Growing in the ways of prayer

“Laudato Si, mi’ Signore” @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Mar 2 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Presenter: Fr Michael Dyer

A prayerful and interactive encounter with creation

“Praise be to you, my Lord”: In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us”. Today’s retreat will encourage you to bend your knees and pray in solidarity with all creatures. Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Laudato si, the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, the natural world and fellow retreatants will be your spiritual companions for this journey.

Where to from here? @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Mar 22 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 24 @ 1:15 pm

Presenter: Bishop Greg Homeming, OCD

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.

Praying with the Doctors : St John of the Cross, St Teresa of Avila and St Therese of Lisieux @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Mar 26 @ 10:30 am – Mar 27 @ 1:30 pm

Presenters: Fr Aloysius Rego, OCD and Mr Geoff Stumbles

Through gaining an understanding of these Carmelite mystics, can we relate to what they are teaching and locate our own experience within their writings?

In “The Living Flame”, John of the Cross writes that we start out together on the journey of prayer but very quickly we have to make our own path. This Retreat will help us situate our own journey within the teachings of these great Saints and hopefully assist in validating our own path.

Contemplating the Creative Process @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Mar 29 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 31 @ 1:30 pm

Presenter: John Charadia and artist tutors

Through practical experience in creating artistic forms we will reflect on the spirituality of the creative process.

Deep reflective thinking involves imagining, 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.

Praying with St John of the Cross @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Apr 6 @ 10:00 am – 3:15 pm

Presenter: Barbara Stenning OCDS

“For well I know the spring that flows and runs although all is night.”

Song of the soul that rejoices in knowing God through faith.

Finding life and joy in today’s world: A retreat using worship from Taize @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Apr 12 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 14 @ 1:20 pm

Facilitated by Annemarie Nichol

“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.

Holy week and Easter @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 21 @ 10:15 am

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.

Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Presenter: Br Emmanuel Noel, OCD

Let Mary lead us to a deeper relationship with the “Son of the Most High” (Lk 1:32).

St Luke the Evangelist has provided us with a more intimate portrait of the Virgin Mary than the other gospel writers. She is depicted as an active, faithful and thoughtful woman who embraces God’s unexpected plan for her life. In this one day retreat during the Month of Mary, let us contemplate this image of our Blessed Mother that Luke places before us, and discover how Mary is the true model of faith who unfailingly points us to God.

Mary MacKillop, Woman of faith and Vision @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
May 17 @ 6:00 pm – May 19 @ 1:15 pm

Presenter: Sr Ann Morrison, RSJ

“Believe the whisperings of God to your own heart.”

A glimpse into the life of Mary MacKillop, whose faith and vision shines a light for our living in today’s world with appreciation and awareness of how God acts within us and our world.

A week with the Carmelite Saints @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
May 27 @ 6:00 pm – Jun 2 @ 1:30 pm

Presenter: Fr Aloysius Rego, OCD

How can the Carmelite Saints guide us in our journey to intimacy with God?

The Carmelite Saints have much to offer us in our journey to God. Three of them – Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Therese of Lisieux – have been given the title ‘Doctor of the Church’, that is, official teacher of the way to holiness. During this week we will explore selected themes in each of their spiritualities, which can assist us in our quest for intimacy with God.

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