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 [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
Janelle Visser, from Canada, visited us and wrote a brief article about her stay. Janelle is an adventure tourism guide.
Kopua blessed by local vocation… an article in the NZ Catholic about Brothers Aelred, Gregory & Anselm arriving from Our Lady of the Philippines Abbey, and Brother Jonathan, from Palmerston North, entering the noviciate .
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 [...]