New Norcia Benedictine Community

Our Mission Statement

The New Norcia Institute for Benedictine Studies seeks to broaden and deepen awareness of the monastic tradition within Christianity. The Institute offers resources for faithful living, discipleship and ministry in the contemporary world as well as furthering academic study and research.

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The Institute is an initiative of the Benedictine Community of New Norcia in association with the Good Samaritan Sisters of the Order of St Benedict. It builds on established spirituality and retreat weekends, as well as the cultural and academic life of New Norcia and draws its inspiration from the long tradition of monastic studies within the worldwide family of Benedictine communities.

The Institute seeks to embody Benedictine hospitality through ecumenical and interfaith dialogue. As such, the Institute welcomes the participation of people of all faiths and from any educational background.

Since 2003 the Benedictine Community of New Norcia has co-operated with Pilgrim Theological College, (previously, the United Faculty of Theology) University of Divinity, Melbourne, Victoria in offering tertiary subjects, and seeks to broaden and deepen this collaboration through offering subjects for credit at tertiary level in certificate, diploma and degree programs through the Benedictine Institute. These units focus on the primary texts which form the rich tradition and heritage of monasticism. A particular emphasis will be given to the study of the Rule of St Benedict.  Additionally, the facilities of the Institute, particularly New Norcia’s extensive library, are available by negotiation to research students and faculty members for periods of intensive research or as part of a sabbatical program.

The New Norcia Institute for Benedictine Studies offers an environment conducive to prayer, study and reflection with excellence in teaching and research. In this atmosphere, the Institute aims to encourage participants at all stages of life to reflect on their journey of faith with the pastoral support of rich traditions in prayer, discernment and discipleship, whether as lay people, professed religious, academics, or in ordained ministry.