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Welcome to KARUNA, the popular name for the Arnold Janssen Spirituality Centre

Motto: KARUNA - A Compassionate Heart... Embracing ALL

Welcome to Janssen Spirituality Centre

We look forward to welcoming you all to our beautiful and inspiring Spirituality Centre.

One of the distinguishing features of the centre is the warm and hospitable welcome extended to all who come. Our motto and vision, reflected in our logo, is 'Karuna' a compassionate heart, embracing everyone with unconditional love.

We warmly welcome parish groups, teams, prayer groups, meditation groups and individuals to consider our facility as a welcoming space to either host your events or to attend various programs offered in our centre.


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The Centre is a work of the Divine Word Missionaries (SVD), which was founded in 2008.

The Goals and Objectives of the Centre are as follows:

  1. To be a place of peace and harmony through prayer, meditation and outreach.
  2. To promote inter-religious dialogue, understanding and cooperation.
  3. To assist in developing a pastoral and spiritual dimension to inter-religious dialogue and cross-cultural activities.
  4. To promote cooperative links with organizations and groups sponsoring ecumenical and inter-religious activities.
  5. To assist in educating and motivating Christians and other faith community leaders to take up the challenge to participate actively in inter-religious dialogue and cross-cultural activities.
  6. To encourage public interest in the role of religions in society.


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In the spirit of reconciliation, the Society of the Divine Word, Australia Province, acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea, sky, and community.

We acknowledge their skin-groups, story-lines, traditions, religiosity and living cultures.

We pay respect to their elders, past, present, and emerging, and extend that respect to all indigenous peoples of New Zealand, Thailand, and Myanmar.

We are committed to building with them, a brighter future together.

The Arnold Janssen Spirituality Centre for Inter-religious and Cross-cultural Relations, commonly known as KARUNA, is an initiative of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) Australia Province

22 Woodvale Road, Boronia VIC 3155
Phone: (03) 9762 6625 | Email:  Contact Us

The Karuna logo and symbol is owned by the Society of the Divine Word (Australian Province) and is Copyright © Protected. It may not be used for any purpose without written permission from the Centre Director.