About the Sisters
Our Foundress Mary MacKillop
Julian Tenison Woods
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The Sisters of St Joseph continue their involvement in Catholic Education in Australia and New Zealand. The charism of the Josephites lives on in our Primary Schools, High Schools and beyond. Mary’s vision of a just world is embodied in the advocacy actions undertaken in our schools and the continued youth involvement of past students of Josephite schools.
JJAMM is a secondary school leadership gathering that takes place annually for schools sharing the spirit of Mary MacKillop and Julian Tenison Woods, the co- founders of the Sisters of St Joseph.
This five day gathering helps School Leaders explore the nature of leadership using Mary MacKillop, Julian Tenison Woods and Joseph as role models. Participants seek to foster the Josephite spirit in their school communities.
Leaders and their mentor teacher are encouraged to reflect on the qualities of good leadership, talents they have to offer to the position and how to use these talents to benefit their school communities and the boarder community.
Leaders spend time exploring issues of injustice, planning and sharing ideas to help raise awareness around these issues and then advocate for those pushed to the edges of our society. Such actions are then taken back to school communities. In this way leaders become a vital link, connecting the present-day work of the Sisters and the school community. So the school becomes a support network for the Sisters and their quest to reach out to those in need.
The JJAMM experience was established in 2004. It’s popularity is testament to the efficacy of this gathering.
Truly the most empowering, inspirational and liberating experience I have EVER encountered.
I am going back with so many ideas and memories that I will cherish always.
(Student evaluation 2016)
This comprises of a group of young school leavers who wish to stay connected with the Josephite Sisters and their work.
JJAMMers have participated in mentoring young school leaders, volunteer work to support the Sisters, organising workshops to raise awareness around injustice and being a young voice representing the Sisters and Josephite youth.
Busy students and workers stay connected and informed through Facebook.
Inspired by Mary MacKillop and Julian Tenison Woods, primary school students are capable of making a big difference within the life of their school and wider communities.
'Mary MacKillop Groups' or 'Junior Joeys' have been established in many primary schools in recent years. These groups have their origins in schools which have a 'Josephite tradition'. However, as St Mary MacKillop is a saint for all of us, all schools - primary and secondary - are invited and welcome to form a Mary MacKillop or Junior Joeys' group!
'Never see a need without doing something about it...' Mary MacKillop
Interested in starting a group at your school? Download a FREE teacher's resource/start-up kit:
Download - FREE Teacher's resource/start-up kit (PDF)
Page last updated March 2017