Taking Action

Sister Mary-Ann Casanova PhD  – Eco-Hero Profile Teacher, author, photographer, ecologist, student, farmer, and a Sister of Saint Joseph for almost 40 years… these are just some of the professions held by Sr Mary-Ann Casanova PhD. Growing up in rural South Australia, Sr Mary-Ann spent her younger days cultivating in the solitude of a sheep […]


Josephites share the Laudate Deum call to action

 Laudate Deum (‘Praise God’) is Pope Francis’ new apostolic exhortation published on 4 October 2023 addressing today’s environmental and human challenges. The Holy Father focuses on the situation of climate change in Laudate Deum, which is styled as a follow-up to the 2015 Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’. The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development […]


A Paradigm of Dynamism

Carrollanne O’Brien – Eco-Hero Profile Meet our Eco-Hero of the month – Carrollanne O’Brien who works as an Executive Assistant to the Congregational Leadership Team for the Sisters of Saint Joseph in North Sydney. Carrollanne’s passion for environmental advocacy impacts both her professional and personal life. Working for the Sisters, she is encouraged and supported […]


Season of Creation 2023: We Can Do Something

Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream. Amos 5:24 This text states a truth that is as appropriate today as it was in ancient times: justice precedes peace. Without justice, there can be no peace. However, the image of the never-failing stream does not ring true in our century. Streams […]


Age is no barrier

Joelle Sassine – Eco-Hero Profile An active member of the Josephite Action Group and Josephite Justice Network, Joelle Sassine is proof that age is no barrier to being an Eco-Hero. As a recent graduate from the University of Sydney, the 22-year-old has hit the ground running, working simultaneously on a variety of social justice and […]


A Day in the Life of an Eco-Hero

Meet Bridgette Barrett Bridgette lives in Adelaide, South Australia and has been a committed Eco-Hero for many years. Bridgette’s first encounter with the Sisters of Saint Joseph was when her daughter attended Mary MacKillop Primary School in Wallaroo. In the 1980s, the hole over the Antarctic was in the media and Bridgette made sure that […]


Laudato Si’ Week 2023

Hope for the Earth, Hope for Humanity has been adopted as the theme for Laudato Si’ Week this year, celebrated globally from 21-28 May. Pope Francis addressed the Laudato Si’ encyclical to “every person living on Planet Earth”. (#3). He frequently returns to the themes that humanity and creation are intimately woven together, just as […]


Josephite Justice Network Gathering – March 2023

The Josephite Justice Network (JJN) gathering was held at Kincumber South, New South Wales from 10-12 March 2023. Josephite Sisters, Companions as well as young Josephite volunteers from throughout Australia, were all present. The theme for the gathering was The Valley of Dry Bones (Ezekiel 37:5). We realised during the course of the weekend, that […]