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.

A Piece of Eternity2022-04-25T14:30:41+12:00


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 .


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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