Friday, 23 March 2018 15:02

Palm Sunday Reflection

2018PSWeb150Some years ago, I visited the Pro Hart Gallery in Broken Hill. Tucked up in the upper reaches of the gallery, was a painting quite different to the others.

On a sunset coloured wash, it depicted Christ weighed down with carrying his cross. Behind him straggled a ragtag bunch of humanity – the elderly, a child with only one leg on crutches, a man with a machine gun and many, many others. This painting stopped me in my tracks! It almost looked like a pen and ink sketch but for me the impact was enormous.

Monday, 19 March 2018 16:24

Watch the Graduation here

2018UDGV150You can watch Fr Januario and Brs Agedo and Martinho receive their degrees at the University of Divinity Graduation Ceremony on 16 March. The short clip shows the actual presentation of the degrees.

The East Timor Students Association also made a video of the Graduation evening which you can see here.

fb100k 150For a religious order well known for its charism of prayer and contemplation, the Carmelites of Australia and Timor-Leste have made a big splash in social media, clocking up more than 100,000 Facebook followers in less than a year.

Communications Director Fr David Hofman O.Carm says the Carmelites have been surprised and delighted at the growth of their social media following and the opportunities for connecting with people that it presents.

Saturday, 17 March 2018 16:31

Carmelites graduate in impressive ceremony

2018UDGWeb150St Michael’s Church, Melbourne, was filled to capacity last night for the University of Divinity Graduation Ceremony. Among the 317 graduands were Carmelites, Fr Januario Pinto, Br Agedo Bento and Br Martinho Da Cruz Lemos.

Fr Januario graduated with the degree of Master of Theology and Brs Agedo and Martinho with the degree of Bachelor of Theology.

Januario is now ministering the Carmelite parish of Coorparoo (QLD). Agedo and Martinho are continuing their studies in the Bachelor of Ministry program at the University. Congratulations, Brothers! Parabens! More photos.

Friday, 16 March 2018 16:09

Fifth Sunday in Lent

2018FIFSLWeb150The first reading this Sunday looks forward to a new covenant between God and his people. This covenant will not be written on stone, but on human hearts. This new covenant cannot be broken since God always forgives and never remembers our sins. It is in our hearts that we learn the truth about the strength of God’s love for us and recognise ourselves as God’s beloved people.

There is a lovely phrase in the preface of Eucharistic Prayer for Reconciliation I which captures this sense: You have bound the human family to yourself through Jesus your Son, our Redeemer, with a new bond of love so tight that it can never be undone.

Thursday, 15 March 2018 16:02

Lay Carmelite Council meets in Melbourne

2018LCCMWeb150Recently, Fr Paul Gurr (Provincial Delegate), Chris Wade (Moderator), Paul Newcombe, Gwenda Gopperth and Angelia Zakarias met at the Sancta Sophia Meditation Community, Warburton (VIC).

Part of the time at Warburton was spent discussing issues to do with Lay Carmelite life in Australia and New Zealand and part was spent in quiet reflection. During the meeting the Council met with Fr Paul Cahill (Prior Provincial). On the way back to Melbourne the group visited Whitefriars College and the Carmelite Cemetery at Donvale. More photos.

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