New Norcia Benedictine Community

2015 Programme


Institute Retreats

As part of the regular Spirituality program of New Norcia, the Institute will offer three retreat weekends and in 2015.

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Reading/Study Weekends

The Institute will once again introduce a series of reading and study weekends in 2015. These reading weekends will aim to deepen participants’ awareness of the Benedictine Tradition and the possibilities it holds for enriching one’s faith and ministry. 

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Annual Institute/Theology Day

The Institute will present the usual Annual Institute Day         Saturday 8 August

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Graduate Units

The New Norcia Institute for Benedictine Studies, in association with Pilgrim Theological College (formally UFT), will participate in offering units towards undergraduate degrees in Theology and a graduate award in Theology from the University of Divinity in Melbourne, Victorica. The Institute's “Wisdom Series” includes four units for 2015.

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Writers’ Workshop   

18 – 25 October          

michael_at_launch_240 Facilitated by Michael Casey ocso 

 In collaboration with the Benedictine Union of Australia and New  Zealand, the Institute will host its second “Writers’ Workshop”  to facilitate those who wish to hone their skills in academic  writing particularly in relation to publication in Tjurunga: An  Australasian Benedictine Review.                              

Recommended Donation for the Week: $500

For further details and bookings please contact: Carmel Posa sgs or Jill O'Brien sgs

Phone: 08 96548371

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Sabbatical Opportunities

Opportunities for individual and/or group research or recuperative sabbaticals of varying length are available using the programmes and facilities offered by the New Norcia Institute for Benedictine Studies and Holy Trinity Abbey.

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29 August                     Studies Day/Benedictine Union             

hubbletelescope_240"Light and Darkness: Exploring Truth and Meaning in the Universe"                                              

2015 has been officially proclaimed the “International Year of Light” by the United Nations. To celebrate this event the New Norcia Institute for Benedictine Studies will host a “Studies Day” exploring truth and meaning in our Universe through ethics, theology, art and music


Guest Speakers

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♦  Professor Philip Matthews   MEANING IN THE UNIVERSE

Dr Philip Matthews, BTh, PhD, is presently the acting Dean of Theology and Philosophy and Notre Dame University.  His current academic interest is in cosmology and the philosophy of science and thus he is a keen amateur astronomer and member of the Astronomical Society of Western Australia. He is going to unpack the meaning of life in a universe that “is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine,” J. B. S. Haldane. 


Fr Denis Edwards, is a Senior Lecturer in Theology at the Adelaide College of Divinity, Flinders University. Denis is a well-known Australian Theologian who has published widely particularly in the areas of ecology and the universe.

♦  Dr Angela McCarthy   LIGHT AND MEANING IN ART

Dr Angela McCarthy is a lecturer in Theology for the School of Philosophy and Theology at Notre Dame and coordinator of the core unit, Introduction to Theology. Her areas of interest are liturgy, liturgical music, theological education, and particularly in the relationship between theology, art, Scripture and icons.

♦  Dom Robert Nixon    THE MUSIC OF THE SPHERES

Dom Robert Nixon joined the New Norcia community in 2012, where he is currently liturgy co-ordinator. He was born in Mount Isa, in northwest Queensland. Before entering religious life, he studied musical composition and performance, education, philosophy and theology, and worked as a teacher and performer for many years.  Robert will  present “Sound” art as reflection of the cosmic beauty, explored through the “Book of Sounds” of Hans Otte

 The day begins at 10am

Includes Morning tea, Lunch and afternoon tea

Cost $60/Concession $35

For Bookings please contact Carmel Posa sgs or Jill O'Brien sgs

Phone: 08 96548371

Email: /


 TJURUNGA: An Australasian Benedictine Review

Tjurunga is a publication of the Benedictine Union of Australia and New Zealand.  Michael Casey ocso, describes the original focus of this periodical in his last editorial as follows:

Initially Tjurunga conceived itself to be a channel of ongoing education whereby readers could catch up with some of the recent studies concerning Benedictine history and spirituality and associated topics.  The phrase used was haute vulgarisation; the content would aim at a middle-brow audience among those attached to the Benedictine tradition, with a view to brining them up to speed on what was happening in the world of scholarship.  In addition, it was hoped that having a periodical of its own would give the Benedictine Union of Australia and New Zealand a greater sense of identity and common patrimony.

The first issue of Tjurunga came off the press in 1971 and its circulation has grown worldwide ever since. Recently Michael retired as editor after many years of faithful service to Tjurunga’s production. Carmel Posa sgs and Katharine Massam have now taken over this role as an obvious extension of the work of the New Norcia Institute for Benedictine Studies.

Tjurunga has a history that shows the riches of monastic tradition; it is itself testament to the monastic discipline of reading carefully and writing well, and to the generous sharing of ideas. The Institute commends the periodical to you and we hope that you can find much in its pages to prompt good conversation and the deepening of spirituality.

Annual Subscriptions: Australia: A$15 (+GST)  Overseas: A$30


Cheques to be made payable to Tjurunga

Payment by Mastercard and Visa is acceptable, please supply name, card number and expiry date together with authorised signature.

Subscriptions to: Tjurunga

Cecily Pullen SGS

Good Samaritan Community
22 Wisteria Drive
Bundoora Victoria 3083.  Australia
Telephone: [61] (03) 9467 9386

Submissions and Enquires:

Carmel Posa sgs and Katharine Massam                            

New Norcia Institute for Benedictine Studies
Great Northern Highway
 New Norcia WA 6509
Telephone: (61) (08) 9654 8371
Facsimile: (61) (08) 9654 8097


INDEX to TJURUNGA 1971-2013 Here