“You can pray to God while working, it's
enough to think of Him."
– St Elizabeth of the Trinity –
In this short video, Sister Catherine-Ann and Sister Marie Tania of the Ormiston Carmelite Monastery (Brisbane) offer an insight into the life of a Carmelite nun. They discuss discernment, why they chose religious life, the Carmelite charism, day-to-day activities inside the monastery, and more!
This wonderful talk was presented by Fr Ron Rolheiser during a conference hosted by St Mary's University in Twickenham, England, called “John of the Cross: Carmel, Desire and Transformation." Fr Ron explores with great clarity and insight – often using relatable examples – how the transformation that St John of the Cross talks about in terms of “dark nights" connects with the nitty gritty of our human experience.
In this beautiful interview, Sister Cushla of the Christchurch Carmelite Monastery shares her own vocation story and something of the story of the Carmelite Order. She also offers wonderfully helpful insights for anyone seeking to live a full and flourishing life. It's well worth grabbing a cup of coffee and enjoying this nourishment for your soul.
Treat your soul to this short (just on five minutes) documentary! The film opens with architect Niall McLaughlin speaking about his approach to the design of a Prayer Room inside the existing St Teresa’s Priory, which is located on Clarendon Street in Dublin. We then hear from Fr Nicholas, who speaks beautifully and wisely about prayer being at the heart of life for Carmelite friars.
In this video, the Carmelite priest and theologian Fr Steven Payne presents a wonderful lecture entitled “The Dark Night of the Soul, Yesterday and Today: Revisiting John of the Cross's Classic Text and Symbol." It is nourishment for the mind and heart!
Got a spare hour? Here's a fascinating panel discussion on the topic “Mindfulness in Modern Life." The event was organised by The Institute for Ethics and Society of the University of Notre Dame, Australia, and, best of all, it features the Australian Carmelite friar Fr Aloysius Rego.
To celebrate the feast day of St Teresa of Avila, Fr Greg Burke, OCD – Parish Priest of Infant Jesus Parish, Morley, Western Australia – reflects upon the impact of Teresa on his life.
In this very short video, Bishop Greg Homeming, OCD reflects upon the importance of coming to terms with who we are so as to have the freedom truly to live our own lives.
Here is an insightful and moving reflection about Our Lady of Mount Carmel from the theologian Dr M. Shawn Copeland.
Back in 2016, the Christchurch Carmel featured on the New Zealand TV program “Sunday." In case you're wondering, since this documentary was made, Sister Catherine has made her final vows!
Here's another short video by Bishop Greg Homeming. In just over a minute, he explores our flaws as a key place where we encounter the transforming presence of God.