Co-Founder and Leader

Benedictus Contemplative Church


Rev. Dr Sarah Bachelard is a theologian and retreat leader, based in Canberra, Australia. She is the founding director of Benedictus Contemplative Church and has taught contemplative prayer nationally and internationally. Sarah completed a Bachelor of Arts in Theology at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship in 1992, and was a student of the Most Reverend Dr Rowan Williams. She holds a doctorate in moral philosophy from the Australian National University, and was ordained a priest in the Anglican church of Australia in 2006.

Sarah is a member of the World Community for Christian Meditation. She has also worked in the Senate Committee Office and parish ministry, as a chaplain with UnitingCare Ageing, and as a lecturer in theology at Charles Sturt University. She is a Research Fellow at the Australian Catholic University. Sarah is the author of Experiencing God in a Time of CrisisResurrection and Moral Imagination, and A Contemplative Christianity for Our Time. A major focus of her work is the relationship between personal spiritual formation and our capacity to act in the world in ways that enable reconciliation, justice, and true community.