Rosalie was the first foundation of the Marist Brothers in Queensland. The monastery was blessed and opened in 1927 and was also used as a school until alternative facilities could be built. Because of a change in demographics the falling student numbers saw the decision to close the college at the end of 2008.
With the closure of the college the Marist Brothers decided to transform the facility into a new ministry by providing a place for retreats, workshops, seminars and meetings. Many parish and archdiocesan agencies utilize the different gathering spaces and schools have found it an affordable and centrally located venue for retreats.
In keeping with the Marist charism, the Centre is committed to supporting ministries which focus on education, social justice and youth. In support of this, the Centre provides space for professional development programmes, leadership training and reflection days.
More widely, the Centre is available to the Catholic and general community as a well-equipped venue for training and conference needs. Whether it is a short meeting for a dozen or a weekend conference for up to 150 people, the Lavalla Centre can meet your needs.