I have been involved with the Sudanese community since I first found them in 1998 in the refugee flats in Auburn. At their request, I helped them set up the St Bakhita Centre in Flemington. To understand the culture more I lived in Mapuordit, South Sudan, in 2006. In 2017, John Cinya, Chaplain to the […]
“World Teachers’ Day is held annually on 5 October to celebrate all teachers around the globe.” (UNESCO) To commemorate this day, Sr Mary McDonnell interviews students and a teacher from St Justin’s Catholic Parish Primary School, Oran Park NSW in the school’s Mary MacKillop Prayer Garden. We invite you to view the interview above.
In 1902 when the Society of Saint Joseph priests (Mill Hill missionaries)  were working among the Māori people on the southern shores of Lake Taupo, they realised that a Catholic School was a necessity. They approached Mother Mary MacKillop for Sisters of Saint Joseph to staff the school. At the beginning of September 1903 […]
The Christian belief is that all people are equal in God’s sight. The Christian concept of love of neighbour is starkly different from the self-seeking competitiveness we often find in today’s world. Jesus identified with the poor and marginalised people, whereas current society often highlights the rich and powerful for adulation. Jesus advocated for a […]
Honouring the Perthville Story – Foundation Day, 16 July 1872. The most common name for a Catholic School in New South Wales (NSW) is St Joseph’s. Currently 77 (one in every eight), NSW Catholic schools bear the name of Joseph. The first St Joseph’s Catholic School in NSW was begun on 16 July 1872 in […]