You’re invited to journey back in time and experience what life was like for the early Sisters of Saint Joseph as they began the first Josephite foundation in New South Wales at Perthville in the Bathurst Diocese (1872-1876).

Share the history, the spirituality, the daily lives of the Sisters as they taught and ministered at Perthville and the surrounding villages. Accompany the early Sisters as they welcomed Mary MacKillop and Julian Tenison Woods to their community in those early days. Through input, social interaction and personal reflection you will be inspired to nurture and share the Josephite spirit and mission in your own life.

This unique experience will commence with lunch on Tuesday 14 May and conclude with lunch on Friday 17 May. The venue is the Perthville Heritage and Conference Centre, Perthville and is situated 10km outside Bathurst, accessible by car, also by train and coach to Bathurst with car pick-up available from Bathurst to Perthville.

There is en-suite accommodation at The Vale Lodge Perthville. With tours to places of interest, the pilgrimage will be led by members of the Perthville Convent Heritage Committee.


  • When: Tuesday 14 May – Friday 17 May 2024
  • Where: St Joseph’s Heritage and Conference Centre, Tenison Woods Ave, Perthville NSW
  • Cost: $540 single / $660 double (5 doubles available)
  • Contact: to receive your booking form please contact Sr Mary Murphy:
  • RSVP: Tuesday 23 April 2024
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