The MacKillop Rural Network was established to provide ongoing spiritual and pastoral support to people in communities where the Sisters of Saint Joseph have lived and ministered in Queensland.
It fosters the vision and values of Mary MacKillop as a woman who had a particular concern for rural and isolated communities and the mission of God in those areas. The membership comprises of Sisters currently living in rural and isolated communities and people from communities where Sisters have served over the years.
A bi-annual conference brings people together from various rural places in Queensland. At this conference a committee is formed to plan the next conference. As committee members can be as far apart as Chillagoe in the far north, Coppabella in the central west and Quilpie in the far south west, planning is done via teleconferences. Teleconferences are held every two months so that committee members get to know each other. As the time for conferences draws closer these teleconferences can be more frequent.
“In the Wind” is the name of the newsletter that links those who desire to be a part of the MacKillop Rural Network. This is a quarterly newsletter with news being provided by people in rural areas where it is disseminated. A segment of the newsletter has a spirituality focus.
Through the bi-annual conferences and the newsletter, links are forged across Queensland and in doing so keep the Josephite tradition alive in rural and remote places.
Page last updated October 2016