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New Norcia Benedictine Community
New Norcia Road
New Norcia WA 6509

Getting There

Museum & Art Gallery

T: +61 8 9654 8056

Group Accommodation & Education Centre

T: +61 8 9654 8018

Media & Communications

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Visit New Norcia

People visit New Norcia for many reasons; for spiritual retreat, to join a tour and see inside the magnificent buildings or sometimes just to walk around the town and enjoy the peace and beautiful scenery.

In this section you will find all the information you need for your visit to New Norcia. Details of places to eat and places to stay, details of the town tours and information about some of our favourite things to do in Australia’s only monastic town.

We recommend your first port of call is the Museum & Art Gallery to speak to one of the staff about all the attractions and experiences New Norcia has to offer. The Museum & Art Gallery is also a Visitor Information Centre and is the point from which the town tours leave.

Stay at New Norcia

There are so many different options for accommodation at New Norcia.

The Hostel, with its comfortable simple rooms, home cooked meals and neo-classical architecture is a perfect place for couples and families. With its scenic deck and heritage veranda it is a perfect place to enjoy the sunset with a New Norcia Abbey Ale or a wine from the Abbey range. The Guesthouse is perfect for a quiet, retreat like experience - a world away from the rigours of modern life. You can join a Benedictine retreat here or be housed in the Hermitage for a silent retreat. Groups of 15 -100 can be accommodated in the Old Convent or the historic boarding school colleges.

Please click on the individual areas for more information.

Eat & Drink

Hospitality is a tenet of the Rule of St Benedict, the Rule by which the monks of New Norcia live, so wherever you choose to eat in town, our aim is for you to experience warm monastic hospitality.

Education & Research

From the earliest days of its foundation New Norcia has been focussed on education. The first Abbot, of New Norcia (Rosendo Salvado) established the Aboriginal girls and boys schools and the second Abbot of New Norcia, Fulgentius Torres built and opened the European girls and boys schools, which closed in 1991.

Since the closing of the schools, New Norcia's school buildings and grounds have been utilised by groups undertaking education programmes.

However, New Norcia also has a tradition of research and academia, with its impressive archival records and library collection, and scholars and researchers alike have delighted over the years in the information available in the town's records.

This section also provides information on the archives and library and provides link to forms which will give you access to the records of New Norcia.

Protecting a Unique Heritage

New Norcia is Australia’s only monastic town and has a unique heritage. 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.

Delve into the town's unique history, discover the ongoing and completed work necessary for the upkeep and restoration of this special part of Australia.

But it is not only the majestic buildings set amongst the Australian bush that sets New Norcia apart; its history is also encapsulated in the archival records of New Norcia and in the library and museum collections.

In this section we also have information about how you can donate to New Norcia to help the Community restore and maintain this treasure.

What's Happening at New Norcia

We hold a diverse array of events throughout the year at New Norcia.

Each year we host a full programme of events including a spiritual retreat programme presented by the Institute for Benedictine Studies, an Archives Library and Collections Study Day in October, and a few other surprises!

Watch this space for all the updated information about "What's on at New Norcia".

Thursday, 27th February 2020

Safeguarding Program at New Norcia

Safeguarding Program at New Norcia

On Wednesday 26th February, New Norcia’s staff and monks took part in a full day safeguarding program, delivered by the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth.

The total power outage in town, following days of severe thunderstorms, interfered with the PowerPoint presentation, phone and internet connection, however did not reduce the power of the confronting yet important message being delivered or the amount of information absorbed by the group.

The Safeguarding Program is the first of its kind to be established by a Catholic diocese in Australia.

It is formed by the fundamental belief “that children and vulnerable adults have the right to physical and psychological safety at all times and we must play our part in protecting all children and vulnerable adults”.

It was delivered by Program Director, Andrea Musulin and Program Coordinator, Barbara Blayney who together have nearly 50 years’ experience as police officers – largely in the area of child protection and domestic violence. In 2011 Barbara was inducted into the WA International Women’s Hall of Fame for her work in the area and implementation of many programs.

Andrea explained that the program focuses on raising awareness of our collective responsibility to safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults within the Archdiocese and promote their well-being.

“We are aiming to prevent abuse and reduce opportunity and risk. We are also aiming to increase the likelihood of detection and reduce the long-term impacts of abuse”.

“We now have 240 Safeguarding Officers working in Catholic parishes in rural and metropolitan WA however it is everyone’s responsibility to do the best we can,” she said.

New Norcia’s Safeguarding Officers are Jody Burness and Melissa Victoriano. As the program continued it detailed findings from the 2013 Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. It presented information about the Catholic Church and the reshaping of its culture towards the reporting of abuse.

It discussed the different types of abuse, the grooming of children and vulnerable adults; where there could be possible risk today; and how to identify vulnerability and risk.

Barbara explained how and when to respond to a disclosure or incident, and when to report.

“It is very important to always believe the person, to reassure them and stay calm.”

“There are many reasons people choose not to report possible abuse, however anyone can and should report anything of concern regardless of proof to a Safeguarding Officer, the Police or to the Department of Child Protection.”

“We as a group need to take ownership of our past and take the correct steps to create a positive future,” she said.

New Norcia has recently developed a Safeguarding platform on its website, dedicated to protecting children and all the vulnerable in the Catholic Church. The site contains information about the Catholic Professional Standards Limited (CPSL) - established in response to the Royal Commission – and news items. It also includes a Document Library which contains a range of information including The Safeguarding Handbook developed by The Safeguarding Program.

New Norcia has recently completed the auditing process; the final favourable report will be published on the CPSL website and our Safeguarding platform soon.

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Pictured in photo, from left: Barbara Blayney, Abbot John Herbert & Andrea Musulin.