Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sisterly Happenings at Rosary Convent

“The whole Church enjoys the help of the Heavenly Doctor, 
but Dominic’s Order shines with special glory” 

(Matins Antiphon, Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas).

On the 7th March we celebrated the Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelic Doctor of the Church and famous Dominican. Saint Thomas received the Dominican Habit while quite young and studied philosophy and theology under Saint Albert the Great. He is perhaps best known for his writing of the Summa Theologica (or a summary of the Catholic Doctrine). He never studied without first praying, and is the patron of all Catholic Schools.

We celebrated Sister Mary Thomas’ feast day at Rosary Convent with an abundance of home-made pizza and a ‘Summa’ cake (compliments of talented postulant, Miss Alexandra Reis). The priests also came to join us in celebrating one of our great saints as he is also the patron of the SSPX school here in Tynong.  


The highlight of the day was the news that the long awaited permit for the building of our new convent had been approved! Our novena to St Thomas has been answered!! With this news, the building of the convent at 1 Tynong Road, on the school grounds, can finally move forward. Father Fullerton (SSPX District Superior) will be meeting with us this week, in the hope of signing the contract so the building can begin.

We are now praying a novena to Saint Joseph for funds to build the remaining portion of the convent. Thanks to the continued support of our benefactors, we have approximately enough to build one-third of the convent. 

Meanwhile, we remain in good spirits while making do with the cosy living quarters of our temporary chapel and convent arrangement, filled with our friends, the caterpillars, spiders, and the kangaroos who knock on our window (well, almost!). We were excited to receive three new cabins in January, allowing us to receive the young ladies who wish to try a Dominican vocation. Life in the cabins often demands bravery beyond the call of duty. One of the Sisters has counted 16 huntsman spiders in and around the convent in the last two months.     

We have also made some improvements to our Chapel. Sister Mary of Compassion, our Sacristan, has been working with benefactors to acquire new vestments, tabernacle veils and altar covers, beautifying the chapel for the Lenten season.

We’d finally like to thank everyone for their generosity to us with donations and prayers. We are continuously praying for our supporters and their intentions. God bless, Our Lady guide, and Saint Dominic protect!