Growing in the ways of prayer

John Charadia

Archdiocesan Creative Arts Adviser at the Catholic Education Office, Wollongong, has had 32 years experience working as a classroom practitioner, a specialist in the Creative Arts and leader of a number of Arts and Spirituality projects. Author of a number of publications on Creativity, Values Education and the Arts, John engages his participants in artistic and reflective ways.

Bishop Greg Homeming OCD

was recently Regional Superior of the Discalced Carmelites and has previously been Novice Master and Retreat Director. He often gives conferences on Carmelite spirituality.  Bishop Homeming now pastors the Lismore Diocese.

Fr Gerard Moran OCD

originally from Ireland has been living in Australia since 1993 and has been involved in the retreat and parish ministry and formation. After completing his priestly studies he studied Sacred Scripture in Rome and Liturgy in Ireland.

Anna Prifti

spent half her years in Europe, she now works and lives in Melbourne, Australia. Trained in the studio of iconography of a monk from Mount Athos, Anna has now over 20 years of experience in Byzantine iconography and Mural Painting. Since adopting Australia as her home in 2000, she has completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a diploma of Graphic Design at Swinburne University in Melbourne.

Fr Aloysius Rego OCD

migrated with his family from Burma. He joined the Discalced Carmelites in Australia. After ordination and post-graduate studies, he spent some years teaching theology at the Yarra Theological Union in Melbourne. He has also been involved in retreat ministry. He has recently published a book on St. Therese of Lisieux entitled: “Holiness for All”. He is currently Regional Superior of the Discalced Carmelites.

Geoff Stumbles

is a retired Investment Banker. He is also a trained counsellor in grief, death and dying. He is a graduate of the Institute of Carmelite Studies in Washington DC. Geoff is married with two grown up sons.

Sheila Upjohn

is from Norwich where she was born and raised an Anglican. Now, late in life, she has settled in Australia and has also been received into the Catholic Church. Sheila is passionate about her faith and Julian of Norwich.

Fr Paul Maunder, OCD

is Prior of the Varroville Community of the Discalced Carmelite Fathers and has been in this position for four years. Fr Paul brings an expert insight into Teresian spirituality to the Retreat Centre, and his gentleness and compassion touches many people.

Fr Michael Dyer

is the parish priest of Milton near Ulladulla.  He was a former Christian brother and has a particular interest in sprituality and the environment.

Barbara Stenning

is a long-term member of the Varroville OCDS community.  She has a great love for the theology of St John of the Cross.

Annemarie Nichol

is a psychologist living in Canberra.  Since visiting Taize in the early 1990’s she has become a prominent advocate for Taize spirituality in Australia.

Br Emmanuel Noel, OCD

was a high school teacher and spent time in the Singapore military.  Passionate about his priestly vocation and with great communication skills, Br Emmanuel is a welcome addition to the retreat team

Sr Ann Morrison, RSJ

is a Josephite sister and brings to the retreat centre expertise on the life and spirituality of Saint Mary Mackillop of the Cross. Sister Ann has conducted retreats on Australia’s saint around the country.

Bishop Peter Ingham

was the fourth Roman Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Wollongong, serving from 2001 to 2017.  He is a very well-loved and highly respected bishop.  We are grateful for his participation in our retreat program for 2019.

Fr Ferdinand De La Cruz, OCD

is the youngest and most recently ordained of the Varroville priests.  Fr Ferdinand brings a joy and humility to his retreats.

Bishop David Walker

was ordained a bishop on 3 September 1996.  He retired on 13 November 2013, his seventy-fifth birthday.  Bishop Walker bring his passion for theology and adult education to the retreat centre.

Br Philip Tay, OCD

is a Carmelite brother and is studying for the priesthood at the Catholic Institute of Sydney.

Sr Nory Ordiz, CM

is a Carmelite Missionary sister and has been a presence at the Retreat Centre since 2011.  Sr Nory coordinates and facilitates the Carmelite retreat program and personally has ministered widely and has run a range of successful retreats.  Sr Nory is also responsible for the Retreat Centre bookshop.

Deacon Peter Presdee

Deacon Peter was ordained a Deacon in 2010.  Originally from Campbelltown in Sydney, Deacon Peter and his wife Robyn now live in Nowra where he works as a Chaplain to the South Coast Correction centre.