Goodbye Gippsland

After 120 years of faithful, loving service, on Tuesday 31 January, 22 sisters including Victoria-Tasmanian Regional Leader, Sr Sue McGuinness, made their way to St Joseph’s in Warragul, Victoria for a farewell from the Diocese of Sale. Sr Madeleine White’s move to Melbourne at the end of 2022 marked the end of the Josephite presence […]

Celebrating the Gift of Education

150 Years of the Sisters of Saint Joseph Education in NSW This Teacher’s Day (28 October) we come together to say ‘thank you’ and celebrate the contribution, achievements and leadership of teachers. It is an opportunity to take a moment to recognise the impact of educators in all our communities. Education is a ministry close […]

Sea Sunday 2022

Sr Mary with seafarers working on container ships and gas tankers that deliver fuel and cargo to Port Botany. “No Seafarers, No Shipping, No Shopping” With Sea Sunday approaching on 10 July, we are challenged once again to reflect on the lives of seafarers. Seafarers and fishers are critical to global trade. They toil daily […]

A shave for a cure

The World’s Greatest Shave is an annual fundraiser for the Leukemia Foundation. The money raised goes towards vital research and to giving emotional and practical support to Australian families facing blood cancer. This year is my fifth time participating in the World’s Greatest Shave and at this stage, I’ve raised $2660. Once again, I truly […]

A Venture into Missionary Work

Vanimo, Papua New Guinea 1965 Fifty-eight years ago this month, four Sisters of St Joseph from Goulburn, New South Wales set out to undertake missionary work in the far north west of Papua New Guinea. In 1960 the Franciscan bishop of Aitape asked the Passionist Fathers to take responsibility for missionary work in the north […]

Josephite Prison Ministry History

In June 1867, young Mary MacKillop and her companion, Rose Cunningham, made their very first Josephite foundation in the city of Adelaide with a view to providing a catholic education for children whose parents [were] in humble circumstances. [1] In their bags they carried a manuscript copy of the Rules of the Institute of St. Joseph […]