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We are at the beginning of the year dedicated to Consecrated life throughout the world. Pope Francis has invited all who are committed to this way of life to enter into the spirit of this year: to wake up the world and be witnesses to a different way of doing things, of acting and of living.

During this year, Consecrated men and women are being invited to:

  • Remember the past with gratitude
  • Embrace the future with hope
  • Live the present passionately.

We, the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, are a faith community of women, passionate about our share in God’s Mission, engaged with the challenges of consecrated life and with the call to mission in our times.

The clarity of Mary MacKillop's vision and the Year of Consecrated life impels us as Sisters to:

  • Identify and walk with those who are today's poor
  • Harness all our energies for mission
  • Have a heart for mission to our last breath

Articles on Consecrated Life

The Year of Consecrated Life - Sr Monica Cavanagh, November 21, 2014
The Year of Consecrated Life - Sr Marie McAlister, December 2, 2014


For further information please contact Sr Katrina Brill


More about the Sisters of St Joseph

We are affectionately known as the Josephites or the 'Joeys'. We are about 886 Sisters living and ministering throughout Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Peru, East Timor, Scotland and Brazil.

We were founded in Penola, South Australia in 1866 by an Australian woman Mary MacKillop, and an English priest Reverend Julian E Tenison Woods.

From the beginning we have lived among people, sharing daily life and responding to the needs of the day. Held in God’s hospitable heart we draw strength to respond to places of violence, fear and insecurity in our world, the places of incompleteness and limitation in ourselves.

As we walk as one with people and with trust in God’s Providence we listen again and again for the cry of the poor and respond revealing the hospitable heart of our God. (Ref. 25th General Chapter).

The Centre of the Congregation is the Motherhouse at Mary MacKillop Place, Mount Street North Sydney where Mary MacKillop's tomb is enshrined in the Mary MacKillop Memorial Chapel.