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Wednesday, 22 January 2020 10:41

Second Timorese Shrine in Australia

2020STSWeb150A second shrine to Our Lady has been built by the Timorese Catholic community in Australia and was blessed on 11 January this year. The new shrine, dedicated to Our Lady of Aitara, was built at Marian Valley at Canungra in the Gold Coast hinterland which hosts a collection of shrines and chapels. Bishop Ken Howell blessed the shrine and celebrated mass assisted by Carmelite Fr Januario Pinto. The title, Our Lady of Aitara, comes from an alleged apparition of Our Lady more than 100 years ago on Mount Aitara in Timor-Leste. Since then popular devotion to Our Lady of Aitara has grown and Timorese people see her as the mother “who supported us through war, strife, suffering, invasion and illnesses,’ according to Canossian Sister Odette Moreira. More photos

Wednesday, 22 January 2020 10:36

Timorese in Ireland Celebrate

2020TMIWeb150Late last year Fr Carlito Da Silva (pictured) celebrated 2 Thanksgiving Masses in Portadown and Dungannon, Northern Ireland, for the Timorese community. Both Masses were hosted by TAIS (Timorese Association Inclusive Support) group. Fr Carlito was visiting Ireland during the Christmas break from his Doctoral studies in Spirituality in Rome. Carlito is a member of the Carmelite Province of Australia & Timor-Leste. More photos

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 10:42

Carmelite connections to PNG martyr

2020PTRWeb150Carmelite, Fr Paul Sireh, chaplain to the Australian PNG Catholic Community, says that a new chapel dedicated to Blessed Peter To Rot will open on 17 January. PNG Cardinal John Ribat will fly from Port Moresby to lead the celebration at the chapel in Marian Valley, in the Gold Coast Hinterland, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of Blessed Peter's beatification.

Blessed Peter was a martyr and lay catechist who was entrusted with a PNG parish during World War II when Japan occupied the region. He stood up for religious values in the face of oppression and held secret services under the imperial rule. More story

Monday, 13 January 2020 15:11

Congratulations, Fr Pat!

2020CFPWeb150Today Fr Pat Harney celebrates the 68th anniversary of his ordination as a priest. Over the years, Pat has worked all over Australia and in New Zealand, in Carmelite and Diocesan parishes and hospitals. "I've been everywhere, man!" he loves to quote from the famous song, when asked about his many places of ministry. Pat is also the oldest Carmelite Friar in the world and in March will celebrate his 99th Birthday! Congratulations, Pat! More photos

Thursday, 09 January 2020 11:06

St Andrew Corsini, Carmelite

2020ACWeb150Feast Day: 9 January

Andrew was born into nobility, a member of the powerful Corsini family of Florence, and was one of 12 children. He joined the Carmelite community at the Carmine on the southern bank of the Arno sometime before the year 1338. This community was known for its sanctity and regular observance amidst a more tumultuous environment of religious life in the early Renaissance period. After completing his studies in Florence he was teacher of the younger students in the community. More story

Wednesday, 08 January 2020 10:37

St Peter Thomas, Carmelite

2020PTWeb150Feast Day: 8 January

Peter Thomas was born into a poor peasant family in the southern Périgord region in France. His piety and skill as a teacher attracted the attention of the Carmelite prior of Bergérac, who invited him to join the Carmelite community there at age twenty-one. He taught in various houses of study until he was sent to University in Paris for advanced scholarship. While his studies were still in progress he was elected by the Order as its procurator general to the Papal Court at Avignon in 1345. More story

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