The religious order behind a Wagga monastery set to close next month will seek a buyer for its multi-acre property at Ashmont.
Wagga Superior of the House Sister Maria told The Daily Advertiser last weekthat the Carmelite order would hold a closure mass for the monastery on November 6 due to a lack of nuns.
The pending closure has prompted community speculation about what will become of the six-hectare property on Morshead Street.
A spokeswoman for the Carmelite Australia head monastery in Melbourne said the order would invite bids for the property but they would prefer the Wagga building continued to serve a religious purpose.
"By the end of November, we hope to have a clearer idea but in the meantime expressions of interest are welcome," the spokeswoman said.
"The building has to be sold; it's quite a bit of property as well as the church and the buildings.
"Naturally, expressions of interest from those who could be able to continue to use it as a church would be most welcome."
The monastery grounds include a church building with stained glass windows, accommodation wings and a courtyard entwined with grapevines.
The spokeswoman said the order would like to avoid having to hold a deconsecration ceremony to remove the building's blessing and allow non-religious uses.
"It's a lovely church and the monastery building itself could be turned into a care place," she said.
"It's quite a bit of land but that could be separate.
"We will just have to see what comes up. It's not an easy process."
The order will also have to consult with the Catholic Archdiocese of Wagga over the proposed sale.
When construction started on the monastery in 1967, the surrounding area was empty grassland but suburban housing spread out around it over the decades.
The monastery's design was based on Carmelite buildings in Europe, which follow the philosophies of communal living and isolated contemplation.