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.
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.