Wednesday 14 to Friday 16 February

University of Melbourne, Parkville and Cardinal Knox Centre, East Melbourne

This international symposium is part of an Australian Research Council Discovery Project examining the patronage of Melbourne’s first Catholic Bishop James Goold. Investigating Goold’s contribution to the cultural environment of colonial Melbourne, the project’s three themes will be contextualised over three days. Sessions will be devoted to the Bishop’s important Baroque painting collection, his colonial library and his patronage of the British architect William Wilkinson Wardell, and its imprint on the built environment of Melbourne.

Friday 23 February, 7pm

Caroline Chisholm Library, Level 3, 358 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Anyone interested in reading and discussing Christian books and poetry is welcome to join the monthly meetings of the Catholic Book Club.

This month we are discussing "The Snake Pit", Vol 2 of "The Master of Hestviken" by Sigrid Undset.

“The Master” was written following Undset’s conversion to Catholicism. Both her parents were atheists. A Norwegian novelist, Undset was awarded the Nobel prize for Literature in 1928.

Details: Paul Nixon on 0405 486 531 or website

Saturday 24 Feburary, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Carmelite Centre, 214 Richardson St, Middle Park


Mondays 26 February, and 5, 19 and 26 March, 6–8pm

Jesuit College of Spirituality, 175 Royal Parade, Parkville

Jesuit College of Spirituality is pleased to announce a four-part Lenten Public Lecture series for 2018. Sister Maryanne Confoy, and Fathers Hoa Trung Dinh, Andy Hamilton and Robin Koning will be covering the following topics:

Reconciliation: a lifelong invitation

The Eucharist and ethics: from worship to Christian formation and social action

Ignatian spirituality and a time of conflict

Mary in Ignatian spirituality: her neglected role

Wednesdays 28 February and 7, 14 and 21 March, 6–8pm

ACU Melbourne Campus, 115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy

Explore the gospel that will be heard in the Sunday lectionary in 2018 from an historical and narrative context, and in dialogue with the experiences of people’s lives today. ACU invites registrations for this upcoming short course, which is open to the public:

How might Mark’s Gospel have been heard in the first century?

What vision of life did the Gospel of Mark paint and why?

How might people in the 21st century make sense of the vision that unfolds in Mark’s Gospel?

To what extent does the ‘good news’ of Mark continue to speak to people today, more than 2000 years after it was first heard?

What does Mark tell us today about suffering and dying?

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