Welcome to St Clement’s, a contemporary, Redemptorist retreat and conference centre set on 800 acres in a tranquil, picturesque setting in rural New South Wales, Australia. The Redemptorists are a religious congregation of priests and brothers within the Catholic Church who live in community for the sake of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, especially among people on the margins of society and church.

Tel: 0263805222

Celebrating a centenary

Galong rector Fr John Airey celebrates Mass (above) in the beautiful upstairs Boys’ Chapel. This was the chapel used by students when St Clement’s was a boarding school for young men interested in joining the Redemptorists. The occasion was the 100th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the residence and juniorate by then Bishop of Goulburn, Dr Gallagher, on 22 April, 1917. The building and college was formally opened the next year, when the Apostolic Delegate took part in a more elaborate ceremony.

In what was described as a "brilliant address", Bishop Gallagher said, "let the spiritual sons of St Alphonsus take possession of Galong.... they are the heirs of all the ages. This house will offer a home to the clearest intellects and purest hearts of Australasia, as the cloister did to those of Europe 1500 years ago."
BELOW: Fr John Airey and Mass-goers  on the day have a close look at the historic foundation stone.

Popular art retreat soon

The next retreat on our program  this year is the popular Eat, Pray, Paint which is held  twice a year. Join iconographer Sue Orchison as part of a pop-up art community for fellowship, for learning and to bring a contemplative spirit and shared wisdom to your own art work. Friday, 23 June, to Sunday, 25 June.

Book a retreat with us

Retreat program:  Click here.
Bookings: St Clement’s, telephone 02 6380 5222, email


You'll find us here

We are located a little over an hour’s drive from Canberra and close to bus and train routes.  Click HERE for google maps.

Many make good use of our centre

Dear Friends of St Clements,

Here at the Retreat and Conference Centre we have been playing host to important meetings of the Redemptorist Congregation.
Days of Assembly saw 49 Redemptorists participating from all parts of the Province of Oceania and beyond.

We welcomed confreres from Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Malaysia, Samoa and New Zealand as well as a large contingent of Australia-based Redemptorists. Following the Assembly 24 confreres remained for a meeting of the Provincial Chapter.

At that Chapter, I resigned from the Provincial Council in order to pay my full attention to the work and needs of our Retreat and Conference Centre here in Galong. It is always a happy occasion to welcome so large a number of Redemptorists to this community, especially as we recall the laying of the foundation stone for St Clement’s 100 years ago.

Following the successful Redemptorist Assembly, we were host to an Assembly of the Archbishop and priests of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. The Archdiocese has been a constant supporter of this Centre and on this occasion more than 50 priests attended the assembly.

Teachers from Catholic schools in the Archdiocese have been attending over several weeks the special programmes that are arranged each year. A principals’ gathering saw teachers arriving from all over Australia. It is most encouraging that our Catholic educators are making good use of the facilities we have here.

Winter is setting in and the countryside is green and fresh. The sowing of seed on farmland is almost complete. Hopefully the spiritual seeds being sown at our centre will produce much fruit for our Church and our land.

With every best wish,
John Airey CSsR, Rector
June 2017



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