A Festival of Compassion

in South Wellington

Join in our weekend of events exploring the life and work of Mother Suzanne Aubert, New Zealand and Island Bay icon!

Suzanne Aubert (1835 – 1926) devoted her life to helping others. Her work took her from France to the Whanganui River and finally to Island Bay in Wellington. Along the way she founded a new Catholic congregation, cared for children and the sick, and documented her work in Māori, English and French.

Mother Aubert founded the religious order ‘Daughters of Our Lady of Compassion’ in 1892. She later started two hospitals in Wellington: St Joseph’s Home for the Incurables in 1900, and Our Lady’s Home of Compassion in 1907. The Soup Kitchen she started in Tory St continues its service today.

Suzanne Aubert is a true Kiwi icon of compassion. Get to know her – follow this link.
What is the Compassion Soup Kitchen (the focus charity for this festival), started by Suzanne Aubert? Click here.

                         FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

“For Compassion’s Sake”   Art exhibition

Showcasing the artistic vision of Compassion in 2D and 3D media. Visit the website of curator Ian Logan. Entry form.
Presbyterian lounge, 88 The Parade
Official opening: Sun 30 Sept 4pm. Until Sunday 7th Oct.

Festival Opening: Taize  reflective service

Simple words and music provide a space to be with God. Home of Compassion, 2 Rhine St
Fri 5 Oct          7-8pm


A feast of fun, craft, cooking, food, art and learning activities for under 12s! Grandparents/carers: bring the small ones along but please stay to supervise.
Presbyterian Centre, 88 The Parade.    More info here.
Sat 6 Oct          10am-2pm

“Small steps in big shoes” – Children’s tour of Home of Compassion

Walk up from the church with trolleys and food donations to the Home. Be guided through a Mother Aubert ‘experience’.
Sat 6 Oct          Leave the Presbyterian church 2.10pm; tour at 2.45-4pm

“Suzanne’s Island Bay” (more info)

Mother Aubert knew her local community inside out. Take a fascinating 1900’s virtual trip with the Historical Society. Baptist church, 284 The Parade
Sat 6 Oct          5pm 

Pop-up Soup Kitchen!        (more info)

Come for a cup of soup – or two. Koha invited – coins or a can of food for the actual Soup Kitchen on Tory St, founded by Suzanne Aubert. Baptist church, 284 The Parade.
Sat 6 Oct          6pm

Splendid Drop        (more info)

A night of beer tasting, local historical narrative, and live music. Saturday 6th October, 7:30PM at St Hilda’s. Taste your way through a variety of six home brewed beers that tell a local story. Entrance is $25 and a can for a Wellington charity. Buy tickets at: www.eventfinda.co.nz/2018/splendid-drop/wellington   St Hilda’s Anglican church, 311 The Parade.

Sat 6 Oct           7.30pm

Combined Church Service

Contemporary combined worship service, celebrating the life and legacy of Suzanne Aubert.
Presbyterian church
Sun 7 Oct           10am

Compassion Mass

Sunday mass, celebrating the legacy of Suzanne Aubert with Cardinal John Dew.
St Frances de Sales Church, 11 Mersey St.
Sun 7 Oct          10:30am

Native Tonics Workshop

Make curatives from local flora, as found in M. Aubert’s kete! Ever wondered how rongoā (traditional Maori medicines) are made? Join our fun field experience and learn how to identify, harvest, prepare and use native plants. Limited spaces. Email to register.
Tapu Te Ranga Marae
Sun 7 Oct     2 -4pm

What’s Compassion got to do with running a Country?

A symposium with politicians and theologians – featuring Hon. Paul Eagle, Hon. Cris Finlayson, Prof Chris Marshall, Janna Dennison and Sister Catherine Hannan. More information.
Home of Compassion
Sun 7 Oct          7.30pm

Programme details will be added as they confirm. For more information contact Festival coordinator Rev. Nathan Parry, 021 040 8323.

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Sunday Services, 10am:

Sept 2nd:    Nathan is preaching; the Ensemble is playing
Sept 9th:    Nathan is preaching; the Band will be playing