From the Director's Desk
Pope Francis has declared 2016 a Jubilee Year of Mercy with the hope that all believers may be enabled to have “a living experience of the closeness of the Father”. In Chapter 4 of St Benedict’s Rule, he lists 74 tools for living the Christian life well. The final tool in this list is to “never lose hope in God’s mercy” (RB 4:74). This “mercy” permeates the communal search for God in all of Benedict’s prescriptions particularly in relation to the most vulnerable in the community and to the stranger in our midst. Like Pope Francis’s call “to enable the celebration of the Holy Year to be for all believers a true moment of encounter with the mercy of God”, theNew Norcia Institute for Benedictine Studies offers an oasis where people from every faith and walk of life can freely enter into their search for deeper meaning and encounter with a merciful God. In 2016 our programmes, while continuing to offer timeless “wisdom” from the monastic tradition, will be coloured by aspects of God’s mercy as called for by Pope Francis in this year of Jubilee.
As part of the regular Spirituality program of New Norcia, the Institute will offer three retreat weekends and in 2016.
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.
Annual Institute/Theology Day
The Institute will present the usual Annual Institute Day, Saturday 1 October
The New Norcia Institute for Benedictine Studies, in association with Pilgrim Theological College, 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 two units for 2016.
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.
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
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Subscriptions to: Tjurunga
Cecily Pullen SGS
Good Samaritan Community
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Bundoora Victoria 3083. Australia
Telephone:  (03) 9467 9386
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INDEX to TJURUNGA 1971-2013 Here
INDEX to TJURUNGA #84 Here
Calendar of Events
Feb 5 2016toFeb 11 2016
The first Christian monastics emerged from the deserts of Egypt in the fourth century. They included illiterate peasants, repentant prostitutes, draft-dodging soldiers and soaring intellectuals. The literature left to us from this colourful group of individuals provides us with a wealth of wisdom for a spiritual life of prayer and love of God.
Feb 26 2016toFeb 28 2016
Apr 8 2016toJul 10 2016
Apr 29 2016toMay 1 2016
May 20 2016toMay 22 2016
For contemporary Christians intent on living the Gospel of Christ, the Rule of St Benedict offers much wisdom and encouragement. Over two days we will prayerfully ponder the Prologue of the Rule as it introduces Benedict’s vision, purpose and teaching concerning the way of life he is proposing in his little rule for beginners.