Discalced Carmelites of the Australia Oceania Region

Meet the Retreat Team

Fr Johny Arattukulam OCD

is an Indian Discalced Carmelite friar and has joined our retreat centre from 2006. He was professed in 1972 and ordained priest in 1979. He has worked in many parts of India and abroad. He holds a Licentiate in Sacred Theology with the specialization in Spirituality from Teresianum, the Carmelite faculty in Rome.

Fr Bernard Hancock OCD

hails from Boonah, Qld. He joined the Discalced Carmelite order in 2001 and was ordained in 2010.His interests include reading contemporary spiritual works, listening to U2 and Bruce Springsteen and reading Science fiction novels.

Fr Greg Burke OCD

is from Sydney.  He has ministered as a Carmelite priest in every state of Australia and a number of countries overseas.   Greg studied Carmelite spirituality at the Washington Theological Union and the International Centre for Teresian and Sanjuanist Spirituality in Avila, Spain.  He has been a member of the Varroville Carmelite community since 2002.  Greg has a special interest in St Teresa and contemporary issues in spirituality.  As well as retreat work and internet teaching Greg is Wollongong diocesan chaplain to people with disabilities and their families.

Dr John Francis Collins

is Projects Manager at the Catholic Enquiry Centre and teaches theology at Australian Catholic University. His PhD thesis examined the Foundations of Practical Theology. John’s work at the Catholic Enquiry Centre involves promoting and explaining Catholicism to Catholics and non-Catholics. He brings to the Retreat Team an expertise and special interest in men’s spirituality with a particular interest in the relationship between depth psychology and spirituality. You can follow the blog he writes for the Catholic Enquiry Centre at: www.catholicenquiry.com/blog.html

John Charadia

Archdiocesan Creative Arts Adviser at the Catholic Education Office, Sydney, has had 32 years experience working as a classroom practitioner, a specialist in the Creative Arts and leader of a number of Arts and Spirituality projects. Author of a number of publications on Creativity, Values Education and the Arts, John engages his participants in artistic and reflective ways.

Fr Greg Homeming OCD

was recently Regional Superior of the Discalced Carmelites and has previously been Novice Master and Retreat Director. He often gives conferences on Carmelite spirituality.

Fr Shane Kelleher OCD

hails from Aotearoa/New Zealand. He joined the Carmelites in Australia in 1985. After studies at Yarra Theological Union and final vows in 1991, Shane spent 10 years as a missionary in Africa (5 years in Nigeria and then 5 years in Kenya). Returning to Melbourne in 2002, he continued to work in the area of formation and was also involved with the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry. In 2008 he joined the Mt Carmel Retreat community at Varroville. He was ordained to the priesthood on 16th July 2011.

Fr Gabriel Maliakkal OCD

was born in India and has only this year come to join our community here at Varroville. He was professed as a Carmelite in 1962 and ordained to the priesthood in 1969. He holds a doctorate in Theology from the “Teresianum” in Rome, a diploma in Catechetics from the East Asian Pastoral Institute in Manila and a Specialisation in Mystical Theology from the International Centre for Sanjuanistic Studies in Avila. He has many years of experience as teaching Theology (Moral) in India and Africa as well as pastoral experience in Kuwait.

Fr Gerard Moran OCD

originally from Ireland has been living in Australia since 1993 and has been involved in the retreat and parish ministry and formation. After completing his priestly studies he studied Sacred Scripture in Rome and Liturgy in Ireland.

Anna Prifdi

spent half her years in Europe, she now works and lives in Melbourne, Australia. Trained in the studio of iconography of a monk from Mount Athos, Anna has now over 20 years of experience in Byzantine iconography and Mural Painting. Since adopting Australia as her home in 2000, she has completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a diploma of Graphic Design at Swinburne University in Melbourne.

Fr Aloysius Rego OCD

migrated with his family from Burma. He joined the Discalced Carmelites in Australia. After ordination and post-graduate studies, he spent some years teaching theology at the Yarra Theological Union in Melbourne. He has also been involved in retreat ministry. He has recently published a book on St. Therese of Lisieux entitled: “Holiness for All”. He is currently Regional Superior of the Discalced Carmelites.

Geoff Stumbles

is a retired Investment Banker. He is also a trained counsellor in grief, death and dying. He is a graduate of the Institute of Carmelite Studies in Washington DC. Geoff is married with two grown up sons.

Fr Tadgh Tierney OCD

trained as a Carmelite in Ireland and soon after ordination he was sent to the UK where he worked for 23 years. In England he worked mainly in parish ministry but also worked with students when they studied at Ushaw College in Durham. He did further studies in ecumenical theology and divinity and also taught Scripture for some years in England. He has been in Australia since 1993, mostly in parish ministry but also giving retreats in Carmelite spirituality.