House of Discernment

Are you looking for some direction in your life?

Find that direction in Community!





If you're between the ages of 20 and 35, engaged in study or employment and asking important questions about your future vocation and path in life, then Healy House might be just the place for you.

Affirming the belief that God continues to call young men to a life or prayer and service in the Catholic Church, the Marist Brothers have created Healy House as a place of discernment and accompaniment, where you can gain some clarity and better respond to God's call in your life. We do this by living together in community, experiencing hospitality, prayer, service and fraternity.

In a spirit of invitation, listening and conversation, Healy House also seeks to provide young men considering a vocation to religious life with an opportunity to live together in an intentional Christian community, as a way of supporting each other on their vocational journey. Healy House creates a space in which young men who are asking questions about God’s call in their lives can live these questions together.

Mission of Healy House

Healy House is a place in which individuals can be assisted and mentored in exploring their vocational call, both privately and communally, while maintaining their current employment or student status.  Residents might be studying at University, TAFE or employed in a full-time or part-time capacity. The Discernment Program supports them by providing an environment conducive to prayer, community and pastoral activity. The Director of Vocations co-ordinates the program and lives with the residents.

The Program

Acknowledging the reality of work and study, the residents gather each day for prayer, a meal and fellowship, so as to come to know each other as ‘brothers in the Lord’. Together, residents work at building community and creating a supportive environment so as to deepen each person’s sense of personal and communal experience of living brotherhood.

To assist this discernment, Healy House offers the following program:

·      daily prayer

·      Eucharist in community or local parish

·      meals in common whenever possible

·      Community night once a week where all residents pray, share a meal and fellowship together.

·      regular accompaniment with the Director

·      monthly conferences and Marist formation meetings

·      regular service and outreach in the wider community

·      opportunity for spiritual direction (externally)

Location and Facilities

Healy House is located in the suburb of Eastwood, north-west of Sydney. It is within 30 minutes (by public transport) of the CBD, Australian Catholic University, Catholic Institute of Sydney, Broken Bay Institute, Notre Dame University, Macquarie University, Sydney University and the University of NSW. It is adjacent to a Marist Brothers Community and situated in the Catholic Parish of Eastwood.

Residents are provided with fully furnished rooms, shared bathrooms, a common kitchen, dining room and living room, prayer space, recreation room, Wi-Fi Internet and laundry.

Length of Residency

The normal length of residency is one year. Once selected, residents would normally commence the program in late January and remain until November. In special circumstances, residents may be accepted at other times during the year. Near the conclusion of the year, a resident would decide if he wants to apply to begin the Marist Brothers’ Initial Formation Program.

How Do I Know If It’s For Me?

Discerning God’s call in our lives takes patience and prayer. Listening to the Spirit working within, assessing our gifts and desires, finding the courage to say ‘Yes’ to God takes trust and love. Living with a prayerful community of like-minded men can help this process of discernment.

Our Patron - Brother Stanislaus (Richard) Healy, fms. (1857-1916)

The Marist Brothers arrived in Australia in 1872 and established a community in the Rocks, Sydney, at the request of the Marist Fathers, and with the blessing of Bede Polding OSB, Archbishop of Sydney.

Richard Healy was the fifth Australian to join the fledgling community of Marist Brothers, eventually playing a significant role in the growth and development of the Province of Australia.

Richard was born in West Maitland, NSW, and a student at St Stanislaus College, Bathurst when he applied to enter the Marist Brothers Novitiate in 1873, under Brother Ludovic, the founder of the Australian Province. He received the habit from Archbishop Polding, and was given the religious name of Stanislaus.

Br Stanislaus’ appointment as Master of Juniors and Master of Novices was of paramount importance for the future success of the Australian Province. Many fine young men entered the Institute during his 21 years as a formator.

It was said of him by one of his early confreres; “Brothers Stanislaus was a man of deep religious conviction, joined to the highest intellectual culture. His aim (in training young brothers) was to form the character, refine the mind and lead the heart to the love of the noble and the good. He had a great skill in painting, music and poetry.”

The Marist Brothers Province of Australia is indebted to Br Stanislaus Healy for his extraordinary contribution to the development of the Marist mission in a short life of only 59 years. He was a faithful son of Champagnat, a man of strong mind and gentle heart.

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