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New Norcia Benedictine Community New Norcia Road New Norcia WA 6509
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 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 town tours leave.
Stay at New Norcia
There are so many different options for accommodation at New Norcia.
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 can be accommodated in the Old Convent or the historic boarding school colleges. Smaller groups are also able to book the Hostel, with its comfortable rooms, neo-classical architecture, scenic deck and heritage veranda, as well as St Ildephonsus' Cottage.
Please click on the areas on the right 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, dinners at the New Norcia Hostel and a few other surprises!
Watch this space for all the updated information about "What's on at New Norcia".
It was a happy double celebration in St Gertrude’s College chapel Saturday 29th July, with the wedding of Nora McGee and Brian Linke, followed by the baptism of their six and a half week old twins Ava and Isaac.
They were blessed with the rain holding off for Nora’s arrival. It was a special day for Nora and Brian with family having travelled from Ireland joining with their local family.
For family who were unable to be present, the ceremony was live streamed back to Ireland.
The wedding completed, we turned to the two little cherubs for their baptism. They were the perfect pair, not a single peep coming from either.
With all the official parts of the day successfully completed, the whole family retired to the Hostel, where Abbot John had prepared their wedding dinner. By all accounts, the celebration continued well into the night.
Congratulations Nora and Brian from all your New Norcia family, and welcome to Ava and Isaac, the two newest members of the parish!
Christmas in July Dinner
On the 20th of July New Norcia hosted a Christmas in July Dinner in St Ildephonsus’ small dining room for 23 guests. Organised by the same local ladies who organised the Coronation High Tea – Emma, Sharyn, Clair, the dinner was a wonderful success.
Guests started the night off by enjoying pre-dinner drinks and platters of canapés, mini bruschetta and vol-au-vents at the bar in the large dining room and also having a look through the Memorabilia Room and Chapel whilst mingling. They then moved to the small dining room for a buffet dinner.
The warm fire in the beautifully restored open fireplace, Christmas decorations and delicious traditional Christmas dinner created the atmosphere of a traditional “wintery” Christmas and was enjoyed by all.
The ladies thanked New Norcia for ”completely surpassing all our expectations twice now” and we are looking forward to their next event in September – “Spring in New Norcia”.
Glass Houses: The Music of Philip Glass
2 SEPTEMBER 2023 NEW NORCIA HOSTEL
This recital will feature New Norcia's Fr Robert Nixon performing the major piano works of Philip Glass, including the epic Trilogy Sonata and the transcendent Mad Rush, as well as other popular pieces by this composer.
This series features a set four-course menu of fresh seasonal produce and showcases New Norcia wood-fired bakery products, olive oil, Abbey Ale and Abbey wines, to be shared with family and friends – or strangers – in this special place, a town like no other.
This was our day to celebrate the life of our Holy Father Benedict.
There was a community morning tea at 10:00am attended by the monks present on site, oblates, guests and staff.
Father Robert travelled to Perth to celebrate mass for New Norcia oblates at the Redemptorist monastery in North Perth. The Redemptorists were very generous in inviting Father Robert to celebrate their normal morning mass, and for that to include the oblates of New Norcia.
There were about 60 people at mass, including 13 New Norcia oblates. Following the mass, the oblates then had a meal together in a local restaurant and enjoyed catching up with each other and recent happenings at New Norcia.
Evening vespers were a solemnity for our Holy Father Benedict, followed by a barbeque dinner with the monks, oblates and two monastery residents.
Meanwhile, back at the monastery the monks followed a special timetable, which included:
morning tea with staff, contractors and guests
dessert at lunch
coffee, chocolates and a whisky after lunch
late afternoon prayer
early Vespers and Benediction
BBQ tea, concluding with the Salve Regina
Olive Oil Judges Training Day
The West Australian Olive Council (WAOC) conducted a training session by Isabella Okis, Chief Judge for WAOC, for existing judges and 6 new applicants who were keen to learn the intricacies of EVOO on Sunday 6th August in the Olive Shed.
Approximately 20 people attended the training which required the participants to taste 6 individual oil samples in small blue containers. The reason blue containers are used is that it does not allow the judges to eliminate an oil because of its colour.
The judging is based on the following points:
1st Oil should be at room temperature of 28 degrees,
3rd Complexity of the oil, does the oil taste of fruit or tomato
A talk was delivered by Dr Monica Kehoe from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development on the Xylella fastidiosa, which is a bacterium that slowly chokes olive trees to death.
It has infected 20 of Italy’s 150 million olive trees, mostly in the Puglia region,which used to contribute a large amount of Italy’s total olive oil production.
The Xylella fastidiosa has spread through other olive producing counties such as Spain and France. The only control is the removal of the affected trees and a safety zone around the remaining grove.
There is no evidence that this bacterium is in Australia at this time. This may be attributed to Australia’s strict quarantine practices.
Lunch was a Spanish style meal of fresh salads, olive oil, cold meat and fresh bread, tables and chairs were moved out from the olive shed and intothe small grove.
Western Australian History Foundation Grant 2023
We are delighted to announce that the Western Australian History Foundation has granted the archives $6,000 towards the publication of a new book in the archives’ Abbey Press series.
Tom Stephens, whom you will remember as our guest speaker at the last Studies Launch, is working on the history of one of our earliest monks, Jerome Rodoreda, who is the great-great grandfather of Tom’s wife, Gillian. Our thanks go to the Foundation for this very generous donation and we look forward with great excitement to the publication of Tom’s book.
New Norcia Vision Statement
Sharing morning tea, with the warmth of the log fire in St Ild’s, the monks recently spent a very productive morning with the managers of the various departments that make up the unique and special place that is New Norcia.
The purpose of the gathering was to explore our vision for the future, and we are pleased to share with our readers the statement generated from our sharing.
Along with invitations to talk to the many groups that visit New Norcia, the monks are often asked to speak to various organisations in Perth, and sometimes further afield.
Among various activities (reading, walking, excursions…and so on) regular meetings include a guest-speaker. After accepting an invitation to one particular group several years ago, I have been added to the list of available speakers. This year, I have accepted seven invitations, including South Perth (February), East Perth (June), Kingsley (July).
This month I braved the stormy weather on Tuesday 8th, travelling to Mandurah. It’s always inspiring to meet with such groups, where one witnesses a real sense of community and mutual support. Due to the age group involved, members love to learn about the history of New Norcia, and many have visited or have some association, thus eager to hear of recent happenings and developments. Some groups follow up on my invitation to visit, arranging a bus trip, and we enjoy offering Benedictine hospitality to them.
I look forward to presenting the New Norcia story to the Woodlands and Attadale Probus Clubs later in the year.
The actual working arrangements are highly flexible, with starting and finishing times negotiable to suit individual requirements. No weekend or public holiday work is required.
Your key roles and responsibilities will include:
Managing the recruitment and induction of new staff
Maintaining Staff files
Preparing Job descriptions and Employment Agreements for new staff
Ensuring compliance with Fairwork legislation and other industrial award requirements
Assisting with performance management when required
Formal qualifications in HR and Workplace Health and Safety, whilst not essential, are highly desirable to support this role.