St Mary’s in Exile is a vibrant, diverse community comprising people of many faiths and traditions. Over 500 community members participate in weekend liturgies, including people from a wide range of suburbs, coastal, regional and rural locations. The community regularly welcomes interstate and overseas visitors and over 1200 people maintain connection via our community’s eBulletin. Spiritual and social events are also held throughout the year. The SMX community connects through participation in spiritual, social, pastoral care and social justice activities.
Spiritual Practice – In addition to liturgies, community members can participate in meditation and mindfulness practice, spiritual retreats, community building activities, action for social justice, and discussion groups.
Social Activities and Pastoral Care – Regular social activities include morning teas, dinners, weekend events and spiritual and cultural visits and tours. The community regularly connects through offering pastoral support for people experiencing illness, grief or difficult times. Involvement in these activities enhances the spiritual life of the community.
Cluster Groups – A range of small groups (commonly known as ‘clusters’) operating in the community, have meetings at various times during the year. Groups are located in suburbs across Brisbane where clusters of community members gather to discuss matters of common interest, or of interest to the broader St Mary’s in Exile community including books, social justice issues and general topics of interest. While each group is autonomous, those involved are invited to share news of their activities with the rest of the community .
Social Justice – A key aspect of St Mary’s in Exile is the Community’s focus on social justice including commitment to Micah Projects and the relief of homelessness, support for organisations and individuals assisting refugees and asylum seekers, advocating on environmental and other social justice issues, and supporting programs that assist vulnerable people both locally and in other countries.