Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites, Australia & Samoa

point of contact
Lorraine Murphy
location
33 Becky Ave, North Rocks NSW 2151
phone number
02 9871 7293
Email

Primarily our mission is one of prayer and spreading Carmelite Spirituality. The Secular Carmelite lifestyle is daily Eucharist, Morning, Evening and Night Prayer [Divine Office] Daily Meditation, Marian Devotion, Monthly Community Meeting and Mission [commonly known as the 6 M’s] We exercise our mission in Retreat Houses and parishes e.g. Carmelite Conversations [ Introduction to Christian Spirituality.]

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International Schoenstatt Movement

point of contact
Elizabeth Foley
location
230 Fairlight Road, Mulgoa. NSW 2745
phone number
(02) 4773 8338
Fax
(02) 4773 9935
Website
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Email

The International Schoenstatt Movement is a Marian apostolic movement of renewal for priests and lay people from all walks of life. Founded in 1914 by Fr. Joseph Kentenich, it supports its members as they try to live their catholic faith on a daily basis. Through regular formation it aims to form leaders who will be active in their parishes wherever there is a need. Self-education, social interaction and conscious dependence on Mary, our mother and educator, help enable members to meet and respond to God in their everyday lives. They give themselves to Mary in a covenant of love and m ake this covenant a source of strength for their lives.

The movement is made up of 25 independent branches (not all yet exist in Australia). These share the same spirituality while catering to the many ways of life and levels of commitment possible in our church and society today. The Schoenstatt Shrine is the spiritual home for the Schoenstatt Movements and a place of grace and pilgrimage for all.

The Pilgrim Mother Apostolate involves groups of people who are willing to commit themselves to welcoming Our Lady of Schoenstatt into their home. Mary comes with her Son from the Schoenstatt Shrines into the homes of these people in the form of the picture of the Mother Thrice Admirable of Schoenstatt. The members of the group give the picture a place of honour in their homes or workplaces as the picture travels from member to member during the course of the month. They honour Mary by praying daily during the time of her visit. Many like to pray the rosary. They entrust their petitions to Mary’s care, experience her blessings and thank her for her intercession.

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Focolare Movement

point of contact
Anna Maria Sclavo
phone number
02 9713 8680
Website
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Email

The Focolare Movement is an ecclesial Movement. It is part of the springtime of new charisms in our times. It has a spirituality of communion that focuses on the discovery of God’s love and on the Word of God as something we can put into practise into our everyday life. It aims at contributing to the realisation of Jesus’ testament “That all may be one.”(John 17:21), fostering dialogue, unity and communion in the family, in the parish, in schools, in the workplace, between generations, across cultures, religions, etc. It offers formation and activities for adults, young people, teenagers and children.

Focolare members meet once a month to reflect together on The Word of Life; a monthly publication of the Focolare Movement. In this monthly meeting we come together and meditate on a passage of the Gospel and how we can put it into practice in our everyday life.

In the early 1940s, from the Focolare charism of unity came the spirituality of unity, a markedly communitarian spirituality which revealed itself to be in profound unison with the Second Vatican Council and the spirituality of communion indicated by Pope John Paul II as a way towards making the Church “the house and school of communion.” Focolare is an italian word meaning ‘the hearth’; a place where everyone finds the warmth of the family. The charism of unity is focussed on a Gospel-based love which, when put into practice, revives individuals and communities, bringing a new spirit to every expression of life.

The Focolare Movement began in, and is part of the Catholic Church, but now includes members of many Christian denominations, other faiths and people of good will. It is now present in 182 countries. Members include people of all ages, vocations and nationalities who commit their lives to building unity wherever they are through mutual love.

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Cursillo

point of contact
Wendy Toule
location
c/o St Joseph’s Church 231 Newbridge Rd Moorebank NSW 2170
phone number
(02) 9602 7254
Fax
(02) 9601 2046
Email

The Spanish word “Cursillo” means “a short course in Christianity”.

Cursillo is a spiritual renewal movement which originated in Spain in 1949 and then spread worldwide, coming to Australia in 1965.  It has proved to be a very effective movement in the Catholic Church, relevant to today’s needs in the Apostolate of the Laity.  It offers the opportunity to deepen one’s personal relationship with Christ through support from a group of people who really care about spirituality.

Cursillo is a three-day experience in Christian and personal growth through a carefully structured series of talks, meditations, discussions, prayer and masses. Combined with the ongoing support of weekly/fortnightly follow up meetings for prayer, Cursillo offers an effective way of living out your adult Catholic faith.

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The Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR)

point of contact
Mike Lulan - Chairperson
location
19a Quirk Street, Rozelle NSW 2039
phone number
(02) 9810 2499
Fax
(02) 9555 5962
Website
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Email

The Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR), a work of the Holy Spirit, is a network of individuals, Prayer Groups and Communities sharing the same fundamental experience of the Holy Spirit.  In 1996 Cardinal Suenen (Belgium) wrote: “The Catholic Charismatic Renewal is a movement of the Holy Spirit offered to the entire Church and destined to rejuvenate every part of the Church’s life.”  He also described the Renewal as a “moving of the Holy Spirit”  as “a high voltage current of grace which is coursing through the Church”.

In order to serve needs for communication, co-operation and co-ordination, a Council and an international Office were set up in 1978 under the auspices of Leon Joseph Cardinal Suenens, named by Pope Paul VI as his Episcopal Adviser to the Charismatic Renewal on the international level known as ICCRS. This organisation is approved by the Holy See as a Private Association of the Faithful with a juridical personality.

The five central goals of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal are: 

Conversion: personal and ongoing, to our Lord Jesus Christ

Sanctification: through an openness to and receptivity of the Holy Spirit through the Baptism in the Holy Spirit

Edification: or the building up of the Church through the spiritual gifts or charismata

Evangelisation: of the unchurched and nominal Catholics, as well as of culture and the structures of society

Integration: of the charismatic emphases and participation in the pastoral life of the Church

The Catholic Charismatic Renewal runs the following services in Sydney: Life in the Spirit Seminars, Healing Seminars, Healing Masses, Annual Conference, Prayer Ministry, and Formation Programmes.

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