Backgroud to the Monastery in Stroud

Near the Franciscan Hermitage in Stroud,  is The Monastery originally built in the 1970s for a group of Sisters from the Anglican Community of Saint Clare. It is constructed a series of beautiful mud brick buildings, centred around the Chapel of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In 1997 a building was erected for larger gatherings, and was named the Gunya Chiara, meaning House of Healing of Saint Clare. There is a third building, the Guest House, which may be rented for short-term stays, either in connection with the Monastery or for short breaks and holidays.

Sadly, by March 2000 the Sisters of Saint Clare decided they could no longer maintain community life in Stroud and subsequently the Franciscan Association has leased the Monastery, Gunya Chiara and the Guest House to the Friends of the Monastery for use as a gathering place for workshops, retreats and gatherings.

The Friends of the Monastery is aware that the Monastery and the Gunya Chiara have a history of prayerful reflection and the Friends of the Monastery wish to retain the reflective ambiance of the site. The Chapel, particularly, is a dedicated Christian place of worship and all who use it are asked to respect its dedication. Bookings can be made through the Samaritans Office at 36 Warabrook Boulevard, Warabrook NSW 2304 by phoning (02) 49601700.

Links to our friends

Anglican Franciscans - Australia

Stroud and District Anglicans


Bookings for the Monastery can be made through the Samaritans Office at:
36 Warabrook Boulevard, Warabrook NSW 2304
phone (02) 49601700.