uests, retreatants and visitors are welcomed as christ himself.

The following story, taken from The Wisdom of the Desert Fathers, illustrates the point of coming to the stillness of a monastery:

There were three friends, all of whom chose different means of work. The first decided to become a peace-maker among men. The second decided to tend to the sick. While the third decided to live in prayer and stillness in the desert. The first two friends found that they were unable to complete the work they set out to do and became disheartened. So they decided to visit their third friend who was living in the stillness of prayer.

St Enoch & St Elijah Monastery OF
ove the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. Deuteronomy 10:19.

You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.  Leviticus 19:34.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Matthew 5:43-44.

“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ “ Matthew 25:40.


Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. Love does no wrong to a neighbour; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Romans 13:8.

So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality.” Acts 10:34.

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.” Revelation of John 21:3.

Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are. III John 1:5.

And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself.” Luke 10:27.

Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. Colossians 3:11.

And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Luke 18:39.

Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Romans 12:13. ESV.


ule of saint benedict on the reception of guests: Let all guests who arrive be received like Christ,
for He is going to say, "I came as a guest, and you received Me"

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.‘ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39  And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?‘ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:35-40.

And to all let due honor be shown, especially to the domestics of the faith and to pilgrims. As soon as a guest is announced, therefore, let the Superior or the brethren meet him with all charitable service. And first of all let them pray together, and then exchange the kiss of peace. For the kiss of peace should not be offered until after the prayers have been said, on account of the devil's deceptions. In the salutation of all guests, whether arriving or departing, let all humility be shown. Let the head be bowed or the whole body prostrated on the ground in adoration of Christ, who indeed is received in their persons.

After the guests have been received and taken to prayer, let the Superior or someone appointed by him sit with them. Let the divine law be read before the guest for his edification, and then let all kindness be shown him. The Superior shall break his fast for the sake of a guest, unless it happens to be a principal fast day which may not be violated. The brethren, however, shall observe the customary fasts. Let the Abbot give the guests water for their hands; and let both Abbot and community wash the feet of all guests. After the washing of the feet let them say this verse:
"We have thought on your steadfast love, O Lord, in the midst of Your temple." Psalm 48:9.

In the reception of the poor and of pilgrims the greatest care and solicitude should be shown, because it is especially in them that Christ is received; for as far as the rich are concerned, the very fear which they inspire wins respect for them.

Let there be a separate kitchen for the Abbot and guests, that the brethren may not be disturbed when guests, who are never lacking in a monastery, arrive at irregular hours.
Let two brethren capable of filling the office well be appointed for a year to have charge of this kitchen. Let them be given such help as they need, that they may serve without murmuring. And on the other hand, when they have less to occupy them,
let them go out to whatever work is assigned them.

The guest house also shall be assigned to a brother or sister whose soul is possessed by the utmost respect for the will of God. Let there be a sufficient number of beds made up in it; and let the house of God be managed by prudent men and women and in a prudent manner.

On no account shall anyone who is not so ordered associate or converse with guests.
But if he or she should meet them or see them, let him or her greet them humbly, as we have said, ask their blessing and pass on, saying that he or she is not allowed to converse with a guest.

The Rule of St. Benedict



isitors primarily come to our monastery for

God’s sake. silence (the absence of idle chit chat), and

solitude are desired, as is time on your hands — time to freely read, walk, pray and to commune with God who abides with you — time to do things that enrich you—body, mind, soul, spirit, vocation and eternal destiny (including healthy food and a swimming pool in season).

These are what occupies the visitor dwelling on this land that has been known to be sacred and resource rich since the days of heroic Kupe and his people more than 250 years before the birth of Saint Francis of Assisi in the 12th century.

Visitors are given manual tasks to do, but they don’t come here to be busy. Quite the contrary; and we aid visitors to find a deeper peace in God than being busy affords.

For more about activities click here Activities


FFJ monastery cells

Each cell very comfortably accommodates one monk or monastic sister, or two guests with the King and Queen-sized beds easily converted to Singles. All cells are well appointed to face east or west with either panoramic rural or garden views. Each cell has chattels of a high quality and have features and amenities to ensure the provision for a comfortable contemplative vocation.



FFJ monastery bathrooms

Cells’ Bathrooms

Ensuite bathrooms have toiletries provided, bathrobes, heated towel rails and hair dryers.

All visitor bedrooms and bathrooms are serviced daily or as required.


They confessed their difficulties and asked for guidance. This was the third friend’s response: “After a short silence, he poured some water into a bowl and said to them, ‘Look at the water,’ and it was disturbed. After a little while he said to them again, ‘Look how still the water is now,’ and as they looked into the water, they saw

their own faces reflected in it as in a mirror. Then he said to them,

‘It is the same for those who live among men; disturbances

prevent them from seeing their faults. But when a man is

still, especially in the desert, then he sees his failings.’”


FFJ monastery cells have

  1. Contemplative Father Fusion environment

  2. Controlled privacy for uninterrupted silence

  3. Comfortable Beds

  4. Fine Linen

  5. Electric Blankets

  6. Heating

  7. Television

  8. Mohair Throws

  9. WiFi

  10. Prayer and study desk and chair

  11. Meal boxes so that meals are eaten in solitude in the cell. A communal meal is celebrated in the dining room on Sundays for lunch followed by the 3 hour walk and talk.

  12. A laundry service is available to visitors upon notifying the Guest Master.


isitors are most welcome to

sfFJ monastery and we welcome

all visitors as christ himself visiting.


Visits are customarily pre-arranged as, because of the

solitary nature of our life, the monastery does not ordinarily

receive casual drop ins however, as it is with love, there are always

exceptions . . . and the last shall be as the first.


FFJ GUEST requests

and Communication Box is outside
your cell. You need only to deposit your request and lift the flag to indicate to the Guest Master that you have placed a communication in the box.

Your communication will have a response as soon as possible and the flag will be lowered.

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Like The delicate and fragile Punga Frond, The Father Gradually Unfolds His Plans for our Father fusion and we gradually unfold in his image