Growing in the ways of prayer

Spiritual Childhood, Saintly Parenthood @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Feb 1 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Presenter:  Br Adalbert Imperial, OCD

As the relics of the Little Flower and her saintly parents, St’s Louis and Zelie, tour Australia, join us as we explore how Thérèse’s spiritual childhood developed as she grew up with saintly parents.

Therese and her Parents: God’s Messengers in a Changing World @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Feb 14 @ 6:10 pm – Feb 16 @ 1:30 pm

Presenter:  Fr Gerard Moran, OCD

At the core of the life of the Church is the daily living of the Gospel in simplicity, ‘the little way’. Therese learned this in the bosom of her family, deepened it on ‘the mount of Carmel’ and taught it in the confusion of an emerging modern world. This weekend will give us the time to meditate on this message to prepare for the Plenary Council.

“Journey to the Centre!” @ mt carmel retreat centre
Mar 7 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Presenter:  Fr Gerard Moran, OCD

Like a powerful magnetic force, the Mystery of the Lord’s Death and Resurrection draws us to the centre of our Faith and of the mystery of our own existence during these days of Lent; let us allow ourselves to be drawn.

Artists retreat @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Mar 13 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 15 @ 1:30 pm

Facilitated by John Charadia.

Through the artistic process and the Divine imagination, we are able to experience the sacred and transcendent in everyday life.  

Joining the dots @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Mar 20 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 22 @ 1:30 pm

Presenter:  Bishop Greg Homeming, OCD

Divine Providence and the Will of God are pervasive forces in our lives. Whether we are aware of this, whether we move with or against the Will of God, Providence is real. Spirituality helps us recognise God and disposes us to work with God’s Will. Being at one with the Will of God is true freedom.”

Taize Retreat @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Apr 3 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 5 @ 1:30 pm

“The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it”

We face a world in which there is less certainty and we find it difficult to know who to turn to and trust. We encounter situations in which resources are becoming scarcer, employment is less secure, politics is losing its effectiveness, house prices are insane, worldwide geopolitics is being transformed, and the Christian church is in decline. Using songs from Taizé, this weekend will draw us more deeply into the mystery of a God who truly loves us, and walks alongside each us. A God who meets us in moments which we experience as Calvary and calls us to a life of conversion, trusting that God is with us even at moments when we feel overwhelmed. In doing so, we can become aware of a simple reality – it is possible to find an inner peace, even joy, in the midst of darkness.

While we target people who are between 18 – 35, all are welcome.

Lazarus, come out! @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Apr 4 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Presenter:  Lorraine Murphy, OCDS

A Day of Recollection on Gospel John 11 – Lazarus, come out!

Exploring relationship in the company of Jesus. Are we really a resurrection people?

Holy Week & Easter @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Apr 8 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 12 @ 1:30 pm

Presenters: Carmelite Team

The Carmelite Community at Mount Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville invites you to come, prepare and celebrate with us the Most Holy Triduum of the Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. The retreat begins with dinner on Wednesday 17 April and concludes after morning Mass on Easter Sunday, 21 April.

The Easter “Triduum”, which extends from the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday until the Evening Prayer of Easter Sunday, is the kernel of the Church’s Liturgical Year.

This retreat is conducted in an atmosphere of silence and reflection. There will be a talk in the morning to prepare for the liturgy of the day. You are most welcome to participate in the Prayer of the Church (The Divine Office) and to be actively involved in the Liturgy, for example in proclaiming the Word and being part of the choir. An opportunity of celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered. Come and join us

The challenge and the blessing of responding to Jesus as the Messiah @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
May 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Presenter:  Dr Robert Gascoigne, Emeritus Professor, School of Theology, Australian Catholic University

When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?”  Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them.  And blessed is anyone who takes no offence at me.”  (Matthew 11:2-6)

Call To Interior Prayer @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
May 29 @ 6:00 pm – May 31 @ 1:30 pm

Presenter: Fr Paul Maunder, OCD

What is the journey to God through interior prayer? How can we use meditation and contemplation using the insights of the Carmelite Saints, and what helps does God give us along this way.

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