Dominican Sisters of Wanganui, NZ, expanding


Fully-habited Dominican Sisters founded from Ireland seek funds to expand their convent.

Apparently, only young vocations are accepted. If attracted, persevere in seeking admission.


There are lovely pictures on their website and their newsletter is delightful; thank you for sharing. Any discerners should note, however, that this is a traditional congregation ministered to by the SSPX. Those interested may take heart in the fact that several years back the Vatican gave its approval for the transfer of a nun to the congregation…

*“On 28 May 2011 Father Couture, the District Superior, came to visit our Convent. He had been delegated by Bishop Fellay to receive the vows of Mother Mary Micaela as she transferred from the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of New Zealand to the Dominican Sisters of Wanganui.”

“She had special permission from the Congregation for Religious and Secular Institutes in Rome to do this. As far as we know this is a world first, that a Sister would be allowed to transfer from a Novus Ordo congregation to a congregation set up by Bishop Fellay. The whole procedure implies a recognition of our Congregation, and of the religious of Tradition, by Rome.”*

…but evidently all of the present uncertainties over the Society’s “canonical irregularity” still apply, and must be carefully weighed by the discerner.


Happy to see Dominicans doing well, but sadly they are in irregular standing.

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