150 Years

Our sesquicentennial celebrations throughout 2016 honoured the foundation of the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart.

A Video Message from Sr Monica Cavanagh

(Congregational Leader)

Sesquicentenary Movie Text

During the year special events enabled all who are part of the heritage of Mary MacKillop and Julian Tenison Woods to renew their commitment to the vision of our Co-founders.

Celebrations during the year gave thanks to all our benefactors, family and friends of the Sisters of Saint Joseph who have journeyed with us since 1866:

  • to celebrate our unsung heroes who walked before us and planted the seeds of the Gospel.
  • to rejoice with our partners in mission who are listening and responding to the heartbeat of the world today, through various groups responding to the challenges of today – reaching out and  sharing our resources with others.
  • to reflect on how we listen and respond to the heartbeat of the world today.
  • to be challenged to the truth that one person can make a difference.
  • to be optimistic and open to the new relationships beyond 2016 with those who will continue the legacy of Mary MacKillop and Julian Tenison Woods.

The year was filled with gatherings for Eucharists, prayerful and reflective moments, pilgrimages, celebrations, a Justice Conference, and special launches, to be held across Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Scotland, Peru, Brazil and East Timor.

As we celebrate with gratitude, we remember Mary MacKillop’s words:“Let us be joyful and thank God.” (1874.)

Sr Brigette Sipa rsj
Sesquicentenary Coordinator

Sesquicentenary Sentiments

Media Coverage

Catholic Leader – article from Sr Monica Cavanagh

Catholic Leader – article from Sr Annette Arnold

Catholic Leader – Josephites Gather for major milestone

Cath Weekly – online and print

Sydney Catholic – Print

Naracoote Herald – Print

Catholic Religious Australia – Print

Central Western Daily – Print

Sr Susan Connolly – ABC Interview

Trent Zimmerman MP – Parliamentary Tribute Media Release

Trent Zimmerman MP – Official Speech to the Australian Parliament

Mosman Daily – Sisters Celebrate 150th Milestone


Carmen and Angel Llanco, Covenant Josephites from Peru with Sr Katrina van Ruth currently ministering in Peru. Carmen and Angel are in Australia representing the Peruvian people for the occasion of our Sesquicentenary. Carmen and Angel presented the Sisters of Saint Joseph with the beautiful Peruvian sculpture of Mary MacKillop surrounded by the Peruvian people.

The inscription reads: CON MUCHO AMOR, ANUESTRA CONGREGACION, EN SUS 150 ANNIVERSARIO. ALIANZAS Y ASOCIADOS JOSEFINOS DEL PERU, MARZO 2016 (With much love on the 150 anniversary of our Congregation, the Josephite Covenants and Associates of Peru. Marzo 2016)

Sr Monica Cavanagh with Sr Judith Lawson the current President of CLRI NSW presenting the Sisters of Saint Joseph with a beautiful bunch of flowers on behalf of all the Religious Congregations at the recent Conference for Leaders to congratulate us on our Sesquicentenary. We brought them home and placed them on the tomb of Mary MacKillop.