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.


What a busy start to 2015 at Galong

The year has started at St Clement’s with our corridors and rooms filled with smiling faces. A number of participants in the year’s first two retreats were newcomers to Galong. “This was my first visit to Galong after all these years living in Canberra,” said one. “I have a feeling it may not be the last.”

The Restore My Spirit music retreat weekend led by Sr Carmel Pilcher and Sr Margaret Cusack, and the Eat, Pray, Paint weekend for artists led by Canberra iconographer Sue Orchison were both popular additions to the St Clement’s annual retreat program.

The popular Redemptorist Fr Leo Coffey, who is well-known from his time at Galong, will be back to lead The Emmaus Journey week-long retreat from 9 to 13 March. In April, he will lead a six-day guided retreat.

Josephite Sr Robyn McNamara and St Clement’s Fr Bill Goldman CSsR will guide retreatants on a Marian Retreat from Friday, 1 May, to Sunday, 3 May. On the weekend of the historic annual Marian procession at Galong, participants will join in reflecting on Mary, the Mother of God, as a woman of faith and the disciple who leads us to Jesus.

For more information and bookings, click here.

What the retreatants said

Edmond Nixon CSsR

“The art weekend was beautiful; longer would be wonderful, a five-day stay. I’d love another one in September.”

“The music retreat was just what I would have hoped. It made no great demands of virtuosity in voice or instrument, yet it afforded great affirmation to the dedicated musicians/singers who attended. Sisters Carmel and Margaret imparted their scholarship with clarity and authority.”

“Beautiful venue; rooms very comfortable.”

“The way we were invited by Fr Bill to participate in the Mass was a real blessing.”

Who was St Clement?

St Clement’s Monastery, which includes the Retreat Centre, is named after Austrian-born Saint Clement Hofbauer (1751-1820). He joined the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer while Saint Alphonsus was still living but never actually met the founder. He is responsible for the spread of the Congregation beyond the Alps into Europe and the New World. For more about St Clement’s, click here.

How to find us

We are located a little over an hour’s drive from Canberra and close to bus and train routes.  Our prices are modest but our service is exceptional; and the setting is truly magnificent. Click HERE to view us in google maps.

From the Rector

Dear Friends,
I hope this greeting finds you all well. We have begun the Holy Season of Lent; a time to help us focus and reflect with a little more depth on our relationship with the Lord and our response to the Word in our lives.

Someone once said to me that Lent was like a marathon race; you have to pace yourself so that you finish the race. If you are a sprinter you might start well but the danger is, if you are not careful, you might run out of puff before the race is finished. So take it slowly and ease yourself into the rhythm of this holy season. 
The year has started well here at St.Clement's with a number of grace-filled retreats already completed. Please check out the retreat brochure for the year with everything listed or click here.

I would like to suggest an idea that might be taken up by an individual or by a group of parish friends. You might like to organise a coach trip of four or five days duration using St Clement's as your base with day trips to Canberra and other attractions in our region.

It would be a relaxed time with daily Mass, walks in our beautiful grounds, evening prayer, a movie or cards at night. You would need about 20 people to make it worthwhile. Our manager Sue Rolfe (telephone 02 6380 5222) would be happy to discuss how this could be organised.
We have a great team of people at St Clement's from cooks to cleaners, from groundsmen to the dining room and office staff. They are the people behind the scenes who make everything work smoothly and who ensure your stay will be a comfortable and fulfilling one.

I would like to acknowledge the wonderful work that they do to make our guests and visitors feel so welcome. They are all coordinated and led by Sue Rolfe. She and Liz in the office are always happy to assist with inquiries.

Blessings and prayers,
Fr Bill Goldman CSsR
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