The Monastic Order of St. Paul the First Hermit was founded in 1215 in Hungary. The founder was Blessed Eusebius. Through his efforts, the saintly hermits of Hungary were united in monasteries under the patronage of St. Paul the First Hermit, who had lived a solitary life some 780 years earlier.
There are two Monasteries and three Parishes belonging to the Order in Australia. Their first foundation was made in Berrima/Penrose Park, NSW, in 1984, where approximately 2000 pilgrims go each month to pray at the Shrine of Our Lady.
In 1989 the Marian Valley Shrine of Mary Help of Christians, Patroness of Australia, was established in Canungra QLD. Other parishes are Smithfield, Merrylands and Moss Vale in NSW.