Environment Day at the Monastery

st_francis_stained_glassCelebrating St Francis of Assisi,
Patron Saint of Ecology

The Friends of the Monastery would like you to join them in celebrating the environment.

WHERE | Stroud Monastery – The Old Monastry of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St Clair’s Road, Stroud
WHEN | Satruday 22 November
TIME | 11am to 4pm
COST | No cost – a donation would be appreciated
INFO | Contact Pirrial 4994 5511

The Celebratory Eucharist is to be held at 11am followed by a BYO lunch – hot drinks will be provided.

After lunch guests will be hear from three speakers;

  • Jane King – Bird lover
  • Patsy Nagle – Ranger and bush regenerator
  • Ken Rubelie – Conservationist, forester and educator

A brief history of the Monastery

by Rosemary Christmas

In 1972, at the invitation of the Bishop of Newcastle Ian Shevill, a group of Sisters of St Clare arrived in Australia from Freeland, Oxford, England and were accommodated in the St Johns Rectory at Stroud.

The number of Sisters grew and were in need of some long term larger accommodation.

The opportunity of building a monastery nearby emerged and the sisters’ vision became a reality in 1980 with the help of many volunteers.

For Sr Angela, who was a renowned sculptress from her early years, the building of the monastery was a work of sculpture. “We built a mudbrick monastery and people come to it and pick up something that is imparted to them from the place. It’s got nothing to do with bricks and mortar, it was made from the earth – this place will live on whatever happens because love formed it”.

“I long to see writers and theologians, artists and students coming to spend time at Stroud to study and work and to join in the rhythm of prayer and worship.” (Quotes from the recent book “Sculptor of Spirit: Angela of Stroud.” Faith Read )

By the year, 2000, for various reasons, there were no Sisters of St Clare in occupation of the monastery.

Sr Angela had ill health and moved to America where she died in 2002.

The Monastery is such a unique retreat and is a marvelous legacy, and we need to nurture and treasure sharing the Franciscan world view  of reverence for life and sustainability so needed for the world today.


The Samaritans and the Parish of St Johns took over management of the monastery to help until the Friends of the Monastery and the Management Committee was formed. The Samaritans still take the bookings for this haven of peace and beauty.

To make a booking contact the Samaritans
P | 02 4960 7100
E |Stroud@samaritans.org.au

Membership and Donations

Income comes only from bookings and the “Friends of the Monastery Stroud” membership. Please help by becoming a member and receiving the Newsletter.

Annual Membership Fee

COST | $21.00 – $15.00 Concession
SEND TO | “Friends of the Monastery Stroud Inc.” – PO Box 247, Cherrybrook NSW 2126

Management Committee

The Management Committee volunteers meet monthly to maintain the property and bookings under an agreement with the Society of St Francis Trust.
The AGM is scheduled for Saturday 22 November at 9.30am at the Monastery.


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