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Perhaps the hardest thing is being without the sacraments. Nevertheless, private Masses are still being offered, with the option to view them on the video channel here. You can also leave your prayer requests with the Sisters by clicking on this link.

It is the Feast of the Annunciation today, and although the country is going into lockdown amid the COVID-19 crisis, life in the convent still continues in its serene way – the Sisters sing Mass, cook for our extensive family (and hungry stomachs), and hang up the washing while preparing homework for the children.

The Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of Wanganui, in New Zealand, is under the Patronage of Our Lady of the Rosary and St Catherine of Siena

St Dominic's Convent, Wanganui, NZ

We are currently in the process of updating our website – please, bear with us while we make the necessary adjustments – with all the Sisters once again under one roof in Wanganui! Our most urgent need now is funds for the building of our new accommodation block, so all the Sisters have a private place to study and can sleep in separate cells. If you can help us in any way, email us and help us please spread the word!

The Southern Star: Newsletter for the Dominican Sisters of Wanganui

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Four times a year, the Dominican Sisters of Wanganui publish a newsletter, The Southern Star, with news and views from the Convent. To read the latest newsletter, click here. Back issues can be accessed by clicking on the newsletter cover on the left.

O Jesus, gentlest Love, let Thy will be done in us always as it is in Heaven by your angels and saints!
- St Catherine of Siena

If you would like to e-subscribe and receive the newsletter on a regular basis, do send us a request at thesouthernstar@dominicansisters.net.nz. Our postal address is in the newsletter if you prefer a hard copy. Write to us!

Our next issue will be published around Easter 2020.
Stay tuned for a special edition!

If you’d like to catch up on the latest news from the Sisters, visit our blog.