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The Janssen Spirituality Centre is dedicated to promoting   Spirituality, Inter-religious and Cross-cultural relations. Located in the foothills of the Dandenong, the Centre is in the residential suburb of Boronia, 29 km east of Melbourne near Ferntree Gully. The Centre offers a peaceful environment for taking time out to reflect and relax. The residential community welcomes people of all religious traditions and cultural backgrounds. The Centre is well equipped for ecumenical and interfaith meetings, retreats, workshops and seminars. There is simple but comfortable accommodation for over-night retreatants.

Outside groups are invited to book the facilities for Retreats, Prayer days, Parish workshops and seminars. For further information, please contact Fr. Sunil (director) at 0422 423 340, or the Janssen Spirituality Centre at 03 9762 6625

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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).

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.

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…

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

Hindu Scripture Study focuses on reading and reflecting on Hindu sacred texts.

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.

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.

Contemplative Prayer is based on the wisdom saying of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount: '. . . when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will repay you.' (Matthew 6.6)


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

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