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All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ; for he himself will say, "I was a stranger and you welcomed me."
- Rule of St. Benedict

 
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Guest House ... A Benedictine Ministry of Hospitality ...

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.

The Refectory building has been reconfigured. A spacious dining area provides guests with delicious meals shared with the monastic community. There is also a comfortable lounge area for relaxing with a book or quiet conversation over a cup of tea or coffee. In addition, there is a space in which small groups can meet. Good weather days can be enjoyed outside on the veranda.

The Monastery is situated on 70 hectares of land with many walking trails, unique and varied bird life and magnificent scenery. Farms surrounding the Monastery provide a 360 degree view of the vast valleys outside of Grahamstown, and on a clear day, one can see the ocean.

The Chapel is open for private prayer throughout the day. Guests are encouraged to attend the Daily Offices and Eucharist which are led by the monastic community. These experiences of prayer can be a unique and integral part of the retreat experience at the monastery. Our facility is ecumenical in keeping with St. Benedict's teaching that "all who present themselves at the monastery are to be received as Christ."

The Monks are available to meet with individuals, to provide spiritual accompaniment. Please let us know in advance of your visit if you would like to meet with a Brother during your time here.

The Guest House is open from Tuesday afternoon until Sunday afternoon, most weeks.

To Contact the Guest House:
"Please Note:
We do not turn anyone away from our Guest House because of financial constraints. If you need to negotiate the costs, please speak with the Guest Master."

 
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