Mary’s Legacy

In 1867, Julian Woods wrote that the Sisters were to:

Do all the good they can and never see an evil without trying how they may remedy it. … This is their mission… The religious must do any good that they can, and make their charity all-embracing.
(Woods, Rules for the Institute of St Joseph, 1867, par. 13.)

Mary MacKillop and the first Josephites embraced that saying and became involved in the education of children from poor families and the care of orphans, young women in need of protection and destitute women of all ages.

Following in Mary’s footsteps, today’s Sisters have also made it their own as they:

Serve in a variety of ministries:
of being and presence,
of suffering and healing,
of educating and caring.
(They) continue to experience and reveal
God’s loving kindness.
(They) strive to be in harmony with
and to contribute to the total mission
of the Congregation and of the local Church
(Constitutions 3)

Mary’s legacy to the world of today is not only what the Sisters are doing now. It is also the example of her own goodness, of her love for all people, especially the most marginalised and her deep faith and trust in the Providence of God.

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Page last updated January 2018