The Holy Monastery of Saint John is a coenobitic monastic community for men (a monastic brotherhood that stresses community life) under the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. The Monastery is located in Forrestfield, a suburb at the outskirts of Perth where the picturesque Darling Range begins, a low escarpment running north-south to the east of the Swan Coastal Plain and Perth, Western Australia.

Its idyllic location together with the large parcel of land it occupies both contribute to a monastic life of quietness and prayer, whereas its proximity to the metropolitan area of Perth allows for regular contact with the faithful and spiritual enrichment.

The Abbot’s message on Great Lent

As we approach great and Holy Lent, as we stand at the foot of this great mountain and view its grandeur, we are left with two options; either to ignore the call to climb to its summit or to muster the strength to embark on this great journey. For those who have never experienced this great journey or have not even climbed smaller mountains cannot understand the point of this struggle to the summit, the sacrifice needed to reach a height that humans can only achieve with their free will…to aspire to climb upwards.

Those who decide to climb this mountain are advised to seek a guide (Spiritual Father), who will train them in the art of the climb, what to look out for and how to sustain the journey. Read more here.

Click here for the Monastery Services Program during Great Lent.

Suggested Reading for Great Lent

Great Lent is a time to slow down and reflect, to take time out of our busy lives, to delve deep into our souls and to contemplate our existence. The Holy Fathers and Mothers of our Church tell us that reading helps us to spirituality warm up as one would by stretching before a run.

Reading is the forerunner which inspires us to follow the footsteps of the Saints before us and ultimately our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. During Great Lent with God’s help we will suggest books, which we hope will benefit and inspire you on the straight path. Click here for our recommendations.