Peoplespeak is produced with ecclesiastical approval by
By listening to the stories people tell us of how the gospel
illuminates their lives we become aware of the presence of Jesus within
us and in
those we meet.
Peoplespeak focuses on seeing the light of the gospel in
Carmelprint is a work of the community of the Discalced Carmelite Sisters
at Varroville, in the South-Western outskirts of Sydney, NSW.
The Carmelite Nuns are a group of religious women living a contemplative
life in community. Our life is one of prayer, seeking to know and to love
the Living God and to respond to his love by the gift of ourselves to
THE CARMEL OF MARY & JOSEPH, VARROVILLE.
Situated on a hilltop in a rural setting commanding a magnificent view
in almost every direction over the surrounding countryside of rolling
hills and bushland with the city of Campbelltown spread out beneath us
a few miles distant. We are gifted with a natural solitude, peace and
We have endeavoured to maintain, renew and inculturate our Teresian-Carmelite
heritage in a genuinely Australian setting at the start of the 21st century
and the 3rd Millennium.
ST. TERESA OF JESUS (1515-1582)
A glance at Teresa:
- Attractive, vivacious, concerned about her appearance and
- Popular, with a gift for friendship
- Intelligent and a good understanding, but little formal education;
- Born at Avila in Spain, where at twenty years of age she entered
the Carmelite Monastery of the Incarnation;
- Her gift for friendship was to find its culmination in Friendship
With Christ - which is her definition of prayer;
Led by her experience of God in prayer, she sought to restore
the Primitive Rule of Carmel and thus established the Carmel of
St. Joseph in Avila in 1562.
From this beginning, Teresa founded Carmels throughout Spain,
and with St. John of the Cross established her reform amongst
the friars of Carmel. The nuns and friars became known as the
Both St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross left a precious legacy
to their daughters and sons, and to the whole Church, in the example
of their lives, their close union with God and their extensive
writings on our journey to God in the ways of prayer.
From these beginnings, the Discalced Carmelite Nuns and Friars
have spread across the world and have borne such notable fruits
as St.Therese of Lisieux, Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity and St.
Edith Stein with the contribution they have made to Christian
and Carmelite spirituality and writings.