Australia’s Only Monastic Town

New Norcia New Norcia is Australia’s only monastic town, and is situated 130 kilometres north of Perth. A historical and spiritual treasure in the Australia bush, it was established by monks of the Benedictine Order in 1847. Originally established as an Aboriginal Mission, the monks built a church, flour mills, schools, a hostel, an apiary, […]

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News From the Largest Catholic News Agency in the World

Good morning everyone After a lot of planning and preparation, today we launch UCAN Premium Content. It will be available only to paying subscribers. It will feature unique content and the first of it will be posted today. It is difficult to exaggerate how important this first step in attracting paying subscribers is to all […]

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Convents, Abbeys, Monasteries Offer Divine Accommodations

Article by Korky Vann – Hartford Courant   www.courant.com  It’s one of travel’s best-kept secrets. Convents, abbeys and monasteries throughout the country and around the world are offering budget-priced accommodations to tourists looking to swap stays in busy hotels for more serene surroundings. You could call them “divine accommodations.” Providing respite to pilgrims and travelers […]

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The Door is Always Open – The Kettle is on the Boil!!

Esker Retreat Centre in Galway, Ireland has been in operation since the late 1960’s. It is located beside and attached to the Esker Monastery, home to about sixteen Redemptorists, priests and brothers. We can accommodate 40 to 72 people, in single or shared rooms. While we do not have,- as yet- any en-suite rooms, we […]

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Peaceful Oasis in Central London

Situated in central London it is hard to imagine a more peaceful urban setting for a short stay in London, a holiday from abroad or a retreat. St Katharine’s has a rich history of hospitality and we look forward to welcoming you whether you wish to come for a day or to stay overnight. We have the […]

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Relax, Renew, Refresh Here

Nestled in the foothills of Mt Donna Buang the property affords stunning views overlooking the valley and surrounding mountains, in a peaceful rural environment… the beautiful setting and relaxed atmosphere has for many years been a place to find balance in our busy lives, to “come away for a while” and find peace and rest […]

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Mountains of Peace

I am keen to visit Lithuania and visit some of the Catholic and Orthodox monasteries. Recently I had a note from a nun who lives at the Monastery of Monte Pacis (Mountain of Peace) near Kaunas, the second largest city in the country. The monastery lies in a picture postcard location on the Pažaislis Hill […]

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Heavenly Drops (of Ale)

I was in Belgium recently where I visited some rather unique and beautiful monasteries (a pilgrimage of sorts?). Not many of them had guesthouses as the monks in this country survive financially by brewing beer so good that it has a huge international market. However, Belgian monks live an austere life and only brew what […]

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