The Niland Conference Centre is administered by the Dominican Sisters to promote and support Christian Spirituality, Education and Formation.
The Niland Conference Centre at Rosary Priory was purpose-built in 1997 to celebrate the centenary of the foundation of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena, of Newcastle, Natal, South Africa by Mother Rose Niland. Mother Rose’s life-long commitment was the education of the young and the formation of the young and her Sisters in the Catholic Faith. She acquired the property here at Rosary Priory in 1926 and continued her mission of building Catholic schools.
The vision of the Sisters was, and remains, to use the Centre as a heart of our preaching and teaching the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ, in our time and society. Nearly twenty years on, this remains our priority. The Niland Centre is still administered and run by the Dominican Sisters to promote and support Christian Spirituality, Education and Formation.
A mainstay of our ministry in the Centre is hospitality—welcoming groups from various walks of life, of different faiths and no faiths, and providing them with space and facilities for their various types of meetings. Perhaps the greatest treasure we offer is tranquillity, a tranquillity that comes from the prayers of the Sisters over the years and decades. We are truly a sanctuary from the pressures of everyday where, regardless of the nature of your meeting, you will find your spirit nourished. Without exception, every person who passes through the gates into the grounds on his or her way to a meeting, a course, or a retreat, experiences the peace of the property and is refreshed.