In the Goodness of God: A Memoir by Dom Kevin

Dom Kevin O’Farrell (1919-2006) was a Cistercian monk of lowly background, who became a leader of remarkable foresight. Having lived as an ordinary monk for twenty years, he was elected the first abbot of Tarrawarra and faced the turbulent times of change following Vatican II.

Born in Ireland on St Patrick’s Day, he entered Mount St Joseph Abbey Roscrea in 1937. After ordination, he taught at the monastery’s secondary college for ten years. Then in 1955, he was appointed novice master for the Abbey.

In 1958, Fr Kevin was elected Abbot by the newly founded Tarrawarra community in Australia, where he remained in office for thirty years.

In the Goodness of God: A Memoir, is Dom Kevin’s honest and reflective recounting in faith, of his own story, as well as that of the people he encountered and the monastic communities he served.  

Dom Kevin formerly published three books: On the Abbatial Office, Talks from Tarrawarra Abbey, and Life with Mary: A Monastic Journal (1999)


A holy man, not without suffering…As he experienced the love of Our Lady, Father Kevin himself personified the same love to those he encountered.      
  - Mary Ha Tran
    Lay Associate of Tarrawarra Abbey


The cost of the book is $30 excluding postage. To purchase the book, please email Br Luke: brlukesr [at]

Details of Book
Format: Softcover paperback, 235 pages
Publication Date: November 2020
Publisher: Garratt Publishing
Illustrations note:  8 pages colour photographic section
Dimensions: 148 X 210mm 


Readers are informed that Section III of this book contains information (on page 164 paragraph 2 and page 213 paragraph 2) about a former monk, Colmcille Clifford, who is known to have harmed children. As a faith-based community, we acknowledge that faith-based communities have far too often failed in their responsibilities to recognise and expose these crimes. Tarrawarra Abbey is absolutely committed to ensuring that the historic failings of the church never occur again, and that people who have been harmed are fully supported. Please contact us (ph. 03 9730 1306) or our independent consultants Kooyoora (ph. 1800 135 246) if this publication or notice causes any distress.