St Mary’s in Exile is a vibrant, diverse community comprising people of many faiths and traditions. Between 300 and 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 eNews. Spiritual and social events are also held throughout the year.
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 ‘Cluster’ groups.
Social Activities and Pastoral Care – St Mary’s in Exile aims to build community through connecting the spiritual, social, pastoral care and social justice focus of the SMX community. Community members coordinate regular social activities including morning teas, dinners, spiritual and cultural events, support for social justice actions, and pastoral care for people experiencing illness, grief or difficult times.
Cluster Groups – These are small groups across Brisbane that meet at various times during the year. Cluster Groups 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. Individual group’s activities vary from social ‘get-togethers’ to theological discussions and spiritual reflection. Cluster Groups are held in Northern, Southern, Fairfield, Windsor, Paddington, Tarragindi and Redlands Bayside regions, in addition to the ‘Perfect Brilliant Stillness’ group. For information about joining an existing cluster or hosting a new cluster group, send us a message via the Contact Us page on this website.
Social Justice – A key aspect of St Mary’s in Exile is the community’s emphasis on social justice focusing on partnership with, and 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 various programs that assist vulnerable people at home and in other countries.
Buddhist Meditation Group – St Mary’s in Exile has a long affiliation with this group, with participants from the community meeting weekly for over 13 years. Initially held in St Mary’s Church, the group now gathers at the Albert Park Flexi School, near Milton Rd on Wednesday evenings from 6.50pm until 8.30pm. For more information contact: Mark Chalmers: m) 0401 684 782
Children’s Liturgy – Children’s liturgy is held during 9am Mass. Suitably qualified volunteers from the community are encouraged to assist with the program. Resources are provided and feedback indicates both the people who conduct the program and the children find it lots of fun.