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.

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ABOVE: The opening by Fr Bill Goldman  of an Australian bush symbol of a Holy Door, the pilgrims gates at St Clement's. "Welcome through these gates of mercy. Come in to this place of healing and hope. And through these gates may you go out, returning refreshed to the places you left; to be merciful as your heavenly Father is merciful, to forgive as you have been forgiven, in the joy that no one can take from you."

Farewell Fr Bill
welcome Fr John

Suitcases and boxes have been packed and others unpacked as Galong has seen the departure of Fr Bill Goldman to Melbourne and the arrival of new rector Fr John Airey from New Zealand.

St Clement's will also be welcoming Fr Pat O'Neill, who grew up in Goulburn and has spent many of his years as a Redemptorist in mission work.

Part of the farewell to Fr Bill included the blessing and opening of pilgrims gates to mark Pope Francis' call to reflect on the Mercy of God in this Jubilee Year of  Mercy. Fr Bill said the gates were an Australian bush symbol of a Holy Door as a reminder to pilgrims to St Clement's Retreat Centre of the Lord’s constant mercy and love for each one.

A large crowd packed the monastery dining room after the opening to enjoy a farewell lunch and to hear tributes to Fr Bill for his work and service at St Clement's.

On the Emmaus Journey

God is with us every step of the way. This retreat journey with Fr David Hore CSsR is especially tailored for older and retired men and women to help them reflect peacefully on the daily blessings of God’s faithful and unfailing presence in their lives. Monday, 7 March, to Friday, 11 March. Click HERE for more.
Galong was the venue for a group of artists for the annual iconography weekend, led this year by international iconographer Mylene and St Clement's artist-in-residence Sue Orchison.

Meet Galong's
new rector

Even given the winter chills of our part of Australia, it is still a long way between Antarctica and Galong.

The new rector of St Clement's, Fr John Airey, CSsR, has made the journey.

Born in Dunedin, New Zealand, he began training with the Redemptorists in 1961 and was ordained in 1969. As chaplain to the US Naval Deepfreeze task force, he completed three missions in the Antarctic.

Fr John was educated by the Sisters of Mercy and the Christian Brothers. He received further education at Otago and Fordham

Before he joined the Redemptorists he worked for two years with the NZ Broadcasting Service.

He has worked on Redemptorist missions and retreats in New Zealand and as parish priest and assistant in five parishes.

He was made regional superior of the Redemptorists in New Zealand in 1997 and served three terms in this capacity. He was bursar of the region for 15 years. He also spent four years as chaplain at Canterbury University and the Christchurch Teachers College.

Book a retreat

Information and bookings: St Clement’s, telephone 02 6380 5222, email

Find us here

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

The picturesque setting for the walk through the pilgrims gates after the opening last month.
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