Our Mission

The congregation of the Dominican Sisters of St Joseph contributes to the mission of the Order of Preachers by preaching and teaching the Catholic Faith, in communion with and under the supervision of the hierarchy of the Catholic Church.

The sisters’ apostolate of explicit proclamation of the Gospel flows from a common life of prayer, study and monastic observances, centred on the liturgical celebration of the mystery of Christ.

This preaching and teaching apostolate is wide-ranging, aimed at people of every age, at every level of faith development, in every circumstance, using every possible means, for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.

Heritage of Prayer

Liturgical prayer is the heart of our life.

Each day the Sisters chant the Divine Office in community, which includes Matins (on specific Dominican feasts & solemnities), Lauds, Sext, Vespers, and Compline.

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the very centre of our day (noon) from which all our actions tend towards and flow from.

Heritage of Sacred Study

Each sister has two hours every weekday of individual theological study.

Throughout the year all Sisters participate in community study weeks.

For those in initial formation, there are additional classes given in house.

Heritage of Community

Striving to be of “one heart and one mind in Christ” (Rule of St Augustine) in imitation of the early Church of the Apostles and the early Dominicans, the Sisters hold all things in common:

  • common table
  • common apostolate
  • common purse, and
  • common way of life, including daily recreation

Heritage of Mission

Wholly dependent upon Divine Providence and in fidelity to the lived mendicant tradition of the early Dominicans, we do not hold salaried jobs nor engage in full-time employment through educational and/or health institutions.

The Sisters are committed to the explicit preaching and teaching of the Gospel using every possible means to people of all ages and circumstances, and all levels of faith development for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.

Meet Our Sisters

Sr Julie Marsh-Collis, O.P.
Sr Julie Marsh-Collis, O.P.Prioress
Sr. Mary Benedicta Obiora, O.P.
Sr. Mary Benedicta Obiora, O.P.Sub-Prioress & Novice Mistress
Sr. Margarita Schwind, O.P.
Sr. Margarita Schwind, O.P.Foundress
Sr Rosaleen Shaw, O.P.
Sr Rosaleen Shaw, O.P.
Sr Michelle Hawkes, O.P.
Sr Michelle Hawkes, O.P.
Sr Veronica Brennan, O.P.
Sr Veronica Brennan, O.P.
Sr. Hyacinthe Defos du Rau, O.P.
Sr. Hyacinthe Defos du Rau, O.P.
Sr Catherine Bloom, O.P.
Sr Catherine Bloom, O.P.Vocation Director
Sr. Carino Hodder, O.P.
Sr. Carino Hodder, O.P.
Sr Lucy Cahill
Sr Lucy CahillNovice
Sr Dominic Buckley
Sr Dominic BuckleyNovice
Sr Cooey Fowler
Sr Cooey FowlerNovice




In every age consecrated men and women must continue to be images of Christ the Lord, fostering through prayer a profound communion of mind with him.

Vita Consecrata

 Already dedicated to Him through Baptism, the person who surrenders themself to the God they love above all else thereby consecrates themselves more intimately to God’s service and to the good of the church.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

“We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures; we are the sum of the Father’s love for us and our real capacity to become the image of His Son.”

cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

Pope St. John Paul II

Behold, I stand at the door and knock;
if any one hears my voice and opens the door,
I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

Revelation 3:20