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So far Jonathan Craven has created 10 blog entries.

Care for the Environment

With a recurring historical theme of Cistercians caring for their environment, the Kopua Cistercian Associate community, having just celebrated the 20th year of their formation, are supporting the monastic community to restore a wetland on its grounds. Father Nicho’s response to the idea when it was first presented in 2021 was: “Last night at [...]

Care for the Environment2023-01-10T15:45:02+13:00

Kopua Habitat Restoration Project       Working Bee No 8

Matariki Weekend June 2022 On the Friday of the first public holiday acknowledging Matariki over 40 volunteers gathered to begin planting 1000 native trees around the Kopua Wetland. We began with a Matariki Waiata sung by Hinekawa Munday. This waiata featured all nine stars in the cluster. After introductions we moved to the planting [...]

Kopua Habitat Restoration Project       Working Bee No 82023-01-10T15:43:31+13:00

Pope encourages Trappists

Pope encourages Trappists to pursue quest inspired by Jesus’ “dreams" Addressing participants in the General Chapter of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance Pope Francis encourages them to pursue four “dreams” in order to edify and improve oneself and one’s community. By Linda Bordoni from Pope Francis on Friday had words of [...]

Pope encourages Trappists2022-09-18T14:13:09+12:00

Fr. Nicho’s Exhortation

Br .Jonathan the Annunciation of the Lord is a most appropriate feastday for your taking the next step on your monastic journey. Its liturgy tells us, that God for his universal plan of our salvation, wanted to depend on the B.V.M. who at 1st was disturbed & scared of the idea, but then wholeheartedly [...]

Fr. Nicho’s Exhortation2022-04-30T08:42:28+12:00

Another Step for a Kiwi Monk

Jonathan grew up in Marton and went to Palmerston North Boys’ High School, before university, work and time overseas. He describes his formation journey. My novitiate with the Cistercians has drawn to a close. As I look back on the two years’ programme – one year at our own monastery and one year near Melbourne [...]

Another Step for a Kiwi Monk2022-05-05T09:36:23+12:00

From the Monastery

Former guesthouse manager, Sybil Gibson, talks about monastic hospitality at Kopua Monastery: The Cistercian Companions of Kopua are blessed to serve God as part of the ministry of hospitality offered to Guests on retreat at Kopua. There are four Companions at the moment Jim, Sybil, Ian and Maria, and we try to live out [...]

From the Monastery2022-04-25T14:25:44+12:00

A Piece of Eternity

Janelle Visser, from Canada, visited us and wrote a brief article about her stay. Janelle is an adventure tourism guide.Last Thursday I put my phone on airplane mode and set my life on monastery mode. Road to Kopua monastery I spent four nights – three full days – at a Benedictine monastery situated on a [...]

A Piece of Eternity2022-12-19T15:47:28+13:00


Kopua is a hidden treasure of the Church in New Zealand. That it is hidden is not by chance. It’s a Cistercian monastery, and so seclusion is part of its nature and purpose.That doesn’t mean that Kopua, tucked away in the rolling hills of Tararua, is enclosed. In fact, part of the Cistercian charism is [...]


Rest in Peace Brother Tony Brown

Sadly Br. Tony passed away on the 16th of October 2020 aged 79. Please enjoy to Father Nicho's Homily from the funeral. It relates to Saint Matthew's Gospel 2:2-11. We chose this Gospel of the Feast of the Epiphany for today's liturgy because it relates to brother Tony, who held some [...]

Rest in Peace Brother Tony Brown2022-04-14T15:40:20+12:00


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