Last Sunday, in between two retreats, Fr Prior, accompanied by Fr John from Flavigny, and three of our novices, made a double pilgrimage to Sydney.
First to the tomb of St Mary of the Cross, secondary patroness of our community. The monks spent a good amount of time in prayer there, asking her protection and guidance in establishing their presence in the land she loved so much and sacrificed herself for.
They then went to St Mary's Cathedral where they prayed at the tomb of Archbishop Bede Polding, whose dream of bringing Benedictine Monasticism to Australia we hope to continue in some small way. Before leaving the cathedral, we chanted the office of None in the crypt.