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Sisters of Compassion centenary (2nd of 3)

Sisters of Compassion centenary

Shirley Tunnicliffe and Alexis Heagney of the Sisters of Compassion load a portrait of the order's founder, French nun Suzanne Aubert, into a car. The pair were taking the portrait to Wellington's Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, where it was displayed during a mass celebrating the centenary of the Sisters of Compassion in October 1992. Aubert founded the order in 1892 at the small Māori settlement of Jerusalem on the Whanganui River. Jerusalem was later home to another type of intentional community – poet James K. Baxter's 1970s commune, which also aimed to work closely with Māori.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1992/4315/9A
Photograph by Mark Coote

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Caren Wilton, 'Communes and communities - Religious and spiritual communities', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 May 2022)

Story by Caren Wilton, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 4 Apr 2018