The land on which St Joseph’s Church and the old convent sit belongs to Māori families, the original church having been destroyed by fire in 1888. Suzanne Aubert travelled around New Zealand with another Sister collecting money to rebuild it. It was in this small settlement of houses, clustered around the Patiarero Marae, that the Sisters of Compassion came into being, formerly recognised by the Catholic Church in 1892. The church was dedicated a year later. The Sisters have been part of the local community ever since.
We traveled up from Masterton to Whanganui by bike on Sunday 22 March 2015 and met with some of the Manawatu Branch. We then road on to Jerusalem and had lunch in Ohakune where I was stung by a wasp.
Trip Video (6mins) https://youtu.be/QF2E_pNZSoE