Mary MacKillop received revised Constitutions in Rome – 150th Anniversary

Mary MacKillop 1869.

We commemorate the 150th anniversary of when Mary MacKillop received the revised Constitutions of the Institute (Sisters of Saint Joseph) in Rome on 21 April 1874.

In October 1867, Fr Julian Tenison Woods drafted the original Rules of the Institute of St Joseph, with the subtitle, for the Catholic Education of Poor Children. This was approved By Bishop L B Sheil, Bishop of Adelaide on 17 December 1868.

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Easter Message 2024

Let us rejoice and be glad for on this Easter day, we believe with all our hearts that Jesus is risen, is alive, and is active among us. The Risen Christ is present to us in the many encounters of every day as well as in the wonder and heartache present in so many realities in our world.

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Easter Reflections 2024

We share with you three reflections for Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday provided by Sr Michele Shipperley rsj.

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Recycling Soft Plastics in ANZ

Mt St Joseph Sisters in Whanganui Aotearoa New Zealand (ANZ) and staff have a long history of working to minimise waste – from large compost bins for all garden waste, to the well-established worm farm which recycles paper that comes from the office and house staff. Both have been in use since being set up in 2006. A recent visitor who sells vermicast (worm castings) was pleased to see the wormery still working well.

Whanganui City Council has its own re-cycling station. The Mt St Joseph maintenance staff member, Aroha, visits this re-cycling station each week with glass, plastics of most varieties, tins, newspaper, and cardboard.

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Saving the world one quilt at a time

Showing Off

Sr Helen, a Sister of Saint Joseph, shares her story.

It was in the 1970s during my time in Woomera I first became aware of the ‘throw away’ society we had become, the local tip was known locally as ‘K-mart’ and it was a regular habit for the locals to go ‘shopping’ there.

One day our neighbour presented me with a bike he made from parts from the tip, which I happily rode around on in those days. This was my first-hand experience of ‘recycling’ and my last experience of cycling!! (although as a child it was called ‘hand me downs’).

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Who wants to be a Martyr?

Each month, Pope Francis asks for our prayers for a specific intention. For the month of March, the prayer intention is for the martyrs of our day, witnesses to Christ: Let us pray that those who risk their lives for the Gospel in various parts of the world might imbue the Church with their courage and missionary drive.

The word ‘martyr’ brings to mind the early Christians martyred for the faith. In popular usage, it can also mean someone able to put up with a good deal in the pursuit of some cause.

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Josephite Justice Network Gathering: March 2024

The Josephite Justice Network (JJN) gathering for 2024 was held at Mary MacKillop Place in North Sydney from 8-10 March. Josephite Sisters, Companions, and organisational partners, as well as our young JJN team, were all present.

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Palm/Passion Sunday Reflection

Holy Week begins and ends with drama. When I think of Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday, three things stand out:

  1. The beginning of Holy Week
  2. The importance of processions in our life and the tradition of Walk for Justice for Refugees
  3. Having the courage to walk this journey with Jesus to his cross and passion.

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