The Order of St. Paul the First Hermit has two Monasteries in Australia. Monasteries are essential to our mission, being powerhouses of prayer, centres for evangelization and cradles for vocations. They are the Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy at Penrose Park, NSW, which the Pauline Fathers founded in 1984 and Marian Valley – Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians near Canungra QLD, founded in 1995.
Marian Valley – Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians is about 10km from Canungra and south of Brisbane in the Gold Coast Hinterland. The Pauline Fathers founded it in 1995, dedicating its main chapel to the Black Madonna. Pilgrims to the Shrine have built many other smaller chapels. Marian Valley also has a retreat centre where pilgrims can come and stay.
The Church dedicated the Black Madonna
The chapel dedicated to Our Lady Help of Christians
Blessings at the Fatima Grotto
View of the Stations of the Cross
The Pauline Fathers outside their Monastery
Blank Madonna Chapel
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 Order of St. Paul the First Hermit, known as the Pauline Fathers, runs the Shrine. The Pauline Fathers have been custodians of the original Icon of the Black Madonna since 1382 and brought a copy to Australia in 1983 after Pope John Paul II had blessed it.
Monastery and Shrine Church
The Shrine Church full of Pilgrims
The Fathers and Brothers leading a procession the Grotto
Some of the International Shrines built at the Monastery
Fatima Day Procession
Good Friday Passion Play at the Shrine