Bringing with them the society from which they come, guests orientate us to the world which surrounds us and for which we intercede. Through guests we receive Christ into our midst - not a rarefied, pedestalled Christ, but the real, incarnate Christ who shares the life of all humanity.
The monastery seeks to be a place for all people where they can come for refreshment, prayer and recovery of hope. A place where even just for a time, they can lay down the burdens which oppress, or through the silence and stillness, the worship and space, find anew within them the joy and praise of being a child of God. Joining in the worship of the God whom we all seek, we stand before our Creator and redeemer, as the body of Christ.
St Joseph’s Guest House is an attractive and comfortable house available for those wishing to make a retreat and share in the silence and prayer of this monastic house. The house is set in the midst of spacious gardens with breathtaking views of lake Bullen Merri.
Guests are most welcome to join the community in the Daily Office and Daily Eucharist. Guests have meals in the abbey refectory (dinner and supper daily) and make their own breakfast in the guest house. All food and linen are provided. The house has four bedrooms. There are two showers and toilets.
There is no set charge to stay at the Guest House, but a suggested donation is $75.00 per person per night. The Guest House Horarium which has further details can be downloaded from the Resource Centre.
Guests are very welcome to come for a day (or part of a day) for quiet and reflection. Day guests may join the community for the Eucharist and Office, use the Guest House facilities and enjoy the spacious grounds. Day Guests bring their own lunch, (tea & coffee available). A donation to cover costs is requested.
Conducted Quiet days can be arranged for groups, for example in Lent or Advent. Or, parishioners may wish to come to the abbey for a day pilgrimage. Pilgrimage groups can share the Eucharist, have a time of reflection and enjoy the silence and space of the abbey. They can learn about the life and work of the monks and nuns. Youth groups are particularly encouraged to make a visit.
Casual visitors who may wish to call in are very welcome. Visitors may like to spend a time of prayer in church, attend an Office, browse in the shop or enjoy the gardens. Please ring the doorbell and make yourself known to us!