A Down Under Dominican Blog

Mornin' Mates! A Dominican Friar down under has a blog! Go to Dominicanus and find out how to stuff and roast a duck—among other things.

The continent of Australia as the unfortunate distinction of being the only one in the world without a Monastery of Dominican Nuns.

We've got to do something about this!

The Dominican Order is never complete in a location that doesn't have all the branches of the Dominican Family together and this is especially so if the Nuns, the "partners" with the Friars in the work of the Holy Preaching are absent.

So, if you are a young woman "down there", think about "coming up here" and eventually, if there are enough of you, we'll go back "down there" and begin the adventure of a community "free for God alone" as our constitutions express it. A community that is "rooted in the love of God", a community at the Heart of the Holy Preaching.

Mindful of the first nuns whom the blessed Dominic established in the monastery of Prouille at the heart of the "Holy Preaching", the nuns, while living together in harmony, follow Jesus as he withdrew into solitude to pray. In this way, they are a sign of that blessed city Jerusalem which the brethren build up by their preaching. In the cloister the nuns devote themselves totally to God and perpetuate that singular gift which the blessed Father had of bearing sinners, the down-trodden, and the afflicted in the inmost sanctuary of his compassion.

From the Constitutions of the Nuns of the Order of Preachers