What is the AretÉ Centre?

Effective and enduring ministry requires sound theological knowledge coupled with the dynamic and life changing encounter with the living God.

The Arete Centre brings together these two realities to aspire pastoral and ministry leaders to excellence in servant leadership, to live up to their God-given potential and to grow in knowledge needed for the Church’s mission in the world today.

What is AretÉ?

Aretè is a Greek word which means ‘excellence of any kind’. This notion of excellence refers to the act of living up to one’s full potential. Aretè may also mean ‘moral virtue’ or ‘knowledge’.

In English, Aretè means a ‘mountain ridge’. In the Scriptures, mountains are the site of theophanies; of God’s self-revelation, culminating in Jesus’ death on Calvary. The Aretè Centre will also be a significant site of encounter with the Triune God.


Our philosophy



A live-in experience, comprising spiritual exercises that lead people to a personal experience of the Triune God: the Father Heart of God, the Saving Love of Jesus and the New Life in the Spirit. This will help you to more deeply discover the call to know, love and serve God.



This phase lays a theological foundation for mission. Interactive sessions introduce the Sacred Scriptures, the Creed, missiology (including the new evangelization), fundamentals of moral theology and the Church’s social teaching. Attention will also be given to the philosophical and sociological underpinnings of the Australian context.



This phase addresses the practical dimensions of leadership for mission. Arete builds ‘vision-carriers’, who will form other leaders in turn. Participants will be able to focus upon particular ministry strands, including parish leadership, leadership in new communities, youth ministry, music and liturgy, prayer and adult faith formation.

WHO is Areté For?

A missionary Church needs visionaries who can be key influencers in their fields, catalysts for change who witness as true leaders and inspire others to do the same.

Arete Centre is for those who wish to tap into the crucial exponential factor that can take their ministry to the next level of power and efficiency.

A work of the MGLs

Areté is a work of the Missionaries of God’s Love (MGL) priests and brothers, a new religious congregation. The MGL’s share in the work of Evangelisation in a collaborative way with lay people. They seek to empower people in their call to holiness and mission.