Slavery exists today in Australia. Can we make a difference?

Child Labour in Bandung, Indonesia

Slavery exists today. This is not in some faraway place but in our very own backyard.

Human trafficking or modern-day slavery is the third largest criminal industry in the world. Women, children and men are brought into Australia under false pretences, many ending up in forced labour, debt bondage, domestic and sexual servitude and forced marriage

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Celebrating the Bicentenary of Peru’s Independence

Traditional Andean dance fiesta in Cusco, Peru

Two hundred years ago, on 28 July 1821, Peru proclaimed its independence from Spain. I would like to remember hundreds of anonymous women and men from the different social environments of the peoples of Peru who awaited independence from the Spanish crown.

They engaged in a hopeful struggle for freedom and equal rights that was not entirely achieved.

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NAIDOC Week 2021: Spotlight on Ministry – Sr Michele Madigan

Members of the Josephite SA Reconciliation Circle. Celebrating NAIDOC Week with Kaurna Ngarungga Elder Joan Lamont.

Michele Madigan is a Sister of Saint Joseph who has been involved with Aboriginal people in South Australia for about 40 years.

She has ministered in Port Adelaide, in the bush, and most recently has worked in the Murraylands, East of Adelaide for nearly 20 years.

Sr Michele is also involved with the SA Reconciliation Circle, an ecumenical initiative of the Sisters of Saint Joseph that has promoted reconciliation with First Nations people for 17 years.

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NAIDOC Week 2021: The SOSJ Reconciliation Action Plan Journey

National NAIDOC Week 2021 poster

This year’s NAIDOC week theme, “Heal Country”, encourages us to take practical action to “properly work towards redressing historical injustice”.

Over the last year the Sisters of Saint Joseph have taken a further step forward by developing a Reconciliation Action Plan, using Reconciliation Australia’s framework.

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What Would Fr Julian Say About Climate Change?

What would Fr Julian Tenison Woods have to say about climate change? Sr Josephine Mitchell imagines an interview with the scientist, priest and Josephite co-founder on the “MJ Media Network”…

Interviewer: It is my great pleasure today to welcome to the program, a remarkable man who needs very little introduction, Father Julian Tenison Woods.

A zealous priest, a committed educator and a well-respected scientist, Fr Julian is probably best known as being the co-founder of the Sisters of Saint Joseph with Mary MacKillop, established in 1866 for the education of poor children. Thank you for joining us, Fr Julian.

JTW: I am very pleased to be with you.

IV: As a scientist, would you share your views on a matter of deep concern to us today – the climate emergency confronting our world?

JTW: Yes. I have been following the discussion among eminent scientists with great interest and I must say I find the situation deeply concerning.

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New Publication—Journeying With Joseph: Josephite Essays for the Year of St Joseph

Sr Mary Cresp at the Kensington launch of Journeying With Joseph

In response to the proclamation by Pope Francis of 2021 as the Year of Saint Joseph, the Sisters of Saint Joseph have published a new book of essays: Journeying with Joseph: Josephite Essays for the Year of Saint Joseph.

The collection, edited by Sr Mary Cresp and published by ATF Press, explores the many facets of Josephite spirituality, including eco-spirituality, Indigenous approaches to the Gospel, and Saint Joseph the “just man”.

Journeying with Joseph was launched on June 13 at Kensington, SA. A planned launch at Baulkham Hills in Sydney was cancelled due to the COVID-19 lockdown, and was instead held via Zoom on June 29.

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Mary MacKillop, an Example of Compassion

Photo by Andrew Moca.

More than ever the poor of this world, as well as the rich and famous, suffer from a hunger of some kind.  

The words and actions of Jesus, often accompanied by miraculous results, are signposts for our Christian lives. 

The recent biblical reading of the story of the raising of the daughter of Jairus opens up a deeply human Jesus who tells the family to give her something to eat. (Luke 8: 55)

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Port Augusta celebrates 150 years of Education in the Josephite Tradition

Back from left, Sisters Colleen Roberts, Kerry Keenan, Josephine Dubiel, Kenise Neill, Margaret Kenny, Fr Arno Vermeeren, Emeritus Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ, Bishop Karol Kulczycki SDS, Fr Jim Monaghan, Sisters Mary Cresp, Sue McGovern, Maria Hennekam and Chris Schwerdt; front, Sisters Brigette Sipa (Regional Leader), Helen Duke, Monica Cavanagh (Congregational Leader), Joan Evans, Elizabeth Morris, Margaret Cresp, Maryellen Thomas, Hun Do, Sheila McCreanor and Kateri Duke.

A steamer from Port Adelaide berthed at the Port Augusta wharf on Saturday 15 May 1871.

Among the passengers to disembark were three women, all dressed in the same brown garb.

The new arrivals were Sisters Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Angelica Greene and Angela Crugen.

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