Catholic nuns Helen Goggin (right), Teresa O'Connor (second from right) and Pauline O'Regan (third from right) of the Sisters of Mercy socialise in their garden with friends, in the 1970s. The three women left their convent in 1973, and set up a small community in a state house in the low-income Christchurch suburb of Aranui. They remained nuns, but dressed in ordinary clothes instead of traditional nuns' habits, and worked to support the Aranui community, particularly women. It was a time when some elements in the Catholic Church were changing, in response to the Second Vatican Council's call to become more relevant to the modern world.
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