A visitor from Flavigny

Father Jean Marie Pommarès, one of the elder monks of the abbey of Flavigny is among us for six weeks. Father Prior invited him to come and share some of his vast knowledge with the novices. He is giving classes on monastic history and the psalms, along with an occasional interlude explaining the history and architecture of one or other of the Roman basilicas which he knows well from his days as a guide in Rome. He is also keeping busy helping the brothers!


Walking with Christ the King

Father Prior took part, for the second time, in the annual Christus Rex Pilgrimage from Ballarat Cathedral to Bendigo Cathedral. Pilgrims reached a record 400 and bore witness before the world of the kingship of Our Lord.


Seeing the Fruit

So many people contributed to our purchase of Jerusalem Estate but many did so ‘site unseen’. So for the recent visit of Cardinal Burke we launched our video of the property. It’s a very simple effort which, in time we will no doubt perfect, but we wanted to get it to you as soon as possible so you can see what Our Lady and St Regina has given to us.

We, of course, have need of even more help now. In particular, as we mention in the video, if you have a trade - plumbers, electricians, plasterers, carpenters particularly - please do get in touch with us through the contact button  and we can put you in touch with our project manager who is helping us to move from our present rented accommodation to our new home. A weekend, a week, whatever time you can spare, we have plenty to do.

Of course we still have to pay for this magnificent property so if you can help financially please click here

In the coming month we will let you know about an exciting initiative to 'share' the fruits that the Priory has been given. Stay tuned.

See the video here.

2018 Christmas Cards

2018 Christmas Cards

Dear friends,

We have recently relaunched our Monk Shop as an online shop. We have some beautiful Christmas cards for sale that have been designed and made by us, with several of them featuring artwork by one of our own monks. All the profit from the sale of these cards goes toward supporting our community and our move to Jerusalem Estate.

We also have our calendar for sale in the shop and will be adding new products over the coming weeks.

Happy shopping!

An eminent visit

We were blessed with a brief visit from Cardinal Raymond Burke on Friday. His Eminence was in between conferences in New Zealand and confirmations in Melbourne, and he found time to pay us a visit. May God bless his good heart for coming this far and sharing words of encouragment!


And one more...

Fr Henry Whisenant, originally from Texas, and a priest of the diocese of East Anglia in England, was welcomed as a postulant after First Vespers of the Divine Maternity.


A new postulant

The community was blessed yesterday with the entry of a new postulant: Matthew Hobbs, from Brisbane, the younger brother of Br Gregory. Matt has been with us since the beginning of July. He wanted to enter postulancy today on the feast of St Francis who is his confirmation patron saint. St Francis, watch over Matthew and his two fellow postulants!


Jerusalem Estate blessed

Archbishop Julian Porteous paid a visit to Jerusalem Estate on Sunday to cast out any hidden devils around the property and beseech God’s abundant blessing up all who shall live here.


41 brave cold for first winter retreat

Father Prior along with four of the brethren as well as Fr John Dupré from Flavigny are in the middle of men's retreat at Hartzer Park Retreat Centre in Burradoo, NSW. 41 men are taking part in this event, the first one ever to be organised in the winter months. Here is a photo taken after the "meal of the prodigal son".


Glory to the Queen of Heaven!

It's settled - Jerusalem now belongs to Notre Dame Priory! We give thanks to Almighty God and the Immaculate Virgin for leading us this far,  and we entrust the future to her. Father Prior and the brethren as well as a few friends enthroned the Sacred Heart and consecrated the community once again to Him and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the homestead that will be there community base in the coming months.


Novena starts today

Today we begin a novena to Our Lady, by reciting every day the Litany of Loreto. The intention we bring before the Queen of Heaven is that She intercede for us and bring us to the home she has prepared for us. Please unite your prayers with ours and let us pray with confidence that she will come through!


Monks on retreat this week

The community of Notre Dame Priory is on retreat all this week. Fr Mark Bachmann from Clear Creek is giving us a series of conferences based on Dom Paul Delatte's doctrine of the monastic life. Dom Delatte, who was the third abbot of Solesmes, wrote among other things a massive commentary on the Rule of St Benedict. Under his guidance we are in good hands.

Below is a picture of the community with Fr Bachmann at the summit of Mount Hartz, Tasmania during our recent quarterly outing. Keep the monks in your prayers this week please (but not just this week!)


A visit from the Americas

The brethren at Notre Dame Priory are honoured to welcome Fr Mark Bachmann from Clear Creek Abbey in Oklahoma for a couple weeks. Father will be leading the monks' first annual retreat from 4 to 11 August.

 Fr Bachmann preaching at Sunday Missa Cantata

Fr Bachmann preaching at Sunday Missa Cantata

ACCC conference

Fr Prior took part last week in the annual conference of the Australian Confraternity of Catholic Clergy (ACCC). The keynote speaker was His Eminence Cardinal Gerhard Müller who was kind enough to pose for a photo with Father. His Eminence gave three outstanding talks, focusing on the role of the priest who continues Christ's mission on earth through the preaching of the fulness of His truth without compromise with error and through the administration of the sacraments which have been entrusted to him through ordination.


A family photo

This is our most recent community photo taken on the feast of St Benedict, 11 July.

 From left to right: Br Bernard, Dylan, Matt, Br Maximilian, Br Augustine, Fr Prior, Br Bede, Br Gregory, James, Israel, Br Joseph.

From left to right: Br Bernard, Dylan, Matt, Br Maximilian, Br Augustine, Fr Prior, Br Bede, Br Gregory, James, Israel, Br Joseph.

A First Saturday entry

On this first Saturday of July, our community is happy to announce the entry of a new postulant: Dylan Shogren, from Brisbane, having completed his aspirancy, now joins James and Israel in the ranks of the postulants.


Western Australia kicks in

On the vigil of St John the Baptist, we were pleased to welcome Israel De Brito as a postulant. Israel who is a professional wine-maker from Perth arrived before Easter and now joins James Morrison in the group of postulants. He is in charge of our new hens and geese, as well as of the garden. Please keep him in your prayers as he moves forward towards noviciate.


And here come the "ladies"!

Here's presenting the most recent arrivals at the priory: Henrietta and her 19 companions! In the photo, aspirant Israel shows the first egg!


A grace-filled visit

Last Saturday 2 June, the community was honoured to have the visit of His Grace Archbishop Porteous who joined us for the office of Sext, lunch and recreation. We took him down to the gorge over-looking the Coal River. It was a lovely day for all.