the history of new norcia just begun whenever spaniards monk dom rosendo salvado followed dom jose benito serra going to cava, near salerno, italy to have monastic profession in 1838. under authorities of rome, they accept missionary vow to be sent anywhere and their first appointment is meet up with first bishop of perth, reverend john brady.
whenever the missionary in perth getting bigger, these two spaniards has been sent to new norcia, 133 km from perth for a christianity mission including to the aboriginal indigenous. unfortunately, dom serra then decided to be back to europe in 1859 and never comeback. dom salvado spent the rest of his life to build new norcia. known as the only monastic town and benedictine community in australia nowadays.
Fondest memory: beautiful spanish-style buildings and fine arts collections within museum and art gallery of new norcia. it's just like travel back in time.
"pax" is a latin word, means peace. it's a motto-grotto of the benedictine monks in new norcia. yes hoping peace always be with you. for me personally, it's great to have a chance to pay a visit in new norcia. especially after good friday in easter. feel like ... blessed from the heaven.
and i already tried abbey ale and new norcia sourdough. said that the ale and sourdough plus olive are included to the monks' diet. so, being there and tried their diet, hopefully i can understand better to stay calm and live in pax!
pax for all of you :)
Favorite thing: The trail extends along 2km and allows you take in more of the interesting buildings in the town. This is a ‘do it yourself’ walk and can take a leisurely 2 – 3 hours. There is an optional 1.7km walk along the River but is not suitable for families with prams/pushchairs. At times when the water levels are high, a river crossing may not be possible.
Favorite thing: The Benedictine way of life was established in Italy during the sixth century by St Benedict who became disillusioned with the world, and chose to live as a hermit in a cave at Subiaco, near Rome. After a period of seclusion, he began to develop a regular and disciplined way of life which largely involved prayer. As an old man, he decided to write down his practical ideas for the living of monastic life as a ‘Rule’ or guidebook for his followers. This Rule was used throughout Europe and has survived to this day and followed at New Norcia.
The Benedictines are a religious order within the Catholic Church and are the oldest of the
existing orders. You will find them in most countries in the world with some 9,100 men and 18,900 women. There are three Benedictine monasteries for men and three for women with New Norcia being the only one in Western Australia.
Favorite thing: New Norcia has daily guided tours which leave at 11.00am and 1.30pm. These tours last approximately 2 hours and can be booked at the Museum. The tour will take you into areas which can only be seen via the guide. You will hear the story of New Norcia and visit the monks own chapel within the monastery as well as St Ildephonsus and St Gertrude’s Colleges.