Many, many people join in the various ministries of the congregation as volunteers and partners in ministry. Volunteers are provided training and supervision and make a commitment to serve in a particular ministry.
Special conditions and arrangements for International and Indigenous community volunteering apply. For details of what opportunities are currently available for Aboriginal Ministry in Australia please contact Sr Alma Cabassi and for international opportunities contact Kirsty Robinson, Chief Executive Officer of Mary MacKillop International.
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Formed in 1986, JCA (Josephite Community Aid) is a Josephite community of young volunteers committed to walking with people who are poor and underprivileged. JCA is made up of young people coming together as part of a community and volunteering their time to help those in need. Some live in a basic Christian community and work full-time with people who are poor. Others have full time jobs, and volunteer on a part-time basis. There are others who live in their own homes but who also get involved in the work of the JCA.
‘All of us, regardless of where we live, support each other with prayer and friendship. We may be spread geographically, but we are bound by the spirit that is JCA. We volunteer with JCA to work with people who are poor, marginalised or powerless.'
In Partnership with Fe y Alegria School, Tarma, Peru
For many, many years the school community at Mt Saint Joseph’s Milperra have raised thousands and thousands of dollars for the Josephite mission in Peru. Each year the Yr 10 students organise a PERU DAY and on the average raise about $18,000 each year! It is really remarkable to say the least.
The partnership has been really strengthened by the visit last November/December of 2 teachers Anne Tegg and Kim Anne Walters and four students to Peru.
Each November for many years, ‘Peru Day’ has been conducted as a student Social Justice activity at Mt St Joseph (MSJ) Milperra. During the preceding weeks, the Year 10 girls (with the assistance of teachers) organise themselves into groups to choose fund-raising ideas. Their aim is to raise as much money for the Sisters of St Joseph Peru Mission as possible – better still if that is more than that of the previous year’s group! All goods/activities are donated by the group members, and for some weeks students and staff are reminded to save up for the advertised purchases. On the morning of the day, there is always much excitement outside in the campus grounds as the Year 10 students prepare “the stalls”, and inside the classrooms as the other students are involved in prayer for Peru and activities to increase their knowledge of that country and the work of the Sisters with the people there.
Since the decision was made to build a school at Tarma in Peru, the money from the annual Peru Day at MSJ has been sent directly to that project – and received with much gratitude. In 2008 one of the MSJ staff visited Peru by way of preparation for the 2009 visit which involved two staff and four senior students. Here they were able to meet some of the Peruvian people and experience something of their culture, as well as seeing for themselves the Fe y Alegria College which Peru Days have financed. Early in 2010, Peruvian Sister Maria Cecilia spent some time in Australia. When she came to MSJ she was delighted to meet again with these MSJ visitors, and to experience for herself the wonderful spirit of the whole MSJ school community: the source of finance for the Fe y Alegria College at Tarma where she taught.
For several years now KIDS CAMPS have been held in the Far North of. This is a wonderful way for young adults to become involved. The first KIDS CAMP is being held in Queensland in March 2010.
We held our wonderful camp in the pristine, at in the Hokianga, by the sea, between 18-20 December 09! Our team of 15 fearless and inspirational leaders had a tremendous time with approximately 30 local children, spoilt by the rich and loving hospitality of the local community of the Panguru Parish.
The purpose of the camp was to foster love for Te Atua (God), themselves and each other through the four MacKillop values of: an attitude of gratitude, doing your bit, making room in our hearts for all and listening to God’s call.
As well as putting the children into four teams (based on the MacKillop values), each of the sessions also focussed on deeper learning of the MacKillop values. There was a lot of fun too, with a chocolate challenge and Hokianga Top Town to channel the vibrant energy that never ran out.
I can’t say how wonderful it was to share the experience with three other Sisters, three Josephite Associates, six leaders from Our Lady’s College in Brisbane, two volunteers from Ngatea and of course with the community gathered at Mitimiti Marae. The weekend seemed to be a life changing experience for many of us, being touched by the wairua (spirit) of the land and the manaakitanga (hospitality) of the local people. The whole weekend seemed to me to be a timeless moment, supported by the prayer and good wishes of the Sisters and many others.
I hope we can now build on this experience in the future so others too can participate in this particular Mission outreach: the Mary MacKillop Kids Camp.
Kia ora (may you have life)!
The Josephite Counter-Trafficking Project (JCTP) is a Congregational Ministry that responds to the needs of people who are trafficked. Members of the JCTP are Asian women, or other women who have had long experience in Asia or in working in cross-cultural situations. They offer flexible culturally-sensitive support to women of Asian origin who have been trafficked into Australia.
To find out more about JCTP, click here
Josephite Aged Care Services provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to the frail aged and those who require extended care. This care is inspired by the gospel and the lived tradition of Mary MacKillop. It is our aim to deliver holistic care according to individual needs, keeping in mind the dignity of each person. We are particularly concerned with those who are poor and isolated in our communities.
If you are interested in volunteering in one of our aged care facilities please make direct contact with an aged care faclity in your state. To view all our aged care facilities, click here.
Mary MacKillop Care is a licensed Rest Home in Mission Bay owned by the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart. The home offers long term care to older people in a uniquely prayerful and caring environment.
The House of Bethany provides a place for families to have time away from their everyday stresses.
To find out more about either of these ministries email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Through a variety of life-giving ministries, Mary MacKillop Centres promote Mary MacKillop's life, work and spirituality. These Centres are focal points for pilgrimage, learning and growth in the spiritual dimensions of life, hospitality, prayer and pastoral concern. People who visit these Centres celebrate the story and rich heritage of Mary MacKillop and the Sisters of St Joseph.
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The Mary MacKillop Centre was established in the convent of the Sisters of St Joseph at Annerley in 1994 to promote a greater understanding of the life and work of Blessed Mary MacKillop.
Visitors to the centre are taken on a guided tour through dioramas depicting the life and times of Mary MacKillop. Life-size models, with informative soundtrack and mood lighting, lead you back in time to experience something of the courageous spirit and compassionate heart of this woman of God. A stimulating photographic display presents some fascinating additional aspects of her life. Volunteers provide a range of services to give visitors to the Centre a significant experience of Mary MacKillop’s spirit and legacy.
The Mary MacKillop Centre supports and prepares volunteers.
Phone: (07) 3848 1635