Our Congregation

Around 1206, in the south of France, at Prouilhe, not far from Toulouse, a gospel-inspired family of priests, nuns and lay people gathered around Bishop Diego and his canon, Dominic.

 

They lived by the pattern set by the first Christians: in community, praying together, sharing the message of the life of Jesus and caring for one another. They preached Jesus by the way in which they lived their lives, as well as their proclamation of the Word of God at every opportunity. What follows is the way through which we try to live out this charism today in our world.

Dominican Sisters of Eastern Australia

Today, our Sisters number approximately 100. They live in community clusters in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Newcastle, Maitland and Wallangarra.

 
Former Prioresses and Vicaresses with current Prioress, Sr Judith.

Our ministries include involvement in secondary, tertiary and special education; administration and research; country and city parish ministry; RCIA; Interfaith Dialogue; spiritual direction; pastoral care, counselling and welfare; working among aboriginal and migrant communities; with the materially poor; with those who have a physical or intellectual disability; who are drug or alcohol dependent; homeless or in prison; and with asylum seekers and refugees.

Our Sisters are supported by Associates – lay men and women who wish to be part of the Dominican story – and join with us in prayer and faith sharing.

Holy Rosary Vicariate, Solomon Islands

Today, approximately 35 Sisters, who are citizens of the Solomon Islands are an important part of the Congregation’s membership. These Sisters live and work among the people of Gizo, Loga, Wagina, Moli, Nila, Sirovanga, Vanga, Auki, Visale, Tenaru and Honiara. 

Sr Judith (Prioress) with Vicariate Team

Their ministries include teaching, nursing, pastoral care, counselling and welfare, parish work, catechetics and youth work.

The Federation of Dominican Sisters in Oceania

Five congregations of Dominican Sisters form the Federation:

Representatives of these Congregations meet annually to discuss matters of common interest, and help support the mission in the Solomon Islands. The Provincial of the Dominican Friars  also attends these meetings.

Representatives of the Federation of Dominican Sisters - meeting in Adelaide
 

 Dominican Associates

The Dominican Associates give expression to a new way of belonging to the Congregation of Dominican Sisters by understanding the charism of Dominic and sharing the spirit that binds us together. Associates are connected with the Congregation in an informal way.

Dominican Associates are affiliated to the Dominican Family through their relationship with the Congregation of Dominican Sisters of Eastern Australia. Associates are different to other groups because they ‘belong’ with a host congregation. Each group/congregation deals with the entity differently.

Associate groups gather for:

  • Prayer
  • Ways of developing faith
  • Celebrating
  • Nurturing both Sisters and Associates for their ministry to others.

Newcastle Associates
Keep in mind that each of you has your own vineyard, but this is joined to your neighbours’ vineyards without any dividing lines, so that you cannot do good or evil for yourself without doing the same for your neighbours.                                    Dialogue of Catherine of Siena

Contact: Dominican Associates