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Thursday, 24 October 2019 15:18

Statues stolen from Carmelite Church

2019SSFCCWeb150During the Synod on the Amazon the Carmelite church of St Mary in Traspontina, near the Vatican, has been a focal point of daily prayer and pilgrimage. A display featuring various aspects of Amazonian faith and life is present in the chapels of the Church. Included in the display were several carved wooden statues of a pregnant Amazonian woman. Two men filmed themselves entering the church on 21 October, taking the statues from the chapels and throwing them into the Tiber River a short distance away. More story.

Monday, 21 October 2019 15:55

New Principal for Whitefriars College

2019NPWFCWeb150Mr Mark Murphy has been chosen to lead the Whitefriars College Community as Principal from the beginning of 2020. Mr Murphy, currently principal at Marcellin College, Bulleen (VIC), has been involved in Catholic Education for 33 years and attended Whitefriars as a student, graduating in 1982.

“It is evident that Mark will bring a wonderful breadth of knowledge, experience and energy to the position and will ensure that the College continues to provide our students with positive, challenging and rewarding school experiences,” said Fr Paul Cahill (Carmelite Provincial) and Mr Peter Duffy (Chair, Whitefriars College Board) in their letter announcing the appointment. pdf Read the announcement. (101 KB)

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 16:16

New Timor-Leste Chapel in Melbourne

2019BTCWeb150A new Timor-Leste chapel has been blessed and opened by Bishop Hilton Deakin at the Ta Pinu Shrine in Bacchus March (VIC). The Shrine, described as an ‘all nations Marian Centre’, aims to have a chapel representing every nation. Timor-Leste is the most recent to have a chapel built at the Shrine. The chapel is dedicated to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. Our young Carmelites were present joining in the celebrations, assisting Bishop Deakin, reading prayers and doing one of the Scripture readings. More photos

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 14:18

New Timor-Leste Council elected

2019NTCWeb150Frs Bruce Clark and Nelinho Ferreira Soares have been elected by the Carmelites in Timor-Leste to form the Timor-Leste Council for the next 3 years. Together with Fr Carlito Da Costa Araújo (Provincial Delegate for Timor-Leste) they will share responsibility for fostering the growth of the Order in Timor-Leste, the pastoral care of the Carmelites and managing day-to-day affairs.

Fr Carlito is also one of the formators for the simply professed friars. Fr Bruce is also Director of Novices and Fr Nelinho is Chaplain to the nation's Police Force. Our prayerful congratulations are with these brothers as they begin their ministry.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 08:39

St Teresa of Jesus Feastday 15 October

TeresaofJesusWeb200Born in Avila in Spain in 1515 Teresa entered the Carmelites and eventually made great progress in her spiritual journey. Wishing to share in the spiritual renewal of the Church of her time, she began to live her religious life more ardently and soon attracted many companions, to whom she was like a mother. She also helped in the reform of the friars with Saint John of the Cross. She wrote books which are renowned for their depth of doctrine and which showed her own spiritual experiences. She died at Alba de Tormes in 1582. In 1970 Teresa was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Paul VI. "Prayer in my opinion is nothing else than an intimate sharing between friends" - St Teresa of Jesus.

Saturday, 12 October 2019 13:35

Greening Timor-Leste

2019CPTWeb150Carmelite student, Br Cesaltino Dos Santos, was present when the President of Timor-Leste, Francisco Guterres Lú Olo, launched the ‘One Citizen, One Tree’ initiative of the Global Association for the Prevention of Climate Change. The Association’s job is to plant trees in schools and in deforested areas in Timor-Leste. The President gave his support to the Association and asked that relevant institutions make Timor-Leste greener.

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