A Message From the Director
The ministry of hospitality is one of the key elements of the Benedictine monastic charism. This hospitality assumes many and diverse forms; but one of the most significant and fruitful expressions of it in recent times is the offering of opportunities for spiritual development, for study and for prayerful reflection. The various retreats and study weekends offered by the New Norcia Institute for Benedictine Studies continue in this tradition. Participants in our weekends have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the tranquillity, peace and beauty of a traditional monastic environment, and to encounter God- and themselves- in a renewed way.
Our offerings for 2019 generated much enthusiastic appreciation, and attracted very strong attendances. We are confident that our programme for this year will build upon this, and continue to address the needs and interests of contemporary spiritual seekers in an engaging and reflective way.
We hope that you will find something of interest here, and look forward to your visit to New Norcia in 2020.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Robert Nixon, osb
Please download the 2020 Programme. To register and pay for any of the retreats, study weekends or Benedictine Experience weekends please click link to go to the webshop. Please note there are two pages of weekends on the webshop.
Jul. 10 2020toJul. 12 2020
Aug. 1 2020toAug. 1 2020
New Norcia Guesthouse
The story of Benedictine monasticism has been punctuated and impelled by frequent reformation and renewal movements, normally aspiring to return more faithfully to the original spirit of the Rule of St. Benedict. This year’s Institute Day will examine the lives and works of several prominent reformers within the Benedictine tradition, include Smaragdus of Saint-Mihiel, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Celestine V and others...
Aug. 14 2020toAug. 16 2020
Sep. 25 2020toSep. 27 2020
The term ‘Gregorian chant’ is often used to generically refer to all the non-polyphonic repertoire of the Latin Church. This large and varied body of repertoire by no means represents a single or unified style, tradition or approach; and the performance and notational practices of Gregorian in current use emerged as a result of a 19th Century reform movement...
Nov. 6 2020toNov. 8 2020
New Norcia Guesthouse
Benedictine spirituality is more readily experienced than defined. These weekends in the Monastery Guesthouse (beginning with Vespers at 6.30pm on Friday, concluding after lunch on Sunday) provide the opportunity to enter fully into the monastic rhythm and balance of prayer, work, lectio divina, hospitality and community life. There will be opportunities to ponder the riches of the scriptures and monastic literature, both in group discussions and personal silence and solitude, bringing from the ‘storeroom, things both new and old.’