Latest Mass Schedule (Suspension)

Latest Mass Schedule (Suspension)

Due to the seriousness of COVID-19, Our Guesthouse is Closed Our Church is not open to the Public But the monks are still at work praying for you all in this time of crisis.  ...

Seeking God in Scripture: An Introduction to Lectio Divina

Seeking God in Scripture: An Introduction to Lectio Divina

This God whom we seek, we Christians call the Most Holy Trinity. Sadly, many know this title only as reference to a difficult dogma at the centre of our faith, which can be simply put as: One God in...

Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Lent

Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Lent

‘Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter, James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone. There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the...

Autumn 2020 Newsletter

Autumn 2020 Newsletter

Newsletter of the Cistercian Monks | Tarrawarra Abbey

Homily for Ash Wednesday 2020

Homily for Ash Wednesday 2020

In his Chapter on The Observance of Lent, Benedict ‘urges the entire community during these days of Lent to keep its manner of life most pure.’ (Rule of St Benedict 49:2) Today’s Gospel can help us...

Homily for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord 2020

Homily for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord 2020

Noam Chomsky, that more secular modern-day prophet of social justice, once said, “If you assume there is no hope, you guarantee there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for...

Lenten Lectures 2020

Lenten Lectures 2020

The Cistercians at Tarrawarra Abbey are holding a series of lectures with Fr Michael Casey ocso.   Saturday 29 February 2020: Temptation A reflection on the Gospel narratives of Jesus’...

Homily for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God 2019

Homily for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God 2019

At the birth of a child, while the event is the child’s birth, the focus is more usually on the mother. Life in the Church is no different; at this time, much light is shone on Mary — for instance,...

Homily for the Feast of the Holy Family 2019

Homily for the Feast of the Holy Family 2019

On Christmas Day we were told: ‘The Word, the true light that gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, the world that was made through him, yet the world did not know...

Homily for for Christmas Midnight Mass 2019

Homily for for Christmas Midnight Mass 2019

Today we celebrate the birth of our Saviour. This night the Church holds up a helpless, little child as the image of our Saviour. In the morning it has a different take on the mystery we celebrate...

Homily for Solemnity of Christ the King

Homily for Solemnity of Christ the King

Today we celebrate the feast of Christ the King. In today’s world, the image of Christ as King has largely lost its power. For it is an image that belongs to a bygone age. These days, the pomp and...

Homily for the Funeral Mass for Fr Mark Ryan

Homily for the Funeral Mass for Fr Mark Ryan

In our reading from the Letter to the Hebrews is a favourite verse of Fr Mark: “See, I have come to do your will, O God.” (Hebrews 10:9) And, in a sense, this sums up Fr Mark. For in lots of ways,...