Dominican Sisters of St Joseph, Sway

Merry Christmas!


From the Formation for Mission Team


May the Newborn Child make his home in you this Christmas. This year we will be very close to Bethlehem in poverty, isolation and uncertainty, like Mary and Joseph. Yet He will come, bringing with him the riches of his love, the consolation of his presence and the assurance of his mercy. May our hearts be wide open to receive Jesus our Saviour!

This Christmas...


-Watch our diocesan Carol Service

-Pray each day around the Crib with 'At the Manger through the Octave'

-Ponder Christmas and Epiphany through art

-Sign up for our online Back2Basics course on the Mass

-Encourage a reader from your parish to register for training

-Discover our new Children's Liturgy series with Redemptorist Publications

-Invite someone to join the Alpha Course led by Hook and Tadley parishes

-Join the Dominican Sisters in prayer and know they're praying with you and for you


Wishing you every blessing and grace this Christmas.

May the joy and peace of the Child Jesus fill your heart,

and may his loving presence be your strength and consolation.

With the assurance of our prayer,


Sr Hyacinthe and the Formation for Mission Team


At last the final episode of the evangelisation series!

This one considers Youth MInistry very much from the point of view of our experience of our work with the the Fanning the Flame Catholic Mission.

Click the red button below to view the episode.

If you have enjoyed this series of videos and they have been useful to you or your parish community please consider making a donation to help us with the new Apostolates which we have now started to undertake as a result of Covid restrictions.

Hopefully we can continue the work on more series in the future.With every Blessing for Christmas and a more promising Covid free New Year!

God Bless Sr Veronica OP.

Pastoral programme: Episode 5 family ministry December 6th

We have at last managed to upload this onto youtube!

We are about to acquire some better equipment soon so hopefully our work will be speeded up somewhat. Episode 6 (the final episode) Youth Ministry should be completed by 3rd Sunday Advent.

God Bless Sr Veronica

Click the red button below to link to You tube.

Scroll down for the rest of the Pastoral programme, Advent rources and a course on the Mass for January 2021

New Formation For Mission Course

Back2Basics - The Mass

This coming January, I invite you to join us for 6 sessions to refresh our understanding and deepen our love for the Mass. After lockdown, some of our friends and family, and even ourselves, may find it difficult to return to the sacramental practice of our faith. Taking time to discover or rediscover what we believe in our faith, how this is celebrated in the Mass, and how we are called to live it may be just what we need at the beginning of the year, to re-ignite our love for the Mass and find the words to encourage others to practice. Each session will end with a time of prayer. This course will be led by Sr Hyacinthe and Angela Wood.

This course will be especially helpful to catechists, readers and parents of First Holy Communion children, but it is open to everyone.

It will be taking place on Monday evenings from 7 to 9 pm, from the 11th January to the 15th February.

Click the button below to register

Dear friends,


As we begin a new Liturgical year, I want to share with you some of the wonderful initiatives that are on offer at the moment, to help us enter this new season and this new year with renewed hearts and minds, and a more loving attention to the coming of the Lord in our life, in the Church and in the world. A particular focus this year will be on the Word of God, as we continue our diocesan Year of the Word, within the God who Speaks campaign.


This Advent...


    It's not too late to obtain Jesse Trees for you, your friends and family, your local school and parish. They are free, and they provide a great way to open up Scripture for everyone during Advent.  To order your Jesse Tree resource please contact Katy via email:

Download Four Services to celebrate at home as you light the candles of your Advent Wreath. Click the button below

Read the whole Gospel of St Mark this Advent with St Mark Day by Day offered by Bishop Peter Brignall of Wrexham

Click the button below.



   Click the button below to listen to the

Living Advent Podcasts from Nottingham Diocese

    Click the button below to check the God who Speaks national website for more resources to celebrate Advent with the Word of God.

    Join the Dominican Sisters in Sway for their online Carol Service on Sunday 13th December at 3.00 pm and sing along as loud as you can! Join the Sisters afterwards for an Advent Party on Zoom.


Our talented sisters have been working very hard during this last six months of lock down building up our stocks for Christmas. Sr Lucy and Sr Catherine have built up a beautiful stock of original watercolours and calligraphy cards. In this time of lockdown when you cannot go out to do normal Christmas shopping you may find something special for Christmas here. and be able to support our community in a very special way at the same by purchasing our cards! It is not always easy to find suitable Christian cards in our increasingly secular world. We hope we can fill a gap in this area.


This episode concentrates on the words of Pope Francis who calls us to be shepherds to a "wounded humanity." In his most recent document Frattelli Tutti he also asks us in a pastoral sense to make sure that no one lives in isolation. These sentiments are so important as we enter into a long winter still suffering from the effects of the global pandemic. I hope this short video will give a resource to parishes to develop an awakened sense of compassion and hope for all who live within our parish boundaries. God Bless Sr Veronica OP, our Domincan Sisters at Sway.

1st November


VIDEOS ON EVANGELISATION: From the Dominican Sisters at Sway.

The latest video


focusses on practical ways to develop a parish pastoral Vision based on the Vision of Christ as Prophet, Priest and King!


The next episode will cover the Ministry of Compassion to the sick and marginalised., with a reflection on Suffering with Christ. and some practical pastoral thoughts which may be useful especially for Ministers of Holy Communion and such groups as SVP.

Search in YouTube for “Evangelisation - Dominican sisters of St Joseph” for previous videos.


From Sr Veronica

I have been making a series of videos which we are now uploading to our video channel on Youtube

THis latest series is about Parish mission and evangelisation.

It is aimed particularly at members of PPC's and  pastoral area EST's

Here’s the promo video:

Others will follow shortly!

The whole series of 6 comes in bite size of about 10-15 minutes each. It will look at how the idea of mission has developed since Vat II and how we can engage in the mission in our parishes and find a vision for the local parish in line with this.. It will cover areas such  youth ministry, ministry to the sick and housebound and the marginalised members of the local community as well as family and marriage.

Newest Novices - Dominican Sisters of St Joseph

Welcome to the two new novices -

Sr Marie Dominic OP and Sr Máire Cooey OP.

After spending their first year as Postulants with the Dominican community at Sway, they have entered the start of their two-year period of Noviciate. God willing, this will lead to a three-year period of temporary profession and onto their perpetual profession with the community.

Please keep in your prayer's foundress Sr Margarita OP, who is very ill at this time and also Sr Rosaleen OP who is undergoing treatment for cancer.

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Below are two of initiatives that may be of interest to your

readers and catechists:


    Our Formation for Mission is now offering diocesan Readers Workshops online. We had started offering them in parishes for the God who Speaks campaign, and had to cancel them due to Lockdown.


We’ll now be offering two sets of workshops on Zoom:


    on Saturdays 17th October (workshop 1) and 24th October (workshop 2) at 10 am

    on Saturdays 14th November (workshop 1) and 21st November (workshop 2) at 10 am


You can find a registration page for the workshops here:


As part of the training, we will be offering one-to-one online meetings to each participant to give them a chance to practice their reading. This will be organized separately, once they have attended the workshops.


    In response to a few requests, I am also offering the Catechists training on Monday evenings, at 7.30 pm, starting on the 7th September for five weeks. The registration link for the Evening Catechists course is here:



This course is certified by the diocese and offers an essential foundation for the work of catechists. It is open also for children's Liturgy leaders, parents, grandparents, church readers and ministers: for all those who wants to grow in their understanding and love of the faith.

July 2020

Although we appreciate that most churches are now allowed to open if circumstances permit, we unfortunately will NOT be able to open our chapel for private prayer/worship due to the shielding of our members.

Thank you for your understanding.

We will continue to hold you in prayer.


7:00am – Office of Readings & Morning Prayer
12:00pm – Angelus, Midday Prayer
12:15pm – Holy Mass (11am on Sunday)

5pm – Rosary & Evening Prayer
8:15pm – Adoration & Compline (7:30pm on Sundays)

Click red button below to access the above devotions


CHECK OUT: all the Sisters are doing for teaching the faith around the Diocese, especially in the Formation for Mission programme. Go on to their website and click the APOSTOLATE tab and follow the links.

There are programmes and courses you can follow on line.

The Prayer and Listening Service


Prayer and listening to God is a vital part of our everyday life, but sometimes it is difficult to pray when we are exhausted or in stressful situations or by ourselves. 

The diocese has created a team with experience in both praying with others and in spiritual listening, All of the volunteers are trained in this service and have been through the essential safeguarding training and other requirements.


We are offering a service where people fill in a short form on the diocese website requesting a phone call, of 10 - 15 minutes usually.

Additionally, we are asking key workers if they would like to give us their name and work place and we will pray for them by name each day.




Prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy


Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

20th May


Dear Friends,


Greetings from the New Forest!


‘I am with you always.’

We're about to enter the great time of prayer of the Church between Ascension and Pentecost, the original 'novena', 9 days of prayer. We join the disciples gathered together with Mary Mother of the Church, and wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Our continuing - albeit lighter - lockdown, the new reality of life with Covid-19, and especially the still very painful physical separation from the sacraments and our Church community can be received now as an opportunity to experience the 'self-lockdown' of the Apostles and Mary in the Upper Room,. We can understand their fear, their prayer, and their total dependency on the promise of Jesus. They too had a very strange time of deep isolation, even while they were together. Jesus had gone up to the Father and the Holy Spirit hadn't yet come. All they had was the promise of the Lord: 'I am with you always.' We can feel very much like them in our own upper rooms, whether physical or spiritual - the upper rooms of our hearts.

So let's hold on to the words of Jesus our Saviour: 'I am with you always.'


A time of Prayer

This time is given to us by the Church to experience a fresh thirst for the Holy Spirit, and to persevere in faith, holding on to the promise of the Lord. To do this, here are a few things you may be interested in:


    Thy Kingdom Come - a global, ecumenical novena: Join the global wave of prayer calling all Christians to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know the love and peace of Jesus Christ. May 21st - May 31st 2020

    Inflamed and Empowered: Pentecost in Scripture - explore the Holy Spirit in Scripture to prepare for Pentecost with Scott Hahn, John Bergsma, and Curtis Mitch

    The God who Speaks - Discover the resources offered by the national campaign for the Year of the Word: explore Ascension and Pentecost in Art, make a Dove from Above to hang next to your NHS rainbow, and join the novena led by Bishop Peter Brignall from Wrexham diocese

    The National Rosary Rally is taking place on Pentecost Sunday. We who are in Portsmouth Diocese can join in wherever we are, at noon on that day.


These nine days will also be a time of prayer for the us Dominican Sisters, and we will have our annual silent retreat from Ascension to Pentecost. During that time, there will be


    NO WEDNESDAY WEBINAR ON THE 27th MAY (but you'll be able to listen to the podcast for Pentecost here)

    NO DAILY LECTIO DIVINA FROM ASCENSION TO PENTECOST. The daily Lectio will resume on Monday 1st June. 


However, you can still join us for the celebration of the Divine Office, Mass, the rosary and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament each day.


Year of the Word Update

More than ever, it is time to turn to God's Word for strength and guidance in these difficult times. Our team had been planning a Year of the Word Pilgrimage to Winchester Cathedral, home of the Winchester Bible, for September 2020. This event has now been postponed to the 26-27th June 2021.  We hope we'll be able to go ahead and celebrate the gift of God's Word in Scripture in this important ecumenical event, to which you are all invited.


In the meantime, check our diocesan media page to celebrate the God who Speaks by listening to podcasts and joining our weekly webinar.


During these times of renewed reliance on the promise of the Gift of his Spirit, we pray that we may remain filled with the joy and hope of the Gospel.


May this joy and hope, signs of the presence of the Holy Spirit, continue to fill our hearts, confident in the victory of Christ!


With the assurance of my prayers, and wishing you every blessing,

Sr Hyacinthe, OP