It gives me great joy to invite you to consider spending time with us at our retreat centres. This is an opportunity to share in our mission here at Our Lady’s Home of Compassion.

Following the mission of Jesus and in the spirit of Suzanne Aubert

we offer hospitality and support with loving concern and compassion

The spirit of Suzanne Aubert lives on in all we do:  to care with compassion / Te Rauhi I Runga I te Pūaroha 

Suzanne Aubert and the Sisters of Compassion have had our wairua (spirit) blessed and quenched by many waters, and specifically by the waters of the Whanganui River and of Wellington Harbour. Suzanne Aubert knew it was necessary to take time to pause and to reflect. She wrote to her sisters,

‘Life is a journey by road. On the way we travel the dust is thick and shade is scarce–Let us know how to select the best place to halt to bathe our eyes, to shake off the dust that covers us, and to wash our sore feet.’ Directory 175:24

Now at both Hiruhārama-Jerusalem and at Island Bay we offer retreat facilities for ‘all creeds and none’ where people can be refreshed and woven back together again both personally and with all that, and who, has meaning for them.

At Island Bay we are offering a three year retreat programme under the umbrella of Woven by Waters which begins in February 2017 with a pilgrimage to Hiruhārama, led by Sr Sue Cosgrove, and finishes for the year in December with a pilgrimage to our water source, our Heritage Centre, and to Suzanne Aubert’s resting place at our Home at Island Bay—all embraced in our infinity walk, our narrative, which is embodied in the Pikorua symbol; it refers to eternal emerging paths in life.

In between these two pilgrimages there are opportunities for evening meditations, Taizé chants, quiet days, weekend retreats and a six month sabbatical programme with a focus on spirituality here in Aotearoa. In addition, there are week long individually guided Ignation retreats with always the opportunity of people coming for a few hours, days or weeks of personal private retreat.

Visitors can join the sisters for Mass and prayer in our chapel. Contact us for the chapel timetable.

We welcome you to our Home to be quenched…



See our Compassion spirituality and retreat programme -2017