JSC Programmes

The Janssen Spirituality Centre is dedicated to promoting Spirituality, Inter-religious and Cross-cultural Relations. Locatedin the foothills of the Dandenongs, the Centre is in the residential suburb of Boronia, 29 km east of Melbourne near Ferntree Gully.  With the new Eastern Freeway open, the Centre is accessible within 30-40 minutes for most people.

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 comfortable accommodation for over-night retreatants.  

Annual Celebration of the Feast of St Arnold Janssen SVD.   January 15th is the Feast Day of St Arnold Janssen SVD who was the founder of the Society of the Divine Word in 1875, the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Spirit in 1889 and Holy Spirit Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in 1896.  Because that day may be in the middle of the week, the Arnoldus Family will celebrate the day at JSC on the Saturday closest to the Feast with Eucharist at 11am, followed by a light lunch and more sharing.  If you are interested in attending, please let us know by phone on (03) 9762 6625 or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it...  Booking essential.

On-going Spirituality Programmes:  The JSC offers a range of on-going programmes throughout the year.

Suggested donation for all meditation-based programmes is: Salary earners—paper; Concession Card Holders: gold coin.

Every Mondays 10am-11am, Lectio Divina. When we sit and read the bible  we allow ourselves to become men and women who are able to listen for the gentle voice of God (I Kings 19:12);  The art of lectio divina begins with cultivating the ability to listen with the ear of our hearts.  Come and learn how to hear the voice of God in your daily life.  Further information : Vincent Cassidy on 0400808545 or Frances Cassidy on 0404054425.

1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm.  menAlive Scripture Group is a national ministry to men which was founded out of a response to a great need in the hearts and lives of men.  This is not a course, but a group of men coming together to share their Christian journey of life together.  The group focuses on the daily scripture and on how this might be lived in the lives of individual men.  Information available from Fr Thien Nguyen 9762 6625

Invitation to join a Centering Prayer Christian Meditation Group. Groups 1: 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 7.30pm-8.30pm.  Group 2: Every Tuesday between 10am and 11am. An opportunity for lay people to experience Christian Meditation, focusing on the presence of God in their lives.  Centering Prayer has its roots in the earliest years of Christianity and has been promoted by the famous Trappist monks: Fr Thomas Keating ocso, Fr William Menninger ocso and Fr Basil Pennington ocso.  It has nurtures the faith life of Christian Meditation Groups around the world by showing people how to respond to the presence and action of God within.  For further information: contact Mrs Ria Parlevliet on 9720 2359

Thomas Merton and Bridges to Contemplative Living for lay people.Groups 1: 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 7.30pm-9pm.  Group 2: 1st and 3rd Wednesday between 10am and 11.30am. An invitation to lay people to join the Bridges to Contemplative Living Programme, based on the writings of the American Trappist monk: Fr Thomas Merton ocso.

2nd and 4th Thursday morning 10am-11am   Little Rock Scripture Study Programme Pope John Paul II said:  By giving the Bible to men and women you are giving Christ himself. The Little Rock Scripture Study Programme has been designed to help lay people grow in their knowledge and experience of scripture.  The programme begins with a short period of prayer, a reading of the text followed by a period of reflection and sharing on what the text means in our daily lives. The programme will also help you to open your mind and your heart to God’s Word.  Further information is available from Fr Thien Nguyen SVD (9762-6625)


RETREAT WEEKENDS:  Information on weekend retreats is available from the JSC DIrector :  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.