About Us

The Friary Community

The founding members of the Friary Community are a diverse group of people who believe that the old Anglican Friary in Kenmore Hills has much to offer as a place of peace, solace, spirituality, restfulness and creativity within the Christian family, and would like to share it with others.  We come from many backgrounds, have many talents and offer many gifts to the community.  We explore and celebrate ideas, music and the arts, enjoy the presence of each other, strive for justice and peace in the world, and try to live our ideals.  We welcome people whoever they are and whatever they believe who bring experiences harmonious with the central role of the Old Friary as a place of spiritual significance.  This includes presence, goodness, talents, gifts of being and creative and healing skills to enrich our lives and the lives of others in the community.  We hope that our membership will include people of good will everywhere who value the contribution made by the Old Friary to the local community and the events that they encounter within its grounds.  We work in partnership with the Anglican church administrators and the owner of the site (Uniting Care)  to help the Old Friary remain a lively and enlivening place.


Anyone is welcome to become a member of the Friary Community.  To apply, email Ian Ross at admin@friary.org.au with your contact details and a brief reason you would like to join. We will advise you of the outcome by return email.

Continuing Anglican church commitment to the Old Friary

The Old Friary worship is currently under the care of Kenmore-Brookfield Anglican Parish

The Friary Community members work to make the Old Friary continue as a vital place of spiritual significance.  It is to be hoped that it will continue in future to be a revered and loved place for the local community.

Goals of the Friary Community:

(a) To preserve the Old Friary as a place which values and provides the opportunity for people to come and practice or experience a contemplative spirituality; 

(b) To maintain a focus of peace, tranquillity and a sense of the presence of God as a CENTRAL focus around which other activities are organised;

(c) To preserve the integrity of the site for future generations;

(d) To increase the public visibility of the Old Friary and its activities both in the church and in the community;

(e) To make it easier for community and church groups to know about the Old Friary and hopefully its future use within the local community, thereby keeping it viable and ensure its continuity.