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A Christmas Reflection

A Christmas Reflection

Editor's note: The following reflection concludes 'Brian's Reflections' for our 40th-anniversary celebrations. It is the longest, but in Brian's own words, "It is very close to me". Almost fifty years ago, I spent Christmas day with Mother Saint Teresa of Calcutta. ...

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Family Care Sisters Entrust Home of 80 Years to Heart of Life

Family Care Sisters Entrust Home of 80 Years to Heart of Life

Kewn Kreestha (Gaelic for 'Quiet of Christ') in Croydon, has been for decades, a sanctuary for caregiving, compassionate ministry and service, thanks to the Family Care Sisters. Generations of women have come through its doors for healing, respite and nourishment. The...

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Congratulations, HOL 2023

Congratulations, HOL 2023

It's been one week since our 2023 Commissioning Ceremony at Sacred Heart Church, Croydon; one week since we celebrated and congratulated our graduands and formation staff on another year of study, companionship and learning together. It was an evening of many firsts...

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Where is God Now?

Where is God Now?

We live in confusing times.  Many of us find the Covid restrictions terribly hard. At one point, psychologists were saying that we are in lockdown fatigue.  Others are quite disturbed by the many disasters in our world, the earthquakes and the damaging bushfires and...

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A Permanent Home for Heart of Life

The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in Australia established Heart of Life in 1983.  Across its forty years, Heart of Life’s story has been one of frequent moves and of generous hospitality from unexpected people and places. From humble yet solid beginnings at Surrey...

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Funeral for ‘Our Beloved’ Sr Robyn Reynolds olsh

Funeral for ‘Our Beloved’ Sr Robyn Reynolds olsh

Members of the Heart of Life community were among the congregation of people that gathered last week to farewell Sr Robyn Reynolds olsh. Presided by Fr Peter Malone msc and others, and in fellowship with the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, MSC Sisters and...

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HOL Faculty Chris Chaplin msc to General Assistant

HOL Faculty Chris Chaplin msc to General Assistant

Congratulations to Chris Chaplin msc on his appointment for a second term as the General Assistant to the Superior General of the MSC General Council. Chris will be known to many at Heart of Life as their tutor for meditation, mindfulness and mandalas as well as...

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Alumni Digest Oct 2023

Alumni Digest Oct 2023

Spread the word! Two of our Heart of Life team have contributions in the YTU Alumni Digest (Vol 8 Iss 2, 6 Oct 2023), appearing below. The Yarra Theological Union is a member college of the University of Divinity, "an inclusive and welcoming community for theological...

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Relationship with God

Relationship with God

That wonderfully charismatic figure, Martin Luther King, was fond of saying, “The church is the place you go out from.” Heart of Life, Centre for Spiritual and Pastoral Formation, is a place you go out from. People come in, certainly, and are warmly welcomed, but our...

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Robyn Reynolds olsh, RIP

Robyn Reynolds olsh, RIP

Heart of Life staff and students gathered today to share a time of remembrance for our dear colleague Robyn, who died unexpectedly on 1st October 2023. Robyn was full of love for Heart of Life, for what we do and for our students and staff.  In fact, Robyn was just...

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