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Dominican Sisters of Western Australia

"To contemplate and give to others the fruits of our contemplation."

Our Consecration in Truth


One very important aspect of the life of the Dominican Sisters of Western Australia is our sense of groundedness is the contemplation of Divine Truth, as revealed in the Word of God and the world around us. There are two important instruments which aid this Dominican way of contemplation, namely, Prayer and Study. We are encouraged by the Dominican motto: 


Contemplari et contemplata aliis tradere 

"To contemplate and to give to others the fruits of our contemplation." 


The Dominican way of life incorporates the three evangelical councils of Obedience, Poverty and Chastity, which is a further deepening of our baptismal commitment, or as our Constitutions states: 'Through our religious consecration we deepen our baptismal commitment by responding to a further call to dedicate our lives totally to God as disciples of Jesus and Dominic in the service of Truth' (3). 


Such commitment requires the sisters to listen attentively to the urgings of the Holy Spirit in order to respond faithfully to the needs of our times. Life in the Third Millennium is characterised by constant change, technological and scientific development, combined with all the challenges and pressures placed upon the global human family to maintain a strong moral and ethical life. There has been no other time in our human history when the desire to connect with Jesus Christ, who is the Way, Truth and Life, has been so great.