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LOCATION

Official Name
Southern Star Abbey
RD 2 Takapau
Hawke's Bay 4287
Country
New Zealand

CONTACT INFORMATION

Telephone
[64] (6) 855-8239
Community E-mail
Guesthouse Email
guestmaster@kopuamonastery.org.nz
Superior
Dom Brian Keogh, Abbot 1998-2010

OTHER INFORMATION

Juridical Status
Abbey
Diocese
Dioecesis Palmerstonaquiloniana (Palmerston North)
OCSO Region
[ORIENS]
Founded/Restored
1954
Origins
Founded by Mt Melleray. Erected as abbey April 1960.
History

1954 Authorized by the General Chapter of 1953 to begin the foundation, the six founders leave Mt Melleray on 1 May 1954. They arrive in New Zealand in June to begin the regular life.
On 6 November the novitiate is opened.

2000 - The community commences a program of discernment about its future. Eventually a Vision for the Future is articulated.

2003 – Rosalie Prescott – patron of the monastery – dies at the age of 103.

2004 – The community celebrates the Golden Jubilee of its foundation.

2008 – The new Guest House is opened in June.

Father Immediate
Mount Melleray
Lay Associates
Associates of Southern Star Abbey
Past Superiors

Basil HAYES --- Superior --- 9/06/1954 - 08/04/1960
Joachim MURPHY --- Abbot --- 08/04/1960 - 30/09/1986
Basil HAYES (2) --- Abbot --- 20/10/1986 - 20/06/1989
John Kelly --- Sup.ad nutum 15/02/1990 - 19/03/1992
John Kelly --- Abbot --- 19/03/1992 05/03/1998

Work and sources of income
Dairy Farm
Guest Facilities
For 12 persons One hermitage
Transportation
Airport : Napier.