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Abbey Crafts and Books

  • Buy your candles, books and religious gifts at 695 Jamberoo Mountain Road, Jamberoo.
  • Open daily 9.30am - 4.30pm (except Thursday).

Catholic Charismatic Prayer Groups

These groups are characterised by expressive, joyful praise, an openness to the spiritual gifts including prophecy and healing, and an expectancy that God will speak and work in power within the meeting. Music is an important element, helping to lift the hearts of those present. There are also talks, testimonies and prayer, and prayer ministry is always available. There are groups throughout the diocese.

CatholicCare

CatholicCare is the Social Services agency of the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong, covering the Illawarra, Shoalhaven, Macarthur and Southern Highlands Regions.

Celebrate Love

Wanted: loving married couples. If you are ready for new growth and deeper intimacy with your spouse, now is the time to sign up for Celebrate Love. Presented in a Catholic context, this private, two day seminar is open to couples of all faiths. There is no group discussion or counselling.

Diocesan Parents and Friends Forum

The primary aim of the Parents and Friends Forum is to assist in the development of meaningful and authentic partnerships between parents, school communities and parishes, and identify common goals based on shared values.

Disciples of Jesus Covenant Community

An international community of people united in mutual commitment to each other and the Catholic way of life. Our membership comprises of families, single men and women, as well as priests and religious. We aim to renew and serve the Church by bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to others, by fostering a missionary outlook in its members and encouraging participation in local works of evangelisation, service and mercy.

Family Group Movement

Family Groups build Christian community through the development of extended families.
  • It is a great way to get to know other members of the parish and to support one another.
  • Each group may include married, divorced, singles, widowed, children, grandparents, Catholic, non-Catholic, lay and religious.
  • Existing groups are in West Wollongong, Nowra, Kiama, Culburra Beach and Bulli.

Good Samaritan Associates

Campbelltown branch meets fortnightly on Fridays, studies the rule of St Benedict, the Psalms and the Scriptures and prays for the needs of the parish.

Hartzer Park Retreat & Conference Centre

  • A place of quiet and peaceful rest amid the business of life.
  • A place to enable you to become more at home with your God.
  • Hartzer Park is a ministry of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.
  • Besides retreat programme, spiritual direction and private retreats are available at any time for those who seek them.

Institutes of Consecrated Life

Our Diocese is enriched by a number of religious orders of priests, brothers and sisters. 

iStand nights

iSTAND Nights is a Catholic youth group that meets on Friday nights at St Columbkille's parish in Corrimal. A great place to meet other young people, relax, play games and have fun, but also to learn about God and what it means to be a Christian. You also get to meet the Youth Mission Team.

Lay Carmelites

Lay Carmelites are men and women from all walks of life who are called to live 'in the midst of the people' according to the spirit of the contemplative Order of Carmelites.

Legion of Mary

  • The Legion sees as its priority the spiritual and social welfare of each person.
  • Members visit families and the sick, both in homes and hospitals and through supporting parish life through many other activities.

Mount Carmel Retreat Centre

  • Many men and women have found healing, hope and renewal in an experience of the living God at Mount Carmel.
  • Newly renovated and expanded in 2012, all rooms now feature ensuites and many have double beds. More rooms are now available with direct, level access to the prayer room, dining room and chapel.

Network of Adult Faith Formation

  • This network consists of appointed parish faith formation representatives, those interested in faith formation, and representatives of other faith groups.
  • The network meets four times a year, exchanging faith initiatives and supporting upcoming initiatives for the diocese.

Ruah Young Adults Group

RUAH is a Catholic Charismatic young adults group held fortnightly at the Xavier Conference Centre (38 Harbour St, Wollongong). We focus on the love of God, and learning how to love others boldly, fearlessly and freely. Please visit www.facebook.com/RuahYoungAdults for more info, and details about our next meeting!

Secular Franciscan Order

The rule and life of the Secular Franciscan Order is to observe the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ by following the example of St Francis of Assisi, who made Christ the inspiration and the centre of his life with God and people.

Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites

  • Contemplation in ordinary life.
  • The Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites are called to be witnesses to the world of the transcendent value of the Gospel and especially of prayer as it was taught by Jesus in the spirit of the Beatitudes.

Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy, Penrose Park

  • Penrose Park with its various devotional areas in a setting of natural beauty, serves as a spiritual oasis open to everyone who wants to meet with Our Lord Jesus Christ and his Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary.
  • The Shrine is served by the Pauline Fathers and is open daily for everyone.

Spirituality in the Pub

  • Offers a forum for conversation within the Church for people interested in religion and spirituality.
  • It provides an opportunity to hear and express a variety of opinions about topics of concern.

St Mary's Towers

  • St Mary's Towers is gifted with an atmosphere conducive to prayer and reflection.
  • We cultivate a place of profound contemplative silence in an hospitable environment which binds and communicates.

St Vincent de Paul Society Youth

Groups of young people across the diocese living the Society's mission through helping the disadvantaged, visiting prisoners and the elderly, helping with emergency visitation and deepening their spirituality and friendships.

Taize in Community

Ecumenical groups gathering together for fellowship, prayer and reflection.

The Hermitage

A place of spiritual formation and rejuvenation for young people and adults, in Mittagong, run by the Marist Brothers.

The VENUE

  • The Venue Conference Centre is the perfect coastal location for your next conference or retreat.
  • Located adjacent to the grounds of Holy Spirit College, Bellambi, the Venue can accommodate 48 people, and is also available for day conferences and retreats.
  • The Venue is operated by YMT Australia.

Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity

Verbum Dei is dedicated to Prayer and the Ministry of the Word; offering retreats, spiritual guidance, day encounters with people of all ages, Schools of the Word and School of Apostles.

Wollongong University Chaplaincy

  • Providing support to students at Wollongong University.
  • Mass is celebrated weekly during the university term on the University campus in the McKinnon Building (67).
  • Bible studies, faith sharing groups and social activities are also held regularly.

Youth Mission Team

  • The YMT is a ministry of young men and women who have deferred career or tertiary studies to dedicate 12 months to serving full-time as youth ministers in schools and parishes.
  • YMT's National Office and Training is based here in the Wollongong Diocese, situated adjacent to Holy Spirit College, Bellambi.
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