St Mary’s Primary School, Capetown:
160 years of Education in the Dominican Tradition
The Dominican Order was born of Dominic’s dream to see a better possibility for the people of southern France.
The Dominicans were invited to South Africa because of a Bishop’s dream to see a better possibility for the Catholic Irish immigrants of Cape Town. Bishop Thomas Grimley invited the Dominican Sisters from Cabra, Dublin, Ireland to open schools in Cape Town to educate Catholic Irish immigrants. Education, in the Dominican tradition, had its beginning when six Cabra Dominican Sisters arrived from Dublin, by boat, in Table Bay harbor, on 7th September 1863.
We celebrate jubilee because education in schools has been part of the mission of the Cabra Dominican Sisters in South Africa for these 160 years. Over these years the schools have offered an opportunity for education of excellence to learners from Catholic and other faith families wanting a Gospel value based education. The schools, now, have been placed in the very capable hands of committed lay people who are enthusiastic to continue education in the Dominican tradition. Endings turn into new beginnings. New beginnings are times of new possibilities. So the time itself is a significant frontier directing us to Jubilee celebration.
Dominic dreamed of a world freed from war and violence, winnowed of greed and falsehood, mirroring truth and goodness in every sphere of life.[Brenda Walshe OP]
In this jubilee year, we, Dominican Sisters pray for each one connected with us and we thank all those who are part of the St Mary’s community for their commitment to bring Dominic’s dream into the future and to follow the call of the Holy Spirit in responding to the challenges of today’s world:
We will only flourish as a family of preachers if we make each other strong and give each other life.
[Timothy Radcliffe OP former Master of the Order of Preachers]
Sr Francis Krige OP