Sisters of Compassion

Courage—set in stone—at the Home of Compassion, Island Bay.

Courage—set in stone—at the Home of Compassion, Island Bay.

Last year I was fortunate to be approached by Craig Turvey of 3D Creative to work as the graphic designer, alongside Celeste Skachill on a very special exhibition — an exhibition that tells of the story of the Sisters of Compassion in New Zealand. It opened at the end of last year at Our Lady’s Home of Compassion, Island Bay, Wellington.

I learned so much and met wonderful people as I worked on this project — working to visually communicate the stories of others is so very rich.

An extra special project for me as my father had worked on the development of many of the buildings and chapel at the Home of Compassion, during his Structon Group era. Keeping it in the family :-)

The design process began last autumn with a very special day trip to Hiruhārama/Jerusalem, Whanganui. A place I hope to return to again and again. It felt very good there. The Sisters welcome group and individual bookings for retreats.

Jerusalem… a wonderful place for spiritual healing and an essential waypoint on any Pilgrim’s journey in New Zealand. The best way to experience is to go there.


Last week I returned to the Home of Compassion to photograph the exhibition now that it is all up and running. And I was so pleased to experience the calm that we had hoped to capture in our graphic style. It was a very peaceful hour of photographing. It feels very good knowing that our exhibition tone and style fits in so perfectly with all that the Home of Compassion encompasses. As the Sisters say, the Home of Compassion is:

“The perfect place for rest, retreat and renewal. Encounter the charism of compassion and take time out to contemplate and reflect.”

Spiritual retreat, business conference or anything in between. Book one of our fine facilities for your next event.

What an honour to work on this project.

And here is the final exhibition. If you live in Wellington or are passing through — take a pause and visit the Home of Compassion, Island Bay for a peaceful, informative, inspiring exhibition experience.

Grateful for Emily Fletcher’s involvement in the story telling and design of the beautiful Buckle Street Album.

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