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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Presenter: Bishop Greg Homeming, OCD
The Holy Father in Gaudate et Exsulltati has called us to Christian holiness.
We will spend time pondering holiness, what it means and what we shall do to become contemporary saints in the 21st century.
Presenter: Fr Gerard Moran, OCD
The bright November sun cannot illumine places of dark shadow accessible only to the uncreated light of Christ: Come Lord Jesus!
We allow the beauty of ritual and Word to speak to and to dissipate the darkness born of sadness and fear that can overshadow our hearts.