A Message from the Director
The year which has passed has been a unique and challenging one. The world faced the unprecedented crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic, and all the loss, grief and anxiety emerging from the effects of the virus. Moreover, the measures implemented to help contain the threat placed severe restraints on a variety of freedoms which had previously been taken for granted. Yet Divine Providence is active in all things. As a result of the strange and difficult conditions, many people have experienced a new spiritual awakening, and an increased awareness of the necessity of faith in eternal realities amidst this world’s vicissitudes. Despite a suspension of NNIBS retreats for some months, once the initial restrictions were relaxed an immediate surge in interest was at once apparent. In a certain sense, one might compare the conditions of ‘lockdown’ with the traditional monastic notation of enclosure. Even when confronted with restrictions in the external conditions of life, a rich inner freedom may be cultivated and enjoyed.
In 2021, we are delighted to offer a truly fascinating range of retreats and study weekends. As always, the Benedictine Community of New Norcia is very pleased to welcome participants from all backgrounds of life. Our wonderful environment and the quiet prayerfulness of the monastic routine form the perfect background for an encounter with the peace, tranquillity, rejuvenation and clarity which God alone can offer.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Robert Nixon, osb
Please download the 2021 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.
Calendar of Events
Feb 12 2022toFeb 12 2022
On October 10 2020, Abbot John donned a kitchen apron to share his former life as a chef, working in some of Melbourne’s finest restaurants of the 1980s. In 2021 a series of seasonal dinners in the French tradition was offered and we are pleased to announce...
Feb 25 2022toFeb 27 2022
Mar 4 2022toMar 6 2022
Mar 19 2022toMar 19 2022
Ludwig van Beethoven was one of the most original and inspired of composers of all time, and his piano sonatas are recognised as among the masterpieces of classical music.
Mar 25 2022toMar 27 2022
The term ‘Gregorian chant’ is often used to refer generically to all the non-polyphonic repertoire of the Latin Church.