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2019 Program Summary
The following is a summary of the retreats and events already planned for 2019. For further details contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9854 8110.
To download details of the Being with God in Nature 2019 Program, click here.
The Full Spiritual Exercises
Sunday 16 June – Sunday 21 July
The Full Spiritual Exercises can be made over 30-40 days as an individually-directed live-in retreat. In an atmosphere of prayerful silence and surrender, one is drawn into a deeper relationship with God through daily prayer, reflection, liturgy and spiritual direction. Contact us for an Application Form.
To deepen your relationship with God, we offer you silence, a peaceful ambience, a spiritual director and ample time for prayer and reflection. There is no input or group work, just silence and Spiritual Direction for you to hear God’s word.
6-Day Silent Directed Retreat – Wed 16 January, 5:30pm to Wed 23 January, 9am
3 to 8-Day Silent Directed Retreat – between Mon 25 March, 5:30pm & Wed 3 April, 9am
3 to 8-Day Silent Directed Retreat – between Mon 26 August, 5:30pm & Wed 4 September, 9am
6-Day Silent Directed Retreat – Fri 8 November, 5:30pm & Fri 15 November, 9am
8-Day Silent Directed Retreat – Mon 2 December, 5:30pm & Wed 11 December, 9am
Fanning into a Flame the Gift of Your Life – Colleen Leonard SGS & Marg Moore RSM
Sunday 27 October, 5:30pm – Sunday 3 November, 9am
This six-day silent directed retreat will provide opportunity to deepen your relationship with God, through silence, a spiritual director and time for prayer. There will be a short reflective session to begin each day giving opportunity to ‘fan into a flame’ your life experiences through the lens of Ignatian spirituality.
Sunday 15 September 10am – 3pm
What is spiritual direction? What happens on a retreat? Am I ready to make a silent directed retreat? What are the Spiritual Exercises?
You are invited to a day of prayer, reflection and conversation as we explore Ignatian spirituality and what the Centre offers. Come as our guest (no charge). Bookings essential.
Other Retreats & Events
Frank Brennan SJ – How Ignatian Spirituality motivates my Political Activity
Friday 22 March, 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Jesuit priest Fr Frank Brennan has been a long-time advocate for human rights and social justice in Australia. He is a professor of law at Australian Catholic University and Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University College of Law and National Centre for Indigenous Studies. His contact and involvement with people who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged began early in his priestly ministry when he worked in the inner Sydney parish of Redfern with priest activist Father Ted Kennedy. In every role he has had since, he has been amplifying the voice of conscience, especially the voice of those who are marginalised. He is an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for services to Aboriginal Australians, particularly as an advocate in the areas of law, social justice and reconciliation. The National Trust classified him as a Living National Treasure at the same time that Paul Keating labelled him “the meddling priest”. In 2009, he chaired the Australian National Human Rights Consultation Committee.
Ignatian Spiritual Exercises Revisited
Saturday 27 April, 10am – 3pm
We at Campion Spirituality Centre are reminded many times over how significant it has been for participants who have completed the Spiritual Exercises to have experienced a deeper ongoing faith journey. For many there is a desire to reconnect with these experiences and to discover more.
We invite anyone who has participated in the Spiritual Exercises, either at Campion or beyond to meet with other like-minded people for prayer, reflection and conversation. The first event is planned for 27th April 2019 arrive at 9:30 for 10am – 3 pm (morning tea and lunch provided – suggested donation $50). Registration essential by 17th April 2019
Walking with Inigo: The Ignatian Camino
Dates for 2019:
- 13 May (meeting at 7pm at Hotel Arrupe in Loyola) to 29 May (flight back home in the morning after breakfast)
- 12 September (meeting at 7pm at Hotel Arrupe in Loyola) to 11 Oct (flight back home in the morning after breakfast)
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Tropical Wilderness Retreat – with the Being with God in Nature Ministry Team
Monday 15 July to Monday 22 July
A Six Day Walking Retreat based in Cairns Queensland. To download flyer, click here.
Care for Our Common Home – Clean Up Yarra Bend Park
Saturday 31 August- 9am to 12pm
Earth “cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will.” Pope Francis, Laudato Si (2015)
Pope Francis invites us into an ecological conversion whereby our hearts encounter that deep connection with the Presence that is God in Nature.
This day at the beginning of the Season of Creation offers “individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation”. Pope Francis
Participants are invited to spend a morning helping to clean up rubbish in the Yarra Bend Park around the Yarra River. Please wear some old clothes, bring some gloves and bring a bottle of water.
Laudato Si – On Care for Our Common Home – Four-week Reflective Seminar led by Peter Saunders
Wednesdays 4, 18 & 25 September and 2 October, 7pm to 8:30pm
“The entire material universe speaks of God’s love, God’s boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress of God”. Pope Francis – Laudato Si.
This small group seminar will prayerfully reflect on Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment – Laudato Si – and how it can apply to our lives.
Creation and Science : An Ignatian Perspective – led by Br. Guy Consolmagno SJ
Friday 3 May, 7:30pm – Sunday 5 May, 3pm
Venue: Holy Cross Centre, Templestowe
Br Guy is an American research astronomer, Jesuit brother, and Director of the Vatican Observatory. Br Guy has written many books, the latest title being Would you Baptise an Extraterrestrial? This weekend offer you a chance to attend, through prayer and reflection, to your place in the Universe.
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A broken Church for a broken world – led by Jacinta Bright & Terry Fanning
Saturday 25 May, 9:30am to 4pm
In a time when many church people feel bewilderment, shame, anger and despair; as our longing for a Christ centred church feels more urgent and palpable than ever, what are we to become? This day of reflection invites us to consider our vulnerability as gift, painful as that might be, so that the Spirit might transform us, at this time, to be a church of integrity; a church for the margins; the broken body of Christ for, in and with a broken world.
In Conversation with the Trinity of Love – led by Elizabeth Delbridge
Friday 31 May, 7pm – Sunday 2 June, 3pm
Ignatius had a vision of the Trinity as “like three keys on a keyboard”. John of Ruusbroec describes his prayer experience of the Trinity as “the twirling of the three in an active unity.” Teresa of Avilla has a vision of the Trinity with a deep inner knowing but does not attempt to explain it as she is lost for words! How might we engage in prayerful conversation with the Holy Three using images that emerge from and enhance our prayer?
What is God Asking of Me? – led by Terry Fanning
Friday 9 August, 7pm – Sunday 11 August, 3pm
“God speaks to us in the depths of our being, not off the top of our heads. The depths of ourselves are not in our reasoning and ideas, still less in someone else’s reasoning and ideas. If we are to find God, we must learn to listen to these depths, to the emotions and feelings which we experience in prayer and out of it.” I Search of a Way. Gerry Hughes SJ.
In this Retreat we will explore ways to get in touch with our “depths of our being.”
The Prodigal Son – led by Anne Priestly RSM and Annmaree Sutton
Friday 20 September, 7pm – Sunday 22 September, 3pm
We use this beautifully human parable of mercy, which is at the centre of the spirit of Corpus Christi Greenvale, home for homeless men. In it we too can find ourselves as God’s prodigal children and we can come to understand more deeply our emotions, reactions and actions as we grow in our desire of an intimate relationship with God. In our time together, we are invited to open ourselves to receive the deeply merciful love of our God, who is always waiting for us. This is a silent retreat.
Honouring the Sacred in Our Midst – led by Anne Boyd & Pat Long
Friday 11 October, 7pm – Sunday 13 October, 3pm
“From panoramic vistas to the tiniest living form, nature is a constant source of wonder and awe. It is also a continuing revelation of the divine”. Canadian Bishops in Laudato Si” #85
This reflective seminar invites participants into the mystery permeating the heart of Earth’s creativity, deepening our recognition of the Sacred within all.
Anne Boyd and Pat Long are experienced facilitators of programs, seminars and retreats which aim to deepen our connectedness to Earth, re-awaken awe and wonder at the creative process, evoke compassion for Earth’s diminishment and invite commitment to a sustainable lifestyle.
Women’s Spirituality Weekend – led by Terry Fanning & Jacinta Bright
Friday 18 October, 7pm – Sunday 20 October, 3pm
Have you reached a plateau in your life? Where do you go from here? This weekend for women will honour and celebrate your life so far and will help you to find meaning in the next part of your journey. We will draw from the stories of women in scripture as we reflect on our own lives and discern where God might be leading us.
A Weekend in Nature in the Yarra Valley
Friday 8 November, 7:30pm – Sunday 10 November, 3pm
This weekend will offer a time of quiet and stillness in Nature in the Yarra Valley. The retreatant is invited to listen to how God speaks to their heart through Nature. During the weekend, retreatants will have the opportunity to relax and contemplate the beauty of Nature and God’s presence in the cosmos calling them to new life.
“Earth is calling us back to itself, and not only to us but to all its components, calling them into an intimacy with one another and to the larger community within which all earthly realities have their existence…” (Thomas Berry)
Cosmic Sparks: Igniting a Re-enchantment with the Sacred – led by Margie Abbott RSM
Friday 29 November, 7pm – Sunday 1 December, 3pm
In this weekend retreat you will have time to listen deeply to Earth and each other. Seeing Earth in her loveliness and listening to her teachings will be a feature of this contemplative weekend. There will be Earth centred meditations, mindfulness walking and the contemplative making of a rice mandala.
Prayer Days – Walking with God in Nature
Cape Schanck – Saturday 23 March
Sherbrooke Forest – Saturday 6 April
Yarra Bend Park – Saturday 17 August
Ferny Creek – Saturday 7 September
Cape Woolamai / Phillip Island – Saturday 5 October
Werribee Gorge – Saturday 26 October