Benedictine Nuns - Jamberoo Abbey New South Wales (OSB)
695 Jamberoo Mountain Road
JAMBEROO NSW 2533
Ph: 02 4236 0011
Fax: 02 4236 0041
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The Benedictines osb
The Benedictine Nuns at Jamberoo Abbey, NSW were founded from England in 1849. John Bede Polding, first Catholic Archbishop of Australia, and Benedictine Monk of Downside Abbey in England, brought the two founding Nuns, Scholastica Gregory and Magdalen le Clerc, to Australia, where they began Benedictine Monastic life for women on February 2nd, 1849. This first Benedictine monastery for women, on a Colonial property at Rydalmere, west of Sydney, came to be known as Subiaco. The community lived here at Subiaco until 1957, when encroaching industry caused them to move to a rural property at Pennant Hills. In Australia’s bicentennial year, 1988, the community moved once more, and began anew at Jamberoo, on the south coast of NSW, in the Diocese of Wollongong. The Benedictine Abbey at Jamberoo, is situated on the Jamberoo Mountain and has been built with natural materials harmonising in every way with the environment, and breaking with the more traditional European structures. Jamberoo Abbey is an Australian Abbey for Australian women who want to live the monastic life today. The community consists of thirty nuns and 250 oblates, men and women from all walks of life who make a commitment to daily prayer and gospel values, in the spirit of St. Benedict.
Mission and Ministry:
The Benedictine women at Jamberoo Abbey give their lives to a ministry of prayer and worship. The principal work of the nuns is the praying of the Liturgy of the Hours, seven times daily, in the Abbey Church. The Liturgy of the Hours, or Divine Office, as it is known to all, is the official prayer of the Church, and therefore is the prayer which is prayed by the community, on behalf of and in union with, all people of Australia, and throughout the world. The Liturgy of the Hours consists mainly of the Psalms of the Old Testament, prayers written by real people and from the depths of the human condition. In addition to the Liturgy of the Hours, the nuns spend another three hours in Lectio Divina, prayer with Scriptures. In this sense, the Benedictine vocation is a contemplative vocation in its fullest dimension, prayer on behalf of and in union with all people. Fasting, the prayer of the body, is also part of Benedictine life, as is Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at set times daily. The nuns earn their living by making liturgical crafts, such as candles, tooled leather covers for bibles and other books, cards for all occasions, pottery and woodwork.
One of the principal charisms of Benedictine life is hospitality. At Jamberoo Abbey, there are four cottages and three hermitages for guests seeking a place of peace and prayer. Several Nuns trained for spiritual direction are available to talk with guests during their retreat at the cottages. Lectio Divina and Christian Meditation are offered two days each week and this prayer is led by one of the Nuns. There are retreat weekends for guests throughout the year, and these weekends focus on the Scriptures, and Contemplative Prayer.
A woman who hears God’s call to the Benedictine Community of Jamberoo Abbey, is first asked to meet with the Vocation’s Director at the Abbey. Following this initial meeting, the person concerned would be invited to come in and live with the community for two to three weeks. This is called an ‘aspirancy’. During this time, she would be immersed in the full life and work of the community, and meet often with the Novice Mistress. If at the end of this period, or at the end of a second aspirancy, a woman feels called to enter the community at Jamberoo, then a meeting is arranged for her with the Abbess to whom she makes her request, and who then welcomes her to begin the next phase of initial formation. A date for entry is arranged, and on that day, the candidate is formally welcomed to begin her postulancy of twelve months. At the end of this period, she asks to receive the monastic habit, and to enter into a two-year Novitiate. Studies during this time include Scripture, Monastic Theology, the Benedictine Rule, Monastic and Church History, Monastic Spirituality, Community History and Liturgy. On the completion of the Novitiate, a Novice requests the Abbess and community to admit her to Temporary Profession and a deepening of her commitment through the Benedictine vows of Stability, Conversion of Life and Obedience. After Temporary Profession, Sisters are incorporated more into Community life, while continuing studies in Monastic spirituality and the Benedictine vows, and contributing to the work departments. At the end of three years, a Sister in Temporary vows, may petition the Abbess and community to make Solemn Profession, expressing her desire to make a total commitment to Benedictine monastic life as lived at Jamberoo Abbey. Individual gifts such as arts, crafts, counselling, music, cooking, nursing, teaching prayer, directing retreats, administration and horticulture, are fostered throughout the years of initial formation and afterwards, and are geared into building up the life of the community.
Sr Hilda Scott OSB
Telephone: 02 4236 0011 Fax: 02 4236 0041
Blessed Sacrament Fathers (SSS)
PO Box K 334
HAYMARKET NSW 1240
Ph: (02) 9211 4100
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THE BLESSED SACRAMENT CONGREGATION - sss
Mission and Ministry:
We focus on Eucharistic mission which takes many forms:
Candidates are introduced by stages into the Congregation, under the guidance of a director. In the beginning they live outside our communities. Later on they become postulants and share the life of one or more of our communities.
The pre-novitiate consists of two phases: aspirancy and postulancy.
Director: Fr Patrick Negri SSS
Blessed Sacrament Provincial Officer