Dr Marlene Marburg
In 1980, while working as a Medical Imaging Technologist, Marlene began formal theological studies and became a Religious Studies teacher at Catholic Ladies College in Eltham, Victoria. In 2001, she joined the parish team of St Columba’s Elwood, and worked in pastoral visitation as an accredited Pastoral Associate. She continued her theological studies.
Marlene was formed as a spiritual director in the Arrupe Program, Melbourne, Australia, and has twelve years experience engaging with the Spiritual Exercises, spiritual direction and the formation of spiritual directors at Campion Centre of Ignatian Spirituality, and as a Senior Lecturer and Director of Student Formation at Sentir Graduate College of Spiritual Formation, and now at Kardia Formation.
In her doctoral thesis, ‘Poetry and Grace: an Autoethnography Exploring Poetry as Prayer in the Context of Ignatian Spirituality’, she explored the capacity of poetry to access levels of deep personal and communal awareness. This thesis shows that the use of poetry is a way of making the Spiritual Exercises. Marlene has a series of poetry collections entitled Grace Undone.
Marlene is impassioned to tend the heart, to enable all to know kardia. She is committed to listen to disenfranchised voices to determine how best to create program opportunities which facilitate deeply formative listening towards meaningful expression.
Media, Presentations and Publications
Marlene’s poetry has been published widely in journals and magazines including Eremos, Earthsong, Eureka Street, Famous Reporter, Page Seventeen, Poetrix, Presence, Studio, Spiritus, and Westerly. She has contributed to many poetry and non-fiction anthologies and has two collections of poetry Grace Undone. Love and Grace Undone. Passion. The third and final poetry collection in the Grace Undone series will be published in 2016. In launching Grace Undone. Passion, Dr Kerrie Hide said: “At the beginning of this wonderful collection, the first line of the poem, Forging the Only Path, ‘life is striped’ rings out and silently echoes throughout all the poems. Marlene is impassioned to tend the heart, to enable all to know kardia.” To purchase Marlene’s books, click here.
Marburg, Marlene. Grace Upon Grace: Savouring the Spiritual Exercises through the Arts, Morningstar Press, 2019. (ebook version availalbe 2020)
Marburg, Marlene. Grace Undone. Love. Grace Undone. Four vols. Vol. 1, Melbourne: Windsor Scroll Publishing, 2014.
Marburg, Marlene. Grace Undone. Passion. Grace Undone. Four vols. Vols. 3 and 4, Melbourne: Windsor Scroll Publishing, 2015.
Marburg, Marlene. An Ordinary Woman. Doncaster: Windsor Scroll Publishing, 2005. Out of print. (new edition pending).
Academic and spirituality conferences, papers and interviews
“Dr Marlene Marburg Interviewed by Norm Currie Series 12, Episodes 5 and 6.”. In Harmony in Diversity, edited by Northern Access Television Multi-faith and Inter-faith Awareness.: Melbourne Community Television. Channel 31, 2015.
Marburg, Marlene. “The Instinct and Wisdom of Bees: Ignatian Spirituality as a Way of Life.” In An Ignatian Pilgrimage: From Personal Interiority to Shared Apostolic Vision, 59.25 minutes. Hong Kong: Xavier House Spirituality Centre, 2015.
An Ignatian Pilgrimage: From Personal Interiority to Shared Apostolic Vision
Workshop105 and 205: Imagination, imaginative prayer and narrative
Workshop 305: Self-supervision for spiritual directors after a puzzling personal encounter. http://xavier.ignatian.net/html/ic2014/index.html
Marburg, Marlene. “Spiritual Direction: One Landscape, Many Encounters.” In Australian Ecumenical Council for Spiritual Direction Conference: Landscapes of Encounter. Nunyara Conference Centre, Adelaide, 2015.
Marburg, Marlene. “The Poetic in Spiritual Direction ” In Australian Ecumenical Council for Spiritual Direction. Landscapes of Encounter. Nunyara Conference Centre, 2015.
Marburg, Marlene. “Inspiration for the Spiritual Director.” and “Poetry and Grace: Encounter and Dialogue.” Ecumenical Spiritual Directors Association – Lecture Presentations, 2015.
Marburg, Marlene. “Imaginative Co-Creation through Poetry and Ignatian Spiritual Direction.” Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction 21, no. 2 (June 2015): 48-54.
Marburg, Marlene. “Courage to Explore Hidden Stories: Sometimes It Causes Me to Tremble.” Presence 20, no. 4, (2014): 47-51.
Marburg, Marlene. “Cultivating Compassion: Courage to See, Feel and Act.” In Anthology of Spiritual Direction, edited by Australian Ecumenical Council for Spiritual Direction, Australia: Equilibrium Books, 2012: 121-32.
Marburg, Marlene. “Empowerment through Poetry in Giving and Receiving the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius.” Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction 18, no. 1 (2012): 47-56.
Marburg, Marlene. “Voices of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola: A Poetic Exploration and Immersion in Grace.” In Melbourne College of Divinity Post-Graduate Conference. Australian Catholic University, 2010.
Marburg, Marlene. “Empowerment through Poetry in Giving and Receiving the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius.” Paper presented at the Exploring Contemporary Spirituality and its Impact on the Practice of Spiritual Direction, Centre for Theology and Ministry, 2010.