AA I,000 acre sheep and cattle ranch at the foot of the Great Dividing Range, 35 miles from Melbourne, has been bought by the Cistercian monks in Ireland for a foundation in Australia.
It will be called Notre Dame Abbey, will be officially dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption and will have St. Patrick as its second patron.
A community of monks from Roscrea will fly to Australia early in October and the monastery will he opened about the middle of October with a community of 19 priests and brothers.
A 38-room homestead will serve as the temporary monastery and the woolshecl will he equipped as a temporary chapel.
The Abbot of Roscrea, Dom Camillus Claffes. announcing the foundation. said that 28 Australians have already applied to join the Order and that he proposed to ask the Holy See for the special privilege of setting up a novitiate as soon as possi hie.