Pauline O’Regan has been a Sister of Mercy for the past 70 years. She recently celebrated her 90th birthday. She began writing at the age of 60 and has had the good fortune to be associated with Bridget Williams as her publisher since 1986. It has been a very happy and fruitful association which Pauline values enormously.
Pauline was a secondary school teacher for some 30 years. She was Principal of Villa Maria College in Christchurch for 17 years. She resigned from that position to go with two other Sisters to live in a poorer suburb of Christchurch to work in the community. One of the goals of her community was to train local women to become leaders in their own area.
The book she wrote in partnership with Sister Teresa O’Connor, entitled, Community – Give it a Go! has been widely used ever since by community workers all over New Zealand. It was later turned into a workbook under the title, I Can Change Anything ̶ But Not On My Own. Her book, There is Hope for a Tree is a clear-eyed challenge to the Catholic Church from one on the inside.
Miles to Go (Penguin Books, 2004)
Parish: For the People in in the Pews, co-authored by Kevin Burns (Glanmire Publishing, 2000)
There is Hope for a Tree (Bridget Williams Books and Auckland University Press, 1995)
I Can Change Anything (But Not On My Own), co-written with Teresa O’Connor (Glanmire Publishing, 1992)
Aunts and Windmills (Bridget Williams Books, 1991)
Community – Give it a Go!, co-written with Teresa O’Connor (Allen & Unwin/Port Nicholson Press, 1989)
A Changing Order (Allen & Unwin/Port Nicholson Press, 1986)