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"If you came this way, taking any route, starting from anywhere, at any time or at any season, it would always be the same: you would have to put off sense and notion. You are not here to verify, instruct yourself, or inform curiosity or carry report. You are here to kneel where prayer has been valid".
T S Eliot - from Little Gidding

"All guests are to be received as Christ ... "

The Monastery is a house of the Order of the Holy Cross - an Anglican Benedictine community of men. Individuals and small groups may come for a retreat throughout the year. There is a reasonable charge for staying with us, but no one has ever been turned away for the lack of ability to pay.

The Guest House sits on about 70 hectares of hillside. Paths for walking are cleared and you can meander through the beauty of the Eastern Cape. Bird life is varied and abounding.

The monks pray the Divine Office five times a day, to which the public is invited. The Eucharist is celebrated with the Divine Office of Lauds at 8:00 AM on weekdays. On Sunday, the community gathers for the Eucharist at 9:00 AM.


6:00 AM Vigils Wed - Sun
8:00 AM Lauds/Eucharist Tue - Sat
9:00 AM Eucharist Sun
12:00 PM Midday Prayers Tue - Sat
5:00 PM Vespers Tue - Sun
7:00 PM Compline Tue - Sat


The Guest House at Mariya uMama weThemba Monastery continues a Benedictine tradition centuries old of offering hospitality to individuals and small groups. We invite all those seeking a quiet place of prayer to come for a time of personal retreat. We can accommodate up to four people at a time in the four bedrooms contained in the Guest House building known as The Cottage.

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Latest Updates (20 July 2019)

Please Note

The monastic community will be on retreat from Tue 23 Jul to Fri 2 Aug. There will be no Eucharist in the chapel on Sun 28 Jul. Read more here.

  • As indicated in our latest newsletter, the OHC presence and work at Mariya uMama weThemba Monastery will close at the end of August 2019.
  • There will be a Thanksgiving and Farewell Eucharist here on 24 August 2019.
  • A new presence and work of OHC will begin at St Benedict's Priory on Volmoed at the beginning of September 2019.
  • The Monastery Guest House is closed until further notice. You are still most welcome to join us in the Chapel for prayer at the usual times.
  • Our telephone numbers have changed, as reflected on the Contact page.

Website Updates

The 2019 edition of the OHC Ordo has been added to the site for downloading.

There are two significant changes to the Donations page:

  • Unfortunately, we can no longer accept online donations via this website, for the time being.
  • The information regarding donations from the US has been updated.

See also:

  • News by eMail : We have opened an account with Everlytic, which will enable us to stay in touch with you by sending you our news by email.
  • The May 2016 edition of the Uxolo Newsletter has been added to the site for downloading.
  • You can read the texts of sermons preached in our chapel here.