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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A humble and
faith-filled man

The community of St Clement's, Galong, has lost a much-loved member with the death of Br Frank Flynn CSsR.

Br Frank died in Orange hospital where he was flown by air ambulance after a car accident near Young. Br Clement Holz was injured in the accident and is now recovering in Mercy Care, Young.

In his homily at the funeral Mass celebrated at Galong, rector Fr Bill Goldman CSsR said Br Frank was "a humble, faith-filled man".

The themes of Br Frank's life were common to all but Br Frank "expressed them in his own unique, unforgettable way," Fr Goldman said. "The picture of his life that he painted was bold and clear. The themes are work and love.
"Much of our human dignity arises from the capacity each of us has to love other people and do useful work in this world. In each of us this wonderful capacity to work and to love is tragically marred because we sometimes live out of our shadow side – we make wrong choices. Yet there is much grace that shines forth, evidence that God is active in the lives we live. God was active in the life of Frank Flynn.
"Br Frank seemed content with work and love. Like any of us, he was not perfect, but he chose the right direction," Fr Goldman said.

Prayers for Br Frank Flynn can be left at the Redemptorists' on-line chapel:

ABOVE: Br Frank is pictured with Pope John Paul II on a visit by Redemptorists to Rome.

His life was a sermon

Br Frank never preached a sermon but his life was a sermon, Fr Leo Coffey CSsR said in his eulogy.

He said Br Frank will be remembered by all as "a man of the earth, a man of simple faith, a gentle presence."

"He made people feel welcome and at ease. He had warmth and understanding and compassion."

51 years at Galong

Br Frank was born into a Victorian farming family in March 1936 and was aged 79 when he died. He was a Redemptorist Religious Brother for 55 years, and for 51 of those years he lived and worked on the farm at Galong. He is survived by his brother Joe, from Rochester, Victoria, nieces and a nephew.

The importance of healing

Centering Prayer... Liberation from our Human Condition and False Self-Arrangements, 20-22 October. Trappist monk Fr Thomas Keating and Centering Prayer have played a major part in the journey of presenter Sr Lorraine Cupitt, who has been involved in spirituality and retreats for nearly 20 years.

Come pray and paint

Eat, Pray, Paint, 23-25 October.  Join a “pop-up” art community for fellowship, for learning and to bring a contemplative spirit and shared wisdom to your art work. Presented by: St Clement’s artist-in-residence Sue Orchison and international iconographer Mylene Mosella.

How to find us

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.


From the Rector

Dear Friends,
It is with sadness that I write at this time of the death of Br Frank Flynn CSsR, an esteemed member of our Redemptorist Community here at Galong. Br Frank will be know to many of you who come to Galong; he was much loved by everyone and is sadly missed by all. He was a professed Redemptorist for 55 years. Rest in peace, Br Frank.
We have had a wet and cold, as well as a frosty and cold, winter, however I must say as things begin to warm up the country side looks a picture. It looks as though the patch work quilters have got to work with yellow and green, as there is yellow canola and green wheat everywhere. Farmers are looking towards a good harvest.

We have been busy here at St Clement's with many retreats and the Catholic teachers groups here these past months. There was a very successful merino sheep stud field day here and despite the wet day the organizers were very pleased.

Fr Michael Gilbert conducted a married couples retreat in early September which was very well received. Only today Sue Rolfe, our manager, had an email from someone asking if there is to be another one as she had heard from others how good it was. Thanks to Fr Michael for a wonderful retreat.
May I thank all the team here at St Clement's for the wonderful way they gave Br Frank a fitting farewell and all the hard work they contributed to our sad day. A special thanks to Sue Rolfe for her loyal support to me and the team.

Please pray for Br Clement who is in Mercy Care in Young. He is doing well and we expect him home soon. 
Blessing on all our friends, good health and good cheer. We look forward to seeing you at St Clement's very soon.
Blessings and best wishes,
Fr Bill Goldman CSsR.

Merino day a great success

Nearly 60 studs from across NSW took part in what is becoming an annual event at St Clement's, the South West Slopes Stud Merino Breeders field day.

As one breeder commented in a local newspaper: "People have a really good attitude towards the event. We've had roughly 1000 attend in the last two years. We can't thank the monastery enough. We really want it to stay."


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