Founded by St Francis of Assisi in the early 13th century. Members are lay men and women who gather regularly in fraternity professing to live the Gospel in the manner of St Francis of Assisi by following the Rule of Life.
The Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites are called to be witnesses to the world of the transcendent value of the Gospel and especially of prayer as it was taught by Jesus in the spirit of the Beatitudes.
Penrose Park with its various devotional areas in a setting of natural beauty, serves as a spiritual oasis open to everyone who wants to meet with Our Lord Jesus Christ and his Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Shrine is served by the Pauline Fathers and is open daily for everyone.
The mission of the Society is to deepen the Catholic faith of its members to go out into our nation to heighten the awareness of Jesus Christ. We do this by sharing ourselves - who we are and what we have - with the poor on a person to person basis.
The Society of St Vincent de Paul in Wollongong Diocese operates 24 centres of charity, 40 conferences based in parishes a number of school groups and a number of specialist welfare services.
Groups of young people across the diocese living the Society's mission through helping the disadvantaged, visiting prisoners and the elderly, helping with emergency visitation and deepening their spirituality and friendships.