Wounds & Wonder: Retreat Day

Friday 11 August
10.30am - 3pm (Registration & morning tea available from 10am)
Heart of Life Spirituality Centre
96 Albion Road, Box Hill
Pastoral Associates, Pastoral Workers and Lay Chaplains are invited to a day of contemplation and reflection. Focused on nourishing the spirit, the session will explore ways in which we can identify, grow from and embrace the ‘brokenness’ we encounter in the everyday.
“Our life is full of brokenness—broken relationships, broken promises, broken expectations. How can we live that brokenness without becoming bitter and resentful except by returning again and again to God’s faithful presence in our lives? Without this “place” of return, our journey easily leads us to darkness and despair. But with this safe and solid home, we can keep renewing our faith, and keep trusting that the many setbacks of life move us forward to an always greater bond with the God of the covenant.” —Henri Nouwen
Retreat Facilitator:
Paul Beirne is the director of the Heart of Life Spirituality Centre. He has been involved in spiritual direction and pastoral formation since 1977, and participated in the first Siloam Program in Melbourne, in 1980. Paul is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Divinity, and holds an MA in East Asian Studies from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, a Masters in Divinity from Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, a Doctor of Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary, and a PhD from the School of History, Philosophy, Religion & Classics at the University of Queensland. Paul has an academic and pastoral interest in the spiritual and mystic traditions of East Asian religions and the symbols immanent in these traditions.
This retreat is being offered by the Archbishop’s Office for Evangelisation in partnership with the Heart of Life Spirituality Centre. Morning tea and lunch will be provided. To register, please contact Johanna Carroll on 9926 5765 or

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