Turning towards life

Nau Mai Haere Mai!

The Dominican Sisters Aotearoa New Zealand are pleased to share events planned for March 2017.

We choose to be part of a turning towards life, a future we will not see but for which we sow seeds.                                     17th General Chapter      Call

We are delighted to introduce Margaret Galiardi OP & Sharon Zayac OP from USA.

With huge passion and commitment to human and eco justice they will be facilitating a number of workshops and retreats throughout New Zealand in March 2017.  Margaret has lectured nationally on ecological theology and spirituality, the “New Story and the Christian Story,” and the work of Thomas Berry.  In addition, she has created   numerous original retreats, workshops and lectures in response to expressed needs. 

Margaret served as Theological Curriculum Coordinator for the lay leadership training program of the Diocese of Rockville Center, and lived in community with undocumented persons at the Oscar Romero Inn.  She is a trained Spiritual Director and served as the Executive Director of the Spiritual Life Center in West Hartford, Ct.

Margaret spent the 2009-2010 year in silence and solitude, living with Trappist Sister-Monks in their monastery on the Lost Coast of Northern California in the Redwood Forest.  

Margaret has published two books and holds a number of positions in relation mediation and advocacy. . .

Sharon Zayac is a Dominican Sister of Springfield, Illinois.

Sharon is the Director of Jubilee Farm, her   congregation’s 111-acre center for ecology and spirituality, which lies just west of Springfield, IL.  Her book Earth Spirituality: In the Catholic and Dominican Traditions, published in 2003 by Sor Juana Press, was the first in the series Dominican Women on Earth.

Look for events in these regions and places!

Turning Towards Life: Renewing ourselves as we work for a Sustainable Planet


Where?  Mary MacKillop Hall, Mission Bay

When?   Friday 3rd March 7- 9pm

               Saturday 4th March 9-5pm

Wellington or Christchurch?

Seeds of hope: renewing ourselves
in a world of chaos



When?  Friday 17th March

                Saturday 18th March

Turning Towards Life: Renewing ourselves as we work for a Sustainable Planet


Where?   Burns Lodge at Holy Cross Centre

When?    7-9pm  Friday 24th March

                9-5pm  Saturday 25th March



When?  20th – 22nd March



When?   26th March

                27th March

We are in the midst of a cosmic shift in understanding who we are as persons, as people of faith, as a human species.

What is this newly emerging consciousness?

 What does it teach us about who we are, how we are related to the whole, and how we image Holy Mystery?

Using The Cosmic Story as our context, we find inspiration and hope as we explore and reflect upon its deeper meaning.

                              Sharon Zayac OP

In the spiritual life incapacity or unwillingness to be influenced by incoming data of any sort is the harbinger of death.

 It is the rocky soil in which the seed can develop no roots. It is the hardened heart of Meribah.

It is the refusal to open the door which allows The Guest to come in and dine with us.

 It manifests itself in petrified God images, a fixation on the trivial, and a literalizing of metaphors which leaves us confined in what is way too small.

We end up carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders because we are at war with the truth of what is.

Margaret Galiardi -Hearts Open to Receive.


Come along!  Bring your friends!

We walk in hope,

We walk in truth,

We walk together.

                                                                    Chapter Call