Other prayer and spirituality ministries

Jesus does not relegate his grace to Church activities only. He follows us into work, into school, into our homes and into the rest of our world.

If we are to live spiritually, we must be aware of God in all of these places. Each of us is called to a deeper relationship with God—to develop our spirituality. As God calls us to an intimate friendship and we respond to God’s presence with a vibrant, dynamic faith, we increase in grace (the relationship between us and God).

Prayer is the most direct way to communicate with God. Catholics have two kinds of prayer—formal and informal. Included in formal prayer are the Mass and other liturgical celebrations, the Liturgy of the Hours (Divine Office), the rosary, novenas and other devotions. Among informal prayer are meditation, contemplation, personal reflection, centering oneself in the presence of God, and silence. There are a number of groups in the diocese that can help you nurture your spiritual life—allowing you to talk and to listen to God.

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Other prayer and spirituality ministries


Catholic Charistmatic Renewal Prayer Groups

Prayer groups characterised by expressive, joyful praise, an openness to the spiritual gifts including prophecy and healing. There is also music, talks, testimonies and prayer.
local_phone 0413 126 095

Good Samaritan Oblates

Lay women and men sharing in the life and commitments of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan by meeting monthly to study the rule of St Benedict, the Psalms and the Scriptures and to pray for the needs of the Diocese.
local_phone (02) 4228 9680

Lay Carmelites

Lay men and women who form an integral part of the Carmelite family and try to live out the Carmelite way of life in the ordinary circumstances of family and social life. Communities meet at least once a month for prayer and formation in Carmelite Spirituality.
local_phone (02) 4232 2735

Legion of Mary

A spiritual society that participates in home visitation, reciting the rosary before funerals, bringing Holy Communion to the sick, and supporting parish life through many other activities. Members participate in weekly meetings of prayer, reports and discussion.
local_phone (02) 4285 3565
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Order of the Secular Franciscans—Illawarra and Macarthur

Founded by St Francis of Assisi in the early 13th century. Members are lay men and women who gather regularly in fraternity professing to live the Gospel in the manner of St Francis of Assisi by following the Rule of Life.
local_phone 0411 800 526

Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites—Macarthur

Lay men and women (and diocesan clergy) who share the same charism as the Discalced Carmelite Friars and Sisters—the same traditions, the same call to holiness and the same apostolic mission—not in a monastic community but in the world.
local_phone (02) 8795 3450

Spirituality in the Pub—Illawarra

Forum for conversation held in local venues providing interesting speakers on topical and sometimes challenging subjects. Input from speakers is followed by conversation in which all present are encouraged to participate.
local_phone 0438 321 535