6 April 2013


If you have come here looking for information on Saint Petroc's Monastery, Hobart, it is our pleasure to tell you that following in the steps of his beloved saint, Fr Michael has founded a hermitage in the Celtic world (Scotland) where he continues his historical research and work on the Western Rite.

To keep up to date with this old-new work blessed by Saint Petroc visit Orthodox Western Rite (the largest and most comprehensive Western Rite site on the internet) and The Green Olive Tree blog which Fr Michael co-authors.

 Holy Father Petroc, pray to God for us!


St Petroc was a famous Orthodox Abbot, born c.490 in Wales, who became a monk and counted amongst his disciples Saint Coemgen (the patron saint of Dublin). He travelled to Cornwall and set up his abbey at Padstow (derived from his name, 'stow' means 'holy place') where he remained as Abbot for thirty years.He eventually left and set up a hermitage near Rough Tor on Bodmin Moor. Saint Petroc reposed in the Lord in 564AD. Associated with him in the monastic life were Saint Croidan, Saint Dagan and Saint Medan.

His feast day is the 17th of June.

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Edited by margaret smythe on the Feast of St Elgiva, Queen of England, 31/18 May 2014.

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