Spiritual Exercises at Hartzer Park

Today on the feast of St Bartholomew, 26 men from various parts of Australia complete the five-day spiritual exercises at Hartzer Park. They had to compete with some very cold weather, but their hearts were warmed by the timeless truths of our faith.

First Victorian women's retreat

22 women are in the process of finishing up a three day retreat at Pallotti College. The brothers will be making their way back home tonight by the Spirit of Tasmania.


First Victorian men's retreat

15 men are in the process of finishing up our first ever retreat in Victoria. Pallotti College, Millgrove, has been in many ways an ideal setting. Fr Prior, accompanied by Brothers Bede and Joseph and postulant Xavier, is guiding the group through the five day Exercises, interspersed with hours of the Divine Office.


Fr Charbel in Tasmania

Fr Charbel from the abbey of Ste Madeleine, Le Barroux, France, is spending a few weeks with the community. This is Father's first time in Tasmania (we hope there will be many more to come!).


Victorian Expedition

Four monks are currently spending the next 10 days at Pallotti College, Millgrove giving our very first retreats in Victoria. Please keep the monks and retreatants in your prayers over the coming days, that their souls may all be open to the special graces God intends to give during this time of retreat.

Idleness is the enemy of the soul...

Rest assured, dear friends, the monks have not been idle since Easter! In addition to the daily manual work at Jerusalem Estate, we (along with our visiting monk from Le Barroux, Fr Charbel) had another long work day today, making further headway into preparing the Old House and its surrounds for moving in.

A big win - our electricity has been connected and the final rewiring of the house is nearly complete. All the painting is done, the monks have nearly finished laying the floor, and we have started putting together a long-awaited library. We now await council approval to move on to the next stage of building the monk cabins. We would still like to raise the funds to build another six, to allow for the vocations God sends us and for guests discerning our life - have a look at our JE Wishlist to see how you can help!

Lest we forget

To mark ANZAC day, the 25th of April, the monks chanted the Subvenite, a responsory usually sung upon receiving the news of the death of a Benedictine monk or friend of the monastery. May Our Lord grant eternal rest to all those who have given their lives for our country. Requiescant in pace.

“Subveníte Sancti Dei, occúrrite Angeli Domini: Suscipiéntes ánimas eórum, offeréntes eas in conspéctu Altíssimi. Suscípiat vos Christus qui vocávit vos, et in sinum Abrahae Angeli dedúcant te. Réquiem aetérnam dona eis, Dómine: et lux perpétua lúceat eis.

Come to their assistance, ye Saints of God, come forth to meet them, ye Angels of the Lord: receiving their souls, offer them in the sight of the Most High. May Christ receive you who has called you, and may the Angels lead you into Abraham's bosom. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.”

Triangular candlestick donated

For the first time this year we have been blessed with an actual triangular candlestick for the office of Tenebrae. This long early morning office on the last three days of Holy Week is chanted in the dark in the presence of a large wooden candlestick containing 15 candles. 14 of them are extinguished after each psalm. At the end, one alone remains, symbolising Our Lord.

This candlestick was made by Francois Piat, father of our postulant Xavier. Thanks so much, Francois, for adding to the splendour of our Holy Week liturgy! We pray it will enlighten our Tenebrae for decades to come!


Final Work Day before Easter

The monks are working hard working down at Jerusalem Estate, getting as much done as possible bfore before the Easter break. The impending Sacred Triduum will be a time of intense prayer and recollection, so best to get as much done as possible before then!

Please keep us all in your prayers during holy season, as we do you.

Fixing up the rainwater tanks

Fixing up the rainwater tanks

A new novice on Our Lady's Day

The community welcomed a new novice today. Matthew Hobbs was clothed with the holy habit and received the name of Br Patrick Mary.


Pilgrimage arrives at St Patrick's

Last weekend several members of the community joined His Grace Archbishop Porteous along with a few dozen pilgrims who walked from St John's Richmond to St Patrick's Colebrook. The annual pilgrimage is to honour St Patrick. Here the group can be seen after the closing Mass on Sunday afternoon.


A new postulant

The community is pleased to welcome a new postulant today in the person of Xavier Piat. Xavier, who has lived most of his life in the Brisbane area, was actually born in Mauritius. He is well known for his musical talent which is being put to good use in the monastery. We wish him well as he enters the postulancy on this one of the hottest days of the year (yes, it made it up to 32º Celsius today even in Rhyndaston!)


Two years on and we're still here...

Two years ago today, Notre Dame Priory was founded. We were blessed today with the visit of Archbishop Julian who came to spend several hours with us, speaking to each brother individually and the community as a whole. We give thanks to Our Lord and our Blessed Mother for so any graces given over the last two years and to all our friends and benefactors we extend hearty and truly fraternal thanks and love.

Anniversary Mass at St Patrick's Colebrook.

Anniversary Mass at St Patrick's Colebrook.

A souvenir from two years ago

A souvenir from two years ago

Tea with His Grace

Tea with His Grace

Second anniversary community photo with our Archbishop.

Second anniversary community photo with our Archbishop.

Two beautiful retreats

43 women and 33 men took part in retreats at Hartzer Park Retreat Centre, Burradoo NSW. The retreats were led by Fr Prior and Fr John de Britto, with the assistance of Br Bede. Br Augustine and Matthew Hobbs helped out for the ladies’ retreat, but joined the ranks of retreatants for the mens’ session. Fr John de Britto will make his way to Tasmania to give classes to the brethren until mid-February.


Clothing of Br Francisco Maria

Yesterday feast of the Epiphany, Father Prior gave the holy habit to Israel de Brito, along with the name of Br Francisco Maria in honour of St Francisco Marto, one of the visionaries of Fatima. Fr Prior’s homily for the occasion can be found under the From the Prior tab.


Clothing of Br John Baptist Mary

St Patrick’s Church witnessed the monastic clothing of Br John Baptist Mary (Fr Henry Whisenant) yesterday after First Vespers of St Lucy, and on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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An historic event in Tasmania

This morning St Patrick’s Church in Colebrook witnessed what was probably the first ceremony of professions of Benedictine monks in Tasmanian history. Father Prior received the first vows of Brother Bede Mary Cannavo, Brother Gregory Mary Hobbs, and Brother Joseph Mary McMahon, in the presence of Archbishop Julian Porteous who presided in choir. The church was full to capacity, gathering many friends from all over Australia. Father Prior’s homily is available at the “From the Prior” tab.


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.