A New Entity Joins the Dominican Family in Australia

A New Entity Joins the Dominican Family in Australia

At the request of the Dominican Sisters of North Adelaide, the Dominican Sisters of Eastern Australia and the Holy Cross Congregation of Dominican Sisters in Adelaide, Dominican Education Australia, of public juridic person status, was established and approved by the Vatican on 28 January 2015.

Dominican Education Australia, launched in Adelaide on 12th August, Sydney on 18th August and Melbourne on 25th August, holds responsibility for the life of six schools and an early learning Centre for children with hearing loss. 

The ministries, previously under the care of the three Dominican congregations, are:

St Mary’s College, Franklin St, Adelaide SA, R-12 school founded in 1869

St Dominic’s Priory College, North Adelaide, SA, R-12 school founded in 1884

Cabra Dominican College, Cumberland Park, Adelaide SA, 6-12 school, established in 1886

Santa Sabina College Strathfield NSW, P-12 school founded in 1894

St Lucy’s School, Wahroonga Sydney, NSW, K-6 school for children with a range of disabilities that grew out of a school for children with vision impairment, founded in 1938.

Siena College Camberwell Melbourne, VIC, a 7-12 school founded in 1940

Catherine Sullivan Centre, Strathfield NSW, an early learning centre for babies and young children with hearing loss and their families, which was established in 1969.

The Trustees of Dominican Education Australia, in collaboration with each of the incorporated Boards, will ensure the educational ministries’ catholicity, fidelity to the Dominican charism, formation of Board members, excellence in teaching and learning and financial stability. 

We thank Mrs Sue Fabian (Chair), Sr Shirley Macklin OP, Mrs Eileen Young, Sr Julianna Drobik OP, Mrs Mary Jacquier and Mr Paul Davis for their generous response in accepting leadership as the first Trustees for Dominican Education Australia.

The Congregational Leaders will be the Sponsors of DEA and have oversight of the work of the Trustees.  They are responsible for appointing the Trustees, approving their formation program, ensuring that the sale of property complies with Canon Law, and approving the Annual Report presented to the Holy See by the Trustees.

The launch of DEA marks the closing of a long chapter in Dominican history in Australia.  In the ceremony surrounding the commissioning of the Trustees, the generations of dedicated Dominican women who founded and nurtured the schools were remembered.  While this was accompanied by a certain sadness, the Sisters acknowledged the call to bequeath these works to equally dedicated lay leaders, so that the mission of the Gospel will continue to be carried out in their schools.

The six new Trustees were reminded that the Dominican charism is characterized by a vibrant preaching of the Gospel, a commitment to truth explored in dialogue, a critical appreciation of culture and cultures and a love of the beautiful.  Their goal is to foster these values, within a context of prayer and contemplation, respect for the dignity and uniqueness of each person, and the pursuit of excellence.

In the words of the Leaders of the Congregations: “You will not be alone in this exciting venture.  The empowering Spirit of Jesus of Nazareth will be with you always, the graced creativity of Dominic and Catherine will inspire you, and the courage of the women who founded our congregations will continue to sustain you as you help to shape a new Dominican future in Australia.”



(30 August 2016)