About the Sisters
Our Foundress Mary MacKillop
Julian Tenison Woods
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The Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph began in Penola, South Australia in 1866. The Josephite Charism, initially articulated by Mary MacKillop and Julian Tenison Woods, has been expressed in the vowed life since this time.
The Josephite Charism, initially articulated by Mary MacKillop and Julian Tenison Woods, has been expressed in the vowed life of the Sisters since 1866.
With the passage of time, the Josephite Congregation of Sisters has spread within Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Ireland and beyond.
God continues to gift the Congregation with the Charism given to Mary MacKillop and her early companions.
As women religious, God invites us into a relationship which expresses the possibility of life lived to the full.
Through the vows we enter into right relationship with God within, with others and with our world.
Our life of consecration can mirror to the world its own potential for dealing positively with difference, negotiating fear and hurt, sharing resources and respecting the equality and dignity of all.
We are summoned, as Mary and Julian were, to set out on new pathways.
We are called afresh to explore mission and identity as consecrated women religious.
We are called to right relationship.
Vowed membership within the Sisters of St Joseph as well as other ways of making a commitment within the Josephite charism are now emerging for people. The Sisters provide opportunities and support for people to discern this movement of God in their lives.
For more details contact: Sr Katrina Brill