New spirituality centre set for Brisbane

A new spirituality centre to open in Brisbane's southern bayside suburb of Ormiston next year will be named the Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre.

The Catholic Leader reports in naming the site in honour of St Therese of Lisieux (Santa Teresa), the 19th century Carmelite nun who died at the age of 24, Archbishop Bathersby was well pleased that the centre will bear the name of a young woman renowned for her dedicated prayer life.

"Given the Carmelite Sisters live nearby at Ormiston, and the spirituality centre is to be built on land that previously belonged to the Carmelites, it is entirely appropriate the centre should carry a woman's name and if possible a Carmelite saint," he said.

Archbishop Bathersby said the other inspiration behind naming the centre Santa Teresa was related to the famous indigenous Catholic mission located 80km outside Alice Springs.

Several of the buildings at the spirituality centre will be renovated, having previously formed part of the Cenacle Retreat Centre run by the Cenacle Sisters from 1980 until 2006.

The sisters sold the retreat centre to the archdiocese in 2006 and returned to live in New Zealand.

Construction is due for completion in the middle of 2009 and the facility will have the capacity to host weekday, overnight or weekend retreats for up to 30 people.

Experienced educator and writer, Jesuit Father Chris Gleeson has been appointed as first director of the spirituality centre.


Spirituality centre honours saint (Catholic Leader, 25/5/08)


St Therese of Lisieux (Wikipedia)


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