For Xavier College staff, St Ignatius holds a special place in forming the mission and values of the school. In September this year, 15 Xavier College staff, along with a chaplain from the Jesuit order (founded by St Ignatius Loyola), ventured together to visit the places St Ignatius lived and went to. It took them to some of Spain, France and Italy’s most spectacular destinations. Ignatius was a Spanish officer until he was struck by a cannonball that shattered his leg during a battle between Spain and France. A long convalescence led to his radical conversion and conviction to follow Jesus. The pilgrims came face to face with the realities of St Ignatius’ spiritual experiences: the Chapel of Conversion in the bedroom where Ignatius spent over nine months to recover, to the cave in Manresa where Ignatius experienced his deepest desolation and fervent prayer. More than a cultural tour, it was a catalyst for deep…
Helping Christians Go Deeper In Their Faith
In our high-paced lives, Selah offers experiences for Christians to go deeper in their faith by offering travel, retreat and workshop opportunities.
We have local retreats designed to refresh and replenish, as well as travel opportunities including Holy Land and Bible Tours, or simply travel to a beautiful destination with like-minded people.
THE SELAH STORY
The concept of 'Selah' was birthed Lisa Tarzia's personal experience. As the Executive Director of Mission Travel, Lisa has always been passionate about travel that transforms. Through her own journey, 'selah-moments' she experienced were life changing. This drew her to a place where she wanted to provide opportunities for Christians to have these moments.
"Escaping from the busyness of life and making an intentional choice to stop and go deeper in faith is what I want to create," says Lisa.
Selah provides these opportunities through retreats, workshops and travel. Custom made for the Australian Christian, the heart behind Selah is for people to grow and be transformed.
The power of pausing and reflecting is incredible. As A.W. Tozer writes 'More spiritual progress can be made in one short moment of speechless silence in the awesome presence of God than in years of mere study.'
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As the sun rose behind the Acropolis during the dawn service, Kay and Chris Woodward had goose bumps. “It was a spectacular sight,” Chris reflected. He recalled standing on Mars Hill, listening the multi-lingual Easter service alongside Christians from all backgrounds. It was both the beginning and Chris’s most memorable moment during the Steps of Paul tour led by Tim and Merridie Costello in 2019. Paul the Apostle had delivered his Acts 17:19 sermon in this exact spot. The tour took Sydney-siders Kay and Chris from Athens to Corinth, the Meteora Monastries, Thessalonica, Philippi and then across to Istanbul in Turkey. They visited the churches of Pergamum, Smyrna and travelled to Patmos Island where John wrote Revelation. Forty two people joined the tour. Many were from Tim Costello’s original church in Melbourne. “Tim and Merridie are very gracious people. Plus Tim is such a great storyteller and raconteur. We really felt very connected to the…
In the 17th century one of history’s most devastating wars took place – the Thirty Years’ War took place in central Europe. It remains one of the longest and most brutal wars in human history, with more than 8 million casualties resulting from military battles as well as from the famine and disease caused by the conflict. The war lasted from 1618 to 1648, starting as a battle among the Catholic and Protestant states. It gradually developed into a more general conflict involving most of the European great powers. These states employed relatively large mercenary armies, and the war became less about religion and more of a continuation of the France–Habsburg rivalry for European political pre-eminence. From the war, poverty and disease spread and thousands died as a result of the Bubonic Plague. In the small village of Oberammergau, the death rate among adults had risen from one person per 1000 per year in October 1632. During this time the suffering the citizens…