The Sisters of Compassion, also known as the Daughters of Our Lady of Compassion, was founded by Suzanne Aubert at Jerusalem – Hiruhārama on the Whanganui River in 1892.
For more than a century the sisters have taught, nursed, and provided homes for children, the sick and the elderly in New Zealand and the South Pacific.
We follow the Mission of Jesus in the Spirit of our Founder Suzanne Aubert. We are committed to supporting those of all creeds and none.
The sisters are committed to delivering “compassionate care” throughout the community by providing meals, food, and basic needs to those who have very little, caring for the elderly, and providing individual and family support. We seek to bring dignity to the lives of the aged, the powerless and the poor.
The sisters and the staff and volunteers they inspire provide compassionate care in four main centres in New Zealand:
– In Island Bay, Our Lady’s Home of Compassion is our congregation’s main office as well as being a conference and retreat centre. It is also home to the Suzanne Aubert Heritage Centre.
– In Wellington City, the Compassion Centre includes the city’s soup kitchen.
– In Heretaunga, St Joseph’s Home of Compassion rest home and hospital is a care facility for elderly people, which also caters for people with dementia.
– In Upper Hutt and Levin, Compassion Housing provides houses for elderly people at a discounted rate.
– The sisters also run the Chanel Home of Compassion in Fiji for the elderly and those with disabilities.
We are here to journey with you.