St. Stephen’s monastery becomes a modern conference centre

January 1, 2016

The Augustinians will start a new activity in the historic monastery: they are offering an inspiring and historic environment for conferences and events. One large conference room, 4 medium-sized event rooms, 4 monumental cloisters, a small meeting room and a professionally equipped kitchen create a unique place for networking and meetings in the heart of Ghent.

You can find cultural heritage in Ghent city centre: Saint Stephen’s Monastery of the Order of Saint Augustine. Ten monks are living in this beautiful monastery, which has always been a training centre for novices. They are giving religious heritage a new dimension with this new activity.

Thagaste is a modern conference centre with one big conference room, four smaller event rooms and smaller meeting rooms, four large cloisters and an inner courtyard, which are all perfect places for receptions, dinners, exhibitions and more in an exceptional setting.

But the monastery is more than just a meeting place. Thanks to the permanent exhibition of many works of art, the monastery is an “Open Monument” where the monks enjoy giving guided tours.

The new activities are realised thanks to the enthusiasm of Provincial Superior, Father Paul De Wand and his community. They have chosen to update their original mission, teaching courses inspired by the life and work of Saint Augustine, adapted to the needs of this century.

And the result is a new conference centre with the name Thagaste - Trefpunt Augustijnen. Thagaste is the place where Saint Augustine was born and where he started his first community. Trefpunt Augustijnen represents the modern function of the monastery: a place where people meet, where they exchange ideas, and where they can simply enjoy being together, all nestled in a historic setting.

This unique event and conference centre can be booked on If you would like more information, please send an email to following address:

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