Liveable Incomes for All

Auckland Action Against Poverty (AAAP) organised a protest outside PM Jacinda Ardern’s office in Mt Albert on Wednesday 9 December simultaneously with United Community Action Network (UCAN) in Wellington after more than 40 welfare and poverty charities signed an open letter to the Government pleading for them to increase welfare in the lead up to […]

Christmas Messages for 2020

Regional Leaders and Sisters representing their regions, have provided Christmas messages for you to reflect on and enjoy… The Story of the Pohutukawa Tree The following is a story of the Aotearoa Christmas Tree which is new to me!  After much reflection I found the connection to the traditional Christmas story. I’ll leave you to […]

First Josephites in Temuka

It was an unlikely Josephite trio who set out in 1883 from Adelaide to Temuka in New Zealand to begin a new foundation in New Zealand. At the time, Mary MacKillop was virtually exiled to Sydney by Adelaide’s Bishop Reynolds over a conflict around the governing of the Institute and the Bishop had selected the […]

New South Wales 1872

The Sisters of Saint Joseph are women who work in a simple ordinary way sharing in the mission of Jesus in the service of the poor through education and works of charity.Constitutions of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart Just six years after their founding in 1866 in Penola South Australia, at […]


How did you learn about Mary MacKillop? Maybe it was a book read, a movie, or a visit to a museum. However, thousands of people every year, do none of these things, but do go GEOCACHING! Geocaching is the world’s largest treasure hunt and it can lead you to a journey through the story of […]

Love Comes Looking for Us

Feast of the Sacred Heart. The heart of Jesus is viewed as a symbol of “God’s boundless and passionate love for humankind” [1] and in light of the writings of Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas Merton, Elia Delio, Beatrice Bruteau and others, is referred to as the Sacred Heart enflamed, the incarnate Word, the Cosmic Christ, […]

Christmas Messages for 2019

Regional Leaders and Sisters representing their regions, have provided Christmas messages for you to reflect on and enjoy… Christmastime In Ireland Christmastime in Ireland means the weather is dark, damp and cold and we are all layered in thick jumpers, padded coats, warm gloves, woollen scarves and hats and strong boots. The shops sparkle with […]

God is in the Middle of Us

We often hear the question asked: “Where is God?” Mary MacKillop had no doubt that God was with her, even in her darkest times. In this time leading up to Christmas, we will hear the Scriptural phrase ‘Emmanuel, God-with-us’ many times. We are invited to slow down, ‘smell the flowers’, ponder Mary’s words, and discover […]

Christmas Greetings

As we prepare our hearts in this Advent Season to celebrate Christmas, we pause to remember those for whom this Christmas will be difficult. Here in Australia, we are very mindful of all those who have suffered in the recent bush fires and those in our rural communities living through one of the most devasting […]