Closing Mass for New South Wales Region Sesquicentenary

The quotes by Mary MacKillop, “Gratitude is the memory of the heart” (1907) and “We have much for which to be thankful” (1873) were the mantras from the Litany of Gratitude spoken by all at Mass on Saturday 15 July, marking the conclusion of celebrations during our Sesquicentenary year. The Mary MacKillop Memorial Chapel, located […]

Connecting with Josephite Schools in the Bathurst Diocese

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Sisters of Saint Joseph in NSW, members of the Perthville Convent Heritage Committee have been visiting schools in the Bathurst Diocese founded by the Congregation. The primary schools were very interested in re-connecting with their Josephite charism. Sr Alice Sullivan and Sr Maureen Sanderson were the anchor in the […]

150 Years in NSW: We Remember, We Reflect, We Give Thanks

In this our sesquicentenary year of the arrival in New South Wales of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart, we offer this meditation. November is the month of All Saints and All Souls so, in our Josephite story, this is our special focus: We Remember, We Reflect, We Give Thanks Take time […]

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 […]

Josephite Convents in New South Wales

As part of the continuing celebration of the Sesquicentenary of the arrival of the first Sisters of Saint Joseph in New South Wales, we are highlighting some historic photos from our collection. These are presented under the banner of our beautiful Sesquicentenary logo which symbolises the coast, the mountains and the plains of our large […]

The Foundations of the Josephite Charism across NSW

Our First Three Seedbeds The story of the presence of the Sisters of Saint Joseph in New South Wales (NSW) grew from three distinct seedbeds – with the planting of the Josephite charism by our pioneering Sisters. These small seedbeds were planted with love, grew out of the soil of trust in God’s Providence and […]

Looking forward to the next 150 years at Perthville

The Sisters of Saint Joseph marked the 150th anniversary of when the first Sisters of Saint Joseph arrived in Perthville to begin ministry in New South Wales on 16 July 2022. The first community of sisters, Teresa MacDonald, Joseph Dwyer and Hyacinth Quinlan, and an enquirer, Ada Braham, arrived at Perthville near Bathurst at the […]

Sesquicentenary of the NSW Sisters of Saint Joseph 2022

This July, the Sisters of Saint Joseph will celebrate 150 years of the Congregation’s presence in NSW since their arrival in Perthville in 1872. The Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph was founded by Mary MacKillop and Father Julian Tenison Woods in 1866 in Penola, South Australia. The first ministry of the Congregation was […]