About Us

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.
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Frequently Asked Questions
We are often asked questions such as the following.  
1.  How do I become a friend of the Centre?
2.  How do I receive a copy of the annual programme and newsletter?
3.  How much does it cost to attend programmes and retreats at the Janssen Centre?
4.   Are there live-in facilities?
5.   Are there facilities for people with special needs?
6.   How is payment made?
7.   Where is the Janssen Centre located?
8.   What sort of clothing should I bring?
9.   Who do I contact if I have other questions?
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Becoming a Friend of the Spirituality Centre

The Friends support the Centre by donating their time and labour as selfless service (seva).  The areas of most need include: assistance prior to and during events: assisting in the kitchen, the garden, etc.  If you are interested, please contact the Centre. There is a process of induction during which friends learn the ethos of the Centre, building on  their experiences and offering constructive suggestions.  Read More>>