People come to St Clement’s Retreat and Conference Centre, Galong, for many reasons.
Whoever they are and wherever they are from, they find at St Clement’s a place of hospitality, and a source of grace and hope that gives strength to their lives.
The Redemptorist community and its team of co-workers are a beacon of hope in a rural community that often feels isolated by government, business and church.
This stems from St Clement’s itself being exposed to the same fundamental concerns and issues that rural people face in their daily lives; extremes of climate, the increasing hardship of a global economy that squeezes primary industries and commodity prices, forced migration to cities for work and education, diminishing medical services and, at times, poor communications.
The historic property on which St Clement’s stands passed into the care of the Redemptorist Fathers in 1918 when they founded a monastery and boys’ college. After the college closed in the 1970s, a retreat house took its place.
Today, the Redemptorists offer hospitality to a wide clientele – from those seeking spiritual renewal to others with interests as diverse as the environment, education, history, writing, embroidery, art and music. Special events such as operatic performances and historical events are part of the cultural life of the centre. Some visitors come for a day, but many stay longer to enjoy the ambiance and solitude.
Guided tours of the monastery and homestead precinct are available along with generous country-style morning and afternoon teas, lunches and dinners served in the dining room or by special arrangement in Galong House (c1850). There are extensive grounds and a nearby historic cemetery to explore. The surrounding district offers much for tourists, including quality restaurants and wineries, an abundance of fruit from local orchards, art and craft and delightful rural vistas.
The centre is ideal for groups seeking conference and workshop facilities with a difference and a variety of accommodation and meal packages are available for more than 100 people at a time.
Nutritious country-style meals are prepared in the kitchen and are a feature of the hospitality offered at St Clement’s.
A spacious and well-lit conference room seats up to 100 people theatre style. There are several other spaces available for smaller groups to gather indoors as well as on verandahs and in the beautiful landscaped grounds.
For more information about St Clement’s, or to make a booking, contact Sue or Liz by either:
Phone: 02 6380 5222