It’s been quite a while since any news for posted – not because there was no activity – but rather because there was so much going on!
Our annual retreat concluded on the Feast of the Epiphany, 6 January, with 6 Sisters renewing their vows for a further one year. Fr Albert, O.P. preached the retreat – and led us to the heights of contemplation while considering the Incarnate Word of God become a little Babe, aided by the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, St Augustine, St Leo, St Bernard, St Thomas Aquinas, and St John of the Cross.
All too soon it was time for school to begin. The boarders came back and were pleasantly surprised by the “re-modelled” kitchen and refectory.
School began with a whole-school Mass. Before the Mass, all the Sisters and staff of the three schools took the Anti-Modernist Oath and the Tridentine Profession of Faith.
Candlemas was celebrated in our little chapel of Loreto, with the Sisters’ procession winding around the building.
Up next will be the 150th anniversary of the coming of the Dominican nuns from Ireland to New Zealand, on 18th February, Foundresses’ Day. It was that day, in 1871, that the Dominican Sisters from Ireland came to New Zealand with Bishop Moran and began life in Dunedin, on the South Island. May God see fit to grant us increase and perseverance!
To read more about the history of the Dominican Sisters in New Zealand, click on the photograph above.