Kopua

Location

Official Name Southern Star Abbey

69

Country New Zealand

City Hawke's Bay

Address RD 2 Takapau

Postcode 4287

Contact Information

Telephone [64] (6) 855-8239

Community Email monks@kopuamonastery.org.nz

Guesthouse Email guestmaster@kopuamonastery.org.nz

Website kopuamonastery.org.nz/

Superior Dom Niko Verkley, Superior ad nutum 2016

Other Informations

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
Brian Keogh —Abbot —  05/03/1998–19/03/2015
John Pettite — Sup.ad nutum — 2015-2016

Work and Sources of Income

Dairy Farm

Guest Facilities

For 12 persons One hermitage

Transportation

Airport : Napier.

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