Welcome to the Home of Anglican Benedictine Monks & Nuns in Australia

The Monks and Nuns of St Mark’s Abbey, (Camperdown-Cobden Rd, Camperdown, Victoria, Australia), are Anglican Christian men and women who live a monastic life according to the Rule of St Benedict. The foundation of our life is prayer. The seven-fold Office (times of corporate prayer), form the framework of our day. The first Office of the day is Vigils at 4.30 am with times for Lectio Divina (a prayerful reading of scripture) and personal prayer throughout the day. 

Our work is within the monastery and we support ourselves chiefly through printing, the making of incense, and mounting icons. Hospitality is an important part of our life. In response to Saint Benedict’s injunction to welcome all guests as we would welcome Christ, we care for guests in the Abbey Guest House and for the visitors who find here a place in which to worship God.

The monastic life is a life of prayer, commitment, love, work, generosity and joy. God calls men and women to consecrate themselves to his service in this way. Entry into the monastic life is not an easy option, but those whom God calls he also enables and as love grows so life blossoms into fullness in the joy of response to our loving Father.

The community was founded in the Anglican parish of St Mark, Fitzroy, in the Diocese of Melbourne, when the first two monks were clothed on the 8th November 1975.   After working in this inner city parish for five years, the Rule of Saint Benedict was adopted and the community became a monastic house. 

To better live a monastic life of prayer, the community moved to Camperdown in the Western District of Victoria. In 1993 the decision was made to become a dual community of Monks and Nuns. To this end the community of Monks was assisted by two Anglican Benedictine Nuns from Malling Abbey in the UK.

The Monastery Church was consecrated in 1995.  The Silver Jubilee of foundation was celebrated in 2000.  In 2002 the first Abbott was blessed.

Recent Announcements

  • 2016 Calendars are available, please order now! Please find at our rescource centre the Order Form for the 2016 Abbey calendar  https://sites.google.com/site/anglicanbenedictine/resource-center      The calendars are now available and your early order would be appreciated.      
    Posted 16 Nov 2015, 16:25 by Jeff Astfalck
  • Article in The Standard on the Abbey Please find the article on the Abbey in the 17th November 2015 edition of The Standard by following the weblink:   www.standard.net.au/story/3438078/in-gods-hands/  Click on the photograph in the article to see a slide show of ten photos.  This article is also attached to The Resource Centre
    Posted 16 Nov 2015, 20:48 by Jeff Astfalck
  • Guest House Horarium Please find the Guest House Honorarium in the Resource Center.   This covers the times and meanings of the Divine Office, arrangement with meals and Guest House details.  The Horarium is available for download from the Resource Center.   http://www.anglicanbenedictine.org.au/resource-center
    Posted 23 Oct 2014, 19:58 by Jeff Astfalck
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