Associates and Scripture Group

"How does an eighty year old Dominican Sister carry out her mission?!

For me I find many things to fill my day: Dominican Associates, Scripture reflection group, visiting our elderly Sisters in the nursing homes and visiting people in the parish."


Our Dominican Associates in Newcastle meet each month and I co-ordinate the meeting. At the moment we are using Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium for the monthly discussions and all of us, Sisters and Associates, are learning much as we slowly work our way through the document. The Group also has an annual prayer day in December each year, usually based on the Advent Scriptures.

A group of ladies gather in my unit to reflect on the Sunday Scriptures. The participants agree that this preparation makes the weekend liturgy much more meaningful for each of us. The meeting always begins with a sharing of what each one heard from the priest at the weekend before, and of late we are thinking that perhaps it would be an idea to share with him some of our reflection!

Visiting our Sisters in the Nursing homes is always a joy for me. One Sister who has dementia loves to play cards; it is something she has done since childhood, and as I also like to play cards, we enjoy a game each visit.

Many people in the parish are lonely, worried or just like to have a listening ear. As I am “a people person” this meeting of persons is both enriching for me as well as those I visit. As Pope Francis tells us in Evangelii Gaudium: “No one saved is by himself or herself, individually, or by his or her own efforts. God attracts us by taking into account the complex interweaving of personal relationships entailed in the life of a human community.” (article 113)

Sr Ann OP