Yesterday, 20th February, Fr Prior returned to Hobart where he was met by several young men, candidates to monastic life. Their first task, after thanking Divine Providence for bringing them to these shores, was to move into the provisional accommodations provided for them by the archdiocese of Hobart (see photos). The house, a former presbytery, is a beautiful one, recently renovated to welcome the community. The task of the first days will be to get settled into the house and get it ready for the daily monastic rhythm of prayer, study and work. Today however, the 21st, all our energies will be directed towards Colebrook where the Solemn Mass of inauguration will be celebrated tomorrow.

Top: our provisional chapel as it appeared for our very first office of Compline, having just arrived. Bottom: the refectory still missing some essential items...

Top: our provisional chapel as it appeared for our very first office of Compline, having just arrived. Bottom: the refectory still missing some essential items...