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July 2021 - Our Latest News...

‘Siloam’ Taster Session, Saturday 14 August 2021, 9.30am-11am
(In-person & Zoom event)

We are planning a taster session for the 44th Siloam Program for the Formation of Spiritual Directors that will begin in 2022. This will be held at our Centre in Malvern as well as via Zoom... Continue reading...


June 2021 - What's Happening at Heart of Life...

Looking for Candidates for the 44th Siloam Cohort to Study in 2022

Over 75% of Siloam candidates come to Heart of Life because they have been recommended by our network.  THANK YOU!  We will be advertising for our 2022 cohort throughout July. This year, we will be offering a series of... Continue reading...


1968: A Reflection in Four Parts

Part I: Preamble

In 1965, I was faced with a challenging decision. In 1964, I had successfully completed my Senior exams at Downlands College, Toowoomba, and I found myself looking at two life choices, viz., whether to enrol in an Arts/Law degree at the University of Queensland, or to join an... Continue reading...


The Story of Emmaus - The Awareness in the Breaking of the Bread

Two disciples leave Jerusalem on a seven-mile journey to the village of Emmaus. Their demeanour is downcast as they reflect on the life of Jesus of Nazareth in whom they had placed such faith and hope until his untimely, brutal death snatched him from them. On their journey they are... Continue reading...


안녕하십니까? [annyeong-hashimnikka?] (Are you at peace?)

by Paul Beirne, Director

Let me state at the outset that I am a great fan of a tragically divided country that lies directly to the north of Australia—Korea, and specifically, South Korea, where I lived for 17 years, from 1984 to 2000.

Soon after arriving in Seoul, at age 38, I... Continue reading...


The Best of Times, The Worst of Times & Covid One Nine

by Paul Beirne, Director of Heart of Life Centre for Spiritual & Pastoral Formation

Some years ago, I attended a Higher Education conference in Canberra at which the key-note speaker—The Federal Minister for Education– began his presentation by posing a question to the assembly:

“Can anyone name the Three Chinese Curses?”, he... Continue reading...


The Tree on the Hill

by Paul Beirne

In 1966, after taking a year ‘out’ following high school to determine what to do with my life, I joined a Catholic religious order to begin training as a missionary priest. One did this by ‘entering a Novitiate’–a religious tradition dating back centuries–which required a significant leap of... Continue reading...


Autumn Reflection

by Paul Beirne

About 25 years ago, give or take, when I was residing in Seoul, South Korea, I had the opportunity to play host to two German priests who were on their way home from missionary work in Indonesia. They were in Seoul for a day and a half, and... Continue reading...


The Gift of Spiritual Direction

by Brian Gallagher msc

People often ask me ‘what do you do all day?’ For some reason, ‘mowing the lawn, pruning the roses, and walking the dog’ never seem good enough answers. ‘But what’s your work?’ they say. ‘Well, okay, I’m a spiritual director.’ Sometimes the next response is ‘A what!?’... Continue reading...