The Australian Province of Order Of Saint Paul The First Hermit
The Order of St. Paul the First Hermit, known as the Pauline Fathers, is dedicated to spreading devotion to Our Lady, particulary under the form of devotion to Our Lady of Czestochowa, the Black Madonna of which they have been custodians for centuries. The Pauline Fathers who arrived in Australia in 1982, have two shrines devoted to her: The Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy and the Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians.
On the 17th-18th of October the Australian Province of St. Paul the First Hermit had its provincial chapter which elected the new provincial chapter. We congratulate Fr. Albert on being elected provincial and also the new members of his council. We also thank Fr. Jarek for his years of service as provincial.
At Penrose Park in the Southern Highlands of NSW, there is a shrine dedicated to our Lady of Mercy, represented by a replica of the Icon of Our Lady of Jasna Góra, known as the Black Madonna. The Shrine is run by the Order of St. Paul the First Hermit known as the Pauline Fathers. The Pauline Fathers have been custodians of the original Icon of the Black Madonna since 1382.
The Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians is about 10km from Canungra and south of Brisbane in the Gold Coast Hinterland. It was founded by the Pauline Fathers in 1995. It's main chapel is deciated to the Black Madonna, and has many other smaller chapels build by pilgrims of the Shrine. Marrian Valley also has a retreat center where pilgrims can come and say.