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The Carmelite Hall celebrates its centenary this year. Over the years it has played host to countless dances, debutants balls, Communion Breakfasts, plays, musicals, parish assemblies and school concerts. When the Hall was built in 1918 it boasted a gymnasium, small library, fully equipped billiard room, supper room, professional stage with dressing rooms and a dress circle. The Hall is now home to the Carmelite Centre and the Carmelite Library.

Come along to our special event 2-5pm on Sunday 7 October – memories, drinks, nibbles, displays and musical interludes. Click here for more. pdf Download brochure here (1.77 MB)

2018CFCCCWeb150Australia's Carmelite Centre has featured at the International Congress of the Carmelite Family in Rome. Damien Peile and Irene Hayes from the Centre took along the 2018 Centre program brochures and spoke with other participants about the work of the Carmelite Centre. Damien also took the opportunity to talk about his work as Provincial Delegate for the Carmelite Family in Australia. See more photos.

Tuesday, 25 September 2018 11:20

Australian gives Congress Keynote

2018CFCCWWeb150Australian Lay Carmelite Moderator, Chris Wade, gave the second keynote address at the Carmelite Family Congress in Rome. Chris beautifully told of her journey to Carmel and of the role significant woman played in her life, from her grandmother to the other women Chris met later on in life. To live the Carmelite Way, Christine said, involved certain principles: one had to recognise the importance of the Incarnation and to become 'a spark of life' the importance of listening and of receiving other people as they are without trying to change them and lastly, that we be people of joyful service. Her talk was very well received and many expressed gratitude for inspiring them to reflect on their own journey. See more photos.

Monday, 17 September 2018 15:11

Six Australians at Carmelite Family Congress

2018CFCWeb150Damien Peile (Carmelite Family Delegate), Irene Hayes (Carmelite Centre Director), Chris Wade (Lay Carmelite Moderator) and Ann Baumber, Bernie Howe and Maria Howe (Lay Carmelites) are attending the Congress of Carmelite Laity at Sassone, Italy. The focus of the Congress is the role of Mary in bringing us to Jesus.

At the beginning of the Congress, Archbishop Antonio Muniz, OCarm. (Brazil) reflected on his own experience of ‘always being a Carmelite’ ...

Monday, 17 September 2018 15:07

Fr Ken Celebrates

2018FKCWeb150Fr Ken Petersen recently celebrated both his 80th birthday and 50th anniversary of Ordination. Family, friends and Carmelites gathered on Sunday 16 September to celebrate these milestones with Ken.

In his homily at Mass, Fr Paul Cahill (Prior Provincial) said that living in, witnessing to, proclaiming, giving thanks for and inviting others to experience the presence of God has been the hallmark of Ken’s life and ministry. Congratulations, Ken!

Saturday, 15 September 2018 17:45

New Zumalai Church Opens

2018OZCWeb150On 31 August Bishop Norberto do Amaral (Maliana Diocese) blessed and opened the new Church in our parish at Zumalai in Timor-Leste. As usual the celebrations began the day before with a welcome to the Bishop and to Fr Paul Cahill (Prior Provincial) and other dignitaries. After the welcome Bishop Norberto and Fr Paul and the people toured the new Church. The following day Bishop Norberto celebrated the Mass of Blessing together with Fr Paul, Fr Manuel Almeida Da Costa (Parish Priest), Aniçeto Maia Da Costa (Timor-Leste Delegate) and Carmelite and Diocesan priests. See more photos

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