent of God in the events of everyday life.
The last ten years have been the most difficult for the church in Australia.
We will spend time trying to find God in the midst of this crisis, and seek a way forward to become a more humble, open, transparent and Christ-centred Church.
Presenter: John Charadia and artist tutors
Through practical experience in artistic forms we will reflect on the spirituality of creative process.
Deep reflective thinking involves imaging, meditation and intuition allowing us to pay attention to our uniqueness and be fully present, trusting our responses and ways of knowing that arise in the creative process.