Symposium – St Teresa of Avila

To be held at the Carmelite Centre in Middle Park.

Beginning at 2.00pm on Thursday 21 May there will be a two day Symposium on Saint Teresa of Avila held at the Carmelite Centre. This will be followed by a morning retreat on Saturday 23 May at 10.00am.  A range of outstanding speakers will give papers on different aspects of the life, work and history of Saint Teresa. See the program below.  An exhibition of books and periodicals will be mounted in the Carmelite Library to coincide with the Symposium.

To book

Use this link to book for the St Teresa of Avila Symposium.


214 Richardson Street, Middle Park, Melbourne.

Queries – (03) 9699 1922


Thursday 21 May

2pm – Welcome
Juan Carlos Gafo Spanish Consul – General in Melbourne

2.30 – 4.00 pm
Teresa in her times and her readers today– Greg Burke OCD
Saint Teresa as a spiritual director today – Austin Cooper OMI AM

4.30 – 6.00pm
Holy life, prophecies and death of St. Teresa on the Spanish Golden Age stage – Vicente Pérez de León
St. Teresa, Doctor of the Church – Katharine Massam

7.30 – 9.30pm
Sacred Desire: The Ecstasy or Transverberation of St Teresa of Avila – David Tacey

Friday 22 May

9.30 – 11.00am
To Know the Gaze of God – Sister Miriam OCDM
Saint Teresa’s Gift of Wisdom – Sister Paula Moroney OCDM
Jesus Christ, Teresa’s True Friend and Companion : Her Defintion of Prayer – Sister Angela Ellwood OCDM

11.30 – 1.00pm
On Saint Teresa’s Writings – Sister Teresa Jerome OCDM
Teresa’s Conversion: The movement from performer to beloved – Adrian Jones
On Teresa’s approach to community living – Richard Hallett

2.30 – 4.00pm
A Bernard McGinn Retrospective – Philip Harvey
For whom did St Teresa write?  Reading the Interior Castle today – Greg Burke OCD

Saturday 23 May

10.00am – 12 noon
Teresa’s Four Waters of Prayer: Freeing the Flow – Bernadette Micallef OCDS

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