Religious Communities for Women
Chapter 18:



The Dominican Sisters of Wanganui can trace their ancestry back to St Dominic's 1206 foundation at Prouille. A convent at Galway in Ireland was founded in 1640 from Prouille. This convent founded other convents including Cabra in Dublin. From Cabra a convent was founded at Sion Hill, also in Dublin, and from Sion Hill ten Sisters came to Dunedin in 1871 to found Dominican Convents in New Zealand. In 1997 a New Zealand Dominican Sister came to Wanganui to teach in the schools run by the Society of St Pius X. In January 2002 two young ladies from Australia joined Sister in the hope that a religious congregation would be founded. On 8 December 2002 Bishop Fellay gave permission for the foundation of a Congregation with the status equivalent to a Congregation of Diocesan Right. Since then other young women have joined the Dominican Sisters of Wanganui. At present there are two professed sisters, two novices, and one postulant.

Association with Society of St Pius X:

The Dominican Sisters of Wanganui are situated in the North Island of New Zealand in the town of Wanganui where the Society of St Pius X has a Priory and Schools. The Sisters are fortunate in having the protection and help of the Priests of the Society.

Bishop Fellay with the Dominican Sisters of Wanganui  
Dominican Sisters of Wanganui

Action and Contemplation:

The life of the Sisters reflects the contemplative origins of the Congregation. The Sisters are bound to the full Divine Office in choir, two periods of meditation a day, the Rosary, and Spiritual Reading. They also teach school in St Anthony's Primary School and St Dominic's College. This combination of contemplation and action is typically Dominican and gives the Sisters a full and balanced life.

Dominican sister teaching class

Priest teaching class  
Dominican sister with students outside


Like all Dominicans the Sisters study all their lives. They do religious study, some with Mother Prioress and some with the Priests of the Society of St Pius X. They also study in order to gain the background to teach secular subjects in the school and to gain teaching qualifications.

Dominican Sisters studying

Daily Timetable:

5.30 Rise
6.00 Meditation
6.30 Lauds, Prime, Pretiosa
7.15 Mass
8.00 Breakfast
8.30 School
9.00 School or Novitiate lectures.
12.00 Spiritual Reading
12.15 Sext
1.30 School. Novitiate Duties
4.10 None
5.00 Vespers and Rosary
6.45 Matins
7.45 Recreation
8.30 Compline


Dominican Sisters of Wanganui  
Sister with nun dolls


chapel altar

Dominican Links:

The Dominican Sisters of Wanganui have an excellent relationship with the Dominicans in France, especially the Dominican Sisters of Fanjeaux from whom they receive help and encouragement. These Dominican links to other traditional groups are important to the Sisters' sense of family and also to securing books and music for the Dominican Liturgy.


Six to twelve months' postulancy.
One year novitiate
Five years' temporary profession

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The Dominican Sisters of Wanganui welcome enquiries from women interested in a Dominican Vocation. Write, email, telephone, or fax to the address below.

Mother Prioress,
St Dominic's Convent,
76 Alma Road,
New Zealand.

Phone: 00-64-6-348-0115
Fax: 00-64-6-348-0116

Dominican Sisters of Wanganui


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