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Janssen Retreat Centre – Karuna – Retreats

February 1 @ 8:00 am - November 30 @ 5:00 pm

The Spirituality Centre is an initiative of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD).  The Centre is rooted in the spirituality of St Arnold Janssen SVD (1833-1909), whose dream of a united world moved him and his followers to reach out to people of all cultures and spiritual traditions.

The Centre, formerly the site of a contemplative community of the Good Shepherd Sisters, has been a place of prayer and relaxation since its foundation.  It has a living tradition of being a place for spiritual retreats and personal renewal. For many years it was known as ‘Karuna’,  a place of loving kindness and active compassion. This tradition continues as a central focus of the Centre.

The Centre is proving to be a popular venue for people from metropolitan Melbourne, country Victoria and interstate.

Every Monday 10am – 11am.

When we sit and read the bible we allow ourselves to become men and women who are able to listen to the gentle voice of God (I Kings 19:12).Read more…

Centering Prayer

Group 1: Tuesday from 11.30am – 12.30pm.

It is an opportunity for lay people to experience Christian meditation, focusing on the presence of God in their lives.  Read more…

Satsang Prayer

Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, from 10.30am – 11.30am
We meet to read, pray with, and discuss a section of the Hindu…  Read more…

Hindu Scripture Study

2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 11.00am.

Hindu Scripture Study focuses on reading and reflecting on Hindu sacred texts.  Read more…

Qur’an Prayer

Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 10.30am till 11.30am

We meet to read, listen deeply to the words read, and share our reflection on sections of the Quran, the holy book of the Moslem faith.  Read more…

Scripture Study

Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 10am – 11.30am.

Pope St. John Paul II said: By giving the Bible to men and women you are giving Christ himself.  Read more…


February 1 @ 8:00 am
November 30 @ 5:00 pm
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Society of the Divine Word Australia Province
+61 2 9868 2666
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Janssen Retreat Centre – Karuna
22 Woodvale Road,
Boronia, VIC 3155 Australia
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(03) 9762 6625
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