History

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 were 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 Dom Michael King was blessed as first Abbott. Abbot Michael, founder and first Abbot died in 2014.

In 2016 Sister Raphael Stone was appointed Superior for three years.


Picture above: (Temporary) Abbey church in Camperdown circa 1980.