Growing in the ways of prayer

A Spiritual Pot Pourri @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Jul 5 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 7 @ 1:15 pm

Presenter: Bishop Peter Ingham

A Pot Pourri is a mixture of flowers, herbs and spices in a sachet or bowl to provide a gentle natural scent. Here it will be an unusual/interesting mixture of things of the Spirit so that we create a good impression after us.

Each of you is writing a gospel, a chapter every day, by the deeds that you do and the words that you say. People read what you write, be it faithless or true. Hey, what is the gospel according to you?

The quest of being united and transformed by Love @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Presenter: Fr Ferdinand De La Cruz, OCD

“Our call to be transformed into God is call to enter into a God-loving life.”

John says, “When the soul is transformed and glowing interiorly with the Fire of Love, it is not only united to the Divine Fire but becomes a Living Flame itself and is conscious of being such.”

In this day retreat, we will explore the experience and the call of the person united and transformed by Love, as presented in the poem of John of the Cross, “The Living Flame of Love.”

Living the gifts and fruits of the Spirit @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Jul 8 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 14 @ 1:15 pm

Presenter: Bishop David Walker

Since the Spirit is our life, let us be directed by the Spirit (Gal 5:25).

So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him (Romans 8:12-17).

The Love That Keeps Us Sane: A Day with Saint Therese of Lisieux @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Aug 3 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Presenter: Br Phillip Tay, OCD

Making choices that keep us sane and rooted in God

We live in a world that moves and runs like a roller coaster. Sometimes the circumstances of our lives bring us down and sometimes they lift us up. To quote Forrest Gump, life is like a box of chocolates, you’ll never know what you’ll find in the box. So how do we keep ourselves from cracking up? Come and spend a day with St Therese and embark on a journey of discovery, one that can help to keep us sane and rooted in God. Come and discover the Little Way of St Therese.

Facing Today’s Spectre of Meaninglessness with St Therese of Lisieux @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Aug 9 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 11 @ 1:15 pm

Presenter: Fr Paul Maunder, OCD

“I have given you power to tread underfoot serpents and scorpions and the whole strength of the enemy… Yet do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you; rejoice rather, that your names are written in heaven” (Lk 10.17).

Death, annihilation, extinction, loneliness, breakdown, suicide. It was the special destiny of Therese Martin, like Joan of Arc her hero and inspiration, to stand in triumph over these formidable enemies of our day using but one weapon – love alone.

The love and presence of God @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Sep 14 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Presenter: Deacon Peter Presdee

The love and presence of God if accepted and welcomed changes lives.

This is evidenced particularly in the Parable of the Prodigal Son and the story of the Samaritan Woman. In both instances, the two sons and the Samaritan woman have made life choices that did not satisfy the inner longings of finding real peace and meaning. The challenge for all as demonstrated in these passages of Sacred Scripture is to allow Faith to guide one on a journey to open one’s heart to the love of the Triune God. The retreat will endeavour to transport these two passages into our present culture and will also include and be embellished by the Spirituality of John of the Cross, and in particular as exemplified by his poetry and writings.

Freedom to rejoice! @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – Sep 29 @ 1:15 pm

Presenter: Fr Gerard Moran, OCD

Entangled in the web of desire, how can we escape to the joy of self-giving? Can John of the Cross help?

John’s daring escape from the monastery prison on the 16th of August 1578 became a strong image in his poetry and writing. In these few day we will follow strands of this life giving thought and seek to situate them in our own desire for true freedom.

Write a Byzantine Icon @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – Sep 29 @ 1:15 pm

Presenter: Anna Prifti

Join us to paint an icon while listening to the birds at Mt Carmel.

Workshop Outline – Foundation
* How to prime, sketch, water gild and paint an icon.
* The traditional technique of gesso and egg tempera.
* Use of powder pigments, their content and formula.
* Practical hints, new materials and tools to make your work easy.
Returning participants bring their own 20 x 25 cm image or icon to work on and be guided.
Beginners work with the help of a step by step tutorial. All materials, including 23 karat gold leaf, are provided.
Bring your brushes and other tools if you wish to discuss their use. No prior experience is required. Book early to avoid disappointment.

“Where have you hidden?” @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Presenter: Sr Nory Ordiz, CM

The Atheist declares “God does not exist”
The reluctant Christian pronounces “God exists…but he seems absent”
St. John of the Cross proclaims “God is hidden…”

On this retreat, The ‘Spiritual Canticle” of St John of the Cross will be our guide in exploring the hiddenness of God and in leading us to a journey of discovering and experiencing God’s beauty within us.

Prayer @ Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
Nov 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Presenter: Mr Geoff Stumbles

How do we pray in the middle of a very busy and hectic life? How do we pray to cope with loss and grief and tragedy?

This retreat in the context of this world will explore prayer through the lens of ‘practicing the presence of God’.

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