VICTORIA

Christian Life Community


A successful 22 year collaborative CLC/Jesuit Tertianship Retreat Project between the Jesuit community and CLC continued across Australia from April 26-May 21, 2016 using the First Spiritual Exercises program. These retreats are a special opportunity for people in regional and rural areas to have an experience of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in their daily life. Jesuit Tertians from Germany, Italy, Japan, Philippines, Malaysia, Jamaica, Brazil and the USA stayed in the various parishes and conducted the retreats over a four week period. These retreats are part of the Tertian formation experience while they are staying in Australia.

273 people across Australia participated in the retreats which were held in:

  Qld - Mt. Isa and Innisfail
  NSW - Dapto
  Vic - Bendigo and Geelong
  SA - Whyalla and Murray Bridge
  WA - Bunbury
  NT - Darwin

For those wanting 'more' after the retreat the National CLC team provided a new five week Program for Life, which has been very well received in the parishes.

- A few reflections from 2016 retreatants -
- A sense of peacefulness, inner peace amid turmoil
- Something new, a beginning, chance to learn and grow
- A new way of praying and discerning
- Accepting self as loved by God
- The power of silence and listening to God
- Overwhelming, closer to God, amazing experience
- Challenging and empowering, a roller coaster ride
- The simplicity of prayer

Planning for the 2017 CLC/Jesuit Tertianship Retreat Project is underway.