The Two Houses of the Congregation and Our Current Projects

St Dominic's Convent, Wanganui, NZ
Current Projects: Help us to build our new home!
Rosary Convent, Victoria, AUS

Two Newly Professed Sisters for the Congregation

Epiphany 2019: The Community in Tynong, Australia

On the Feast of the Epiphany 2019, the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of Wanganui under the protection of Our Lady of the Rosary and St Catherine of Siena welcomed 3 more Sisters fully into our midst. Sr Mary Agnes, O.P. from Australia, and Sr Mary Osanna, O.P. from Samoa, made their first vows with us in a moving ceremony presided by Fr Alphonsus Mary, C.Ss.R. Sr Teresa Joseph, O.P. from U.S.A. made perpetual profession in the hands of Mother Mary Micaela, O.P., Prioress General of the Congregation, while three more Sisters renewed their vows for a further two years. The Mass was offered by Rev Fr Alphonsus Mary, C.Ss.R, who was assisted by the Rev Frs Jules Belisle and Raphael du Chazaud. The sermon was preached by Rev Fr Gerard Hogan. The Sisters would like to thank all the priests, seminarians and altar servers, and also all our friends and families who made it all the way to Tynong – some from as far away as the United States, Canada and Samoa – to join us in a day filled with grace. May God bless you all and grant us perseverance.

A New Newsletter – and Important Announcements

Are you interested in a Dominican vocation? Learn more about the call to the consecrated and religious life with us in our latest newsletter!

An aerial view of the Convent as it stands now.

The months have simply flown by, all too quickly, with its round of work, school, and prayer. Already half the year has gone, and the second Semester of school beckoning round the corner with the always eagerly-anticipated feastday of our holy father Saint Dominic, choir festivals, and the joyous celebration of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.

But, in order for our work and apostolate to continue, we do need your help and prayers. Funds are urgently needed to complete the second wing of the Convent to accommodate the young ladies who wish to give themselves to God by living the Dominican life. Our latest newsletter has the details of it all. Please do download a copy and pass it on to your friends and relatives, and anyone whom you think would be in the position to help us in any way. No sacrifice, prayer or gift will be counted small in the eyes of Almighty God.

As you can see from the photograph above, we haven’t got a cloister, only an “L” wing, which leaves us very much exposed to the elements. As we are in a swampy area here in Tynong, the ground gets water-logged very quickly, especially in winter, and turns into sticky clay that clumps around one’s feet. (We also get entire colonies of mosquitoes in the summer!) With the driving rains of winter upon us, we have to battle floods and mudpools while making our way to school several times a day, often in dire weather conditions. The smaller-built Sisters sometimes literally get “blown away” by the wind!

Please, if you are able to better our situation, we would be happy to hear from you! We pray for all who have and continue to support us in our work and apostolate here in the antipodes – may the good Lord be gracious and merciful to us all.

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!

The Sisters also publish a web-journal intermittently. To access the full archive of journal entries, click here.