The Institute for Benedictine Studies is an initiative of the Benedictine Community of New Norcia to offer opportunities for intellectual and spiritual development and enrichment, within the Benedictine tradition. It draws its inspiration from the long tradition of monastic studies within the worldwide family of Benedictine communities, and builds upon the rich cultural, intellectual, spiritual and liturgical heritage embodied at New Norcia.

The Institute seeks to offer Benedictine hospitality through ecumenical and interfaith dialogue. As such, the Institute welcomes the participation of people of all faiths and from any educational background.

The courses and retreats offered by the Institute are typically weekend events, incorporating accommodation in the monastery guesthouse, with the opportunity for immersion in the prayer life of the monks. Presenters of courses and retreats include, in addition to the monks of New Norcia themselves, a variety of specialists from other institutions, of both national and international stature. Additionally, the facilities of the Institute, particularly New Norcia’s extensive library, are available by negotiation to research students and faculty members for periods of intensive research or as part of a sabbatical program.

The New Norcia Institute for Benedictine Studies offers an environment conducive to prayer, study and reflection with excellence in teaching and research. In this atmosphere, the Institute aims to encourage participants at all stages of life to reflect on their journey of faith with the pastoral support of rich traditions in prayer, discernment and discipleship, whether as lay people, professed religious, academics, or in ordained ministry.

The Institute's 2023 Programme

February 24-26: Lenten Retreat: The Seven Last Words of Christ, with St Bonaventure

March 10-12: Benedictine Experience Weekend I

March 31-April 2: Letting Go with Sr Lilian Bong, SJAJ

April 28-30: Female Benedictine Mystics of the Middle Ages: St. Hildegard of Bingen, St. Gertrude the Great, and others

May 26-28: Benedictine Experience Weekend II

June 30-July 2: The Apocryphal Gospels—Meeting the Jesus of Myth and Imagination

July 28-30: Benedictine Experience Weekend II

August 25-27: The Desert Fathers — The Earliest Christian Monks

September 22-24: Benedictine Experience Weekend IV

October 6-8: St Francis of Assisi—Prophet of Freedom and Peace

November 24-26: Benedictine Experience Weekend IV