Thursday, 5th December 2019
The Chimes Magazine - December 2019
Welcome to our December edition of the Chimes and the last one for 2019!
New Norcia Benedictine Community
New Norcia Road
New Norcia WA 6509
You won’t believe what lies behind the locked doors of our buildings! There is so much to do and explore in Australia’s only monastic town.
Founded in 1847 by Spanish Benedictine Monks, the town has had many purposes; a mission, a monastery, a provider of education and now as a place of spiritual retreat.
The Monastery, where the monks live, work and pray, is at the heart of New Norcia. The monks of New Norcia live according to the guidance and rhythms of The Rule of St Benedict, which has been followed by monks since the sixth century AD. Monks who do so are referred to as ‘Benedictines’. Unlike many priests and nuns, monks do not join an ‘order’ as such, but instead join an autonomous monastery where they promise to remain for the rest of their lives.