Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Southern Star - Autumn Issue now available online!

"Do what you have to do with joy and a loving heart." 

For those of a more poetic bent, the smell of wood fires and the cheerful hum of the fireplace might betoken the warm hearth by which the Sisters gather daily - the Heart of Christ, burning furnace of charity whereby we draw graces to live truly in unity "of one mind and of one heart", as the Holy Rule of St Augustine says.

As the days grow shorter and the light glows softer each passing day of the season, let us keep our minds fixed ever on the splendor lucis aeternae, the splendour of that eternal light Who is the Son of God Himself, Who lights the lamps of heaven even while pointing our feet ever homeward to our eternal home.

Our 2nd issue of The Southern Star is now available for download. In it you will find snippets of news - of life in Rosary Convent and also in St Dominic's in Wanganui, as well as an update on our Motherhouse Building Project.

The newsletter is also available for e-subscription. If you would like to subscribe, simply drop us an email at and we will be happy to add you to our mailing list.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Sponsor a Sister for Study - and you might win a prize!

Dear Friends,
To meet our financial needs for the upcoming Semester, the Sisters at Tynong are organising a Raffle to raise the AUD 40,000 that we need to pay for tuition.

Do help us spread the word about our Dominican Raffle, which runs from now till the Feast of St Rose of Lima, 30th August 2015. On that day, three winners will be drawn from the pool of tickets at 2pm in Rosary Convent.

Each ticket costs only AUD 10. Every little bit will help us immensely - most of the young Sisters are still pursuing degrees at both the undergraduate and post-graduate levels, all as part of the process of attaining full registration to teach in our Catholic schools.

Please click on the link on the left, which will pull up a little advertisement with the details of the Raffle and how you can help us.

Thank you and may God bless you for your generosity!

Adoro Te Devote

The Feast of Corpus Christi can never be separated from St Thomas Aquinas, who is remembered with pride and joy by Dominicans as the author of the Office and Liturgy of the Feast of the Most Precious Body and Blood of Christ. The tender and childlike devotion shining through each strophe of verse is matched only by the totality of the gift that God bestows upon those who approach this Sacred Banquet.

The days following Trinity Sunday call particularly to mind the wonderful things of God – O res mirabilis – as the Panis Angelicus hymns so sublimely. Here in Tynong, the Sisters have had the extraordinary privilege of having the Feast of Corpus Christi celebrated in a grand way: a Solemn High Mass and Procession of the Blessed Sacrament across the whole span of St Thomas Aquinas College grounds was celebrated; the parish church of Corpus Christi had the 40 Hours Devotion and its attendant liturgies and devotions crowned by the First Holy Communions of 26 Year 2 boys and girls on Sunday, followed by a procession from the Church to the Convent.

For the Sisters too, Corpus Christi was a day of rejoicing – we welcomed our newest postulant, Miss Catherine Ryan, who hails from New South Wales, to our growing family. This brings the number of Sisters currently residing in Rosary Convent to the very nice prime number of 19. More Sisters may mean less room in our already very cramped Refectory and Chapel, but it also means more hands lifted up to Heaven to draw down graces from the throne of God.

Christ is to us, as He was to the disciples at Emmaus, the companion of our journey, God with us. For Dominicans especially, devotion to the Holy Eucharist is part of the very fabric of Dominican life and spirituality. Scarcely has the day begun before the bell calls us to prayer in the chapel, where we beg God’s blessing for the day while we cast ourselves upon our knees in adoration and throw, as it were, both body and soul into the worship of Uncreated Beauty.

O Sacrum Convivium… O Sacred Banquet, in which Christ is received, the memory of His Passion renewed… these are the words that spring from our lips each time we assemble in choir to offer to the Triune Godhead the sacrifice of praise, the Divine Office. Thus gathered before His Presence, we incline ourselves profoundly in adoration of the Sacred Mysteries wrought by God, acknowledging the greatness and the goodness of He Who loves us, uniting our voices with that of the angelic chorus that cry Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus unceasingly before the throne of the Divine Majesty.

Before the Tabernacle, let us enter into that darkness of Faith and into the sacred silence of the Eucharistic mystery. The little door of the Tabernacle opens into the Infinite, and the life that pulsates in the Host is that of the Heart of Jesus Christ, in Whom every prayer and work of ours both begins and ends, the sum and term of our Christian life upon this earth. The Lord of Hosts, Verbum supernum prodiens – the Word of God proceeding forth – tiny and Immaculate, descending lightly into the hands of His priest.

Adoro Te…! Such the cry of the soul who approaches the altar to receive her Lord and God, whose very marrow revolves around and is sustained by the Bread of Life Himself. Let us then go before the Golden Door – the door of the Tabernacle – and say to Him Who dwells within, “In Thee I put my trust.”

(More pictures to come soon... stay tuned!)