The Beginnings of Siloam

There was no program for the formation of spiritual directors in Australia when Siloam began in 1979.  For the first few years, it was a part-time program, one day a week for the academic year.  Initially in Sydney, then moving to Melbourne, interest and demand for...

Stephen Hackett, msc Provincial Visitation

Newly-appointed MSC Provincial, Fr Stephen Hackett msc, is visiting the different communities in each city since returning to Australia from Vietnam. He spent some time today with the group from the Heart of Life Centre for Spiritual & Pastoral Formation, met the...

What a celebration it was!

A happy gathering of people attended our 40th Anniversary celebrations on the Feast of the Sacred Heart on 16th June.  Forty years signifies another milestone for Heart of Life as the longest-running Spirituality Centre in Australia. People from all over the world...

Understanding Spiritual Direction

Heart of Life calls itself a Centre for Spiritual and Pastoral Formation. Pastoral formation is about preparing people for their pastoral ministry. But what is spiritual formation?  Something to do with preparing people inwardly, preparing one’s heart and soul, one’s...

A Day With Pádraig Ó Tuama

Last week Heart of Life joined with Kardia, Living Well and Wellspring to host a masterclass for Spiritual Directors with Pádraig Ó Tuama. Though wet and cold, and more of a wintry blast than a Melbourne autumn, it was a most extraordinary day. Gently held and weaved...