KARUNA - A Compassionate Heart, Embracing Everyone

Welcome to the Janssen Spirituality Centre

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 The Janssen Centre recognises and pays its respect to the traditional owners of the land of the Wurundjeri people (past and present), members of the Kulin Alliance.


About JSC:  A Unique Spirituality Centre

The Janssen Spirituality Centre (JSC), named in honour of St Arnold Janssen SVD, was opened in January 2008 as Melbourne's newest venue dedicated to the promotion of inter-religious and cross-cultural relations.  The Centre is dedicated to mutual understanding and enrichment, respect and collaboration, between followers of various cultures and faith traditions.

One of the distinguishing characteristics of the Centre is the warm and hospitable welcome extended to all who come to JSC.  The motto of the Centre, reflected in its logo, is  KARUNA:  A Compassionate Heart - Embracing All.  


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Members of the Tongan Community perform a welcome dance at a JSC Open Day.


Facilities: A place to experience and nourish the hunger of the heart

The Janssen Centre is equipped with a range of facilities suitable for cross-cultural events, ecumenical and interfaith meetings, retreats, workshops and seminars. It can be used for both residential and non-residential programmes. A maximum of 18-20 live-in guests can be accommodated comfortably.

The Janssen Centre offers a quiet environment for taking time from a busy life to relax, reflect and share. The Centre may be booked by outside groups for all of the above activities.

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The Janssen Centre offers programmes and events which provide a deeper understanding of the richness in all cultural and spiritual traditions.  It is also a venue at which people from all backgrounds can celebrate these traditions.

The Centre caters for cross-cultural programmes, ecumenical and interfaith meetings, retreats, meditation programmes for adults and children, workshops and seminars in adult-faith formation, women's spirituality.  

Outside groups are invited to book the facilities for retreats, prayer days, parish workshops and seminars. 

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Meditation Groups

The Janssen Spirituality Centre offers a range of meditation and contemplative living programmes based upon the sacred scriptures and sacred writings of the world's religions, e.g. Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Buddhist, and teachings of mystics and contemplative writers.

To read  more about the various programmes click on the pop down window marked 'Meditation Groups' on the tool bar above.