The first home of the Clayton community was part of a project of Fr Julian Cavarzan SDB and the Italian community at Clayton. They built the Dominic Savio Early Learning Centre including the convent in 1977 and invited the Salesian Sisters to take charge of it. In 1985 a new convent was built next door by the Sisters. From 2019 the community members have the following ministries: chaplaincy at university, province administration, and voluntary teaching at primary school.
Sr Edna Mary McDonald is the Vice Provincial of the Province, working with the Provincial and other Sisters to provide leadership service to the Province. With many years in provincial leadership, she continues to bring much wisdom and experience to help guide the province.
Chaplaincy at University of Melbourne
Sr Delma Lamb is a chaplain to overseas students at Melbourne University. Being far away from home, these students have particular spiritual needs. Sr Delma has done many things to help meet these needs. Some of the activities and services provided are:
Support student group COSDU. Each Friday this group gathers to celebrate the Eucharist or have sessions on various topics of faith and life
Build a sense of community on campus
Offer opportunities for prayer
Conduct discussion groups in areas of particular interest (for e.g. faith issues, biblical study, religion and sexuality, feminist issues)
Be available and provide individual counselling, spiritual direction, and mentoring
Sr Olga D'Cruz works as a volunteer teacher in the parish primary school.