So Small a Beginning – Conference Speech Sr Marie Foale speaks about the beginnings of the Institute of St Joseph for the Catholic education of poor children. She believes that as a young Josephite growing up, she had a sense that one day Mary MacKillop and Julian Tenison Woods had made a spontaneous decision to found an order. You’re invited to watch Sr Marie’s conference speech, ‘So Small a Beginning’ in five parts.
Laudato Si’ – Webinar In May 2015 Pope Francis launched his encyclical with the subtitle “On Care for our Common Home” and the title “Laudato Si’” which are the opening words for a hymn composed by St Francis of Assisi in the 1200s. For our time, this document is both relevant and important, since it highlights the priority that respect for the environment should have in Catholic life, and integrates the notion with what is central to our understanding of humanity’s relationship with God. It is striking that many of the issues raised in Laudato Si’ find a parallel in the writings of Julian Tenison Woods. We can be proud of the fact that Julian Woods, as co-founder with Mary MacKillop, injected into the foundations of the Sisters of Saint Joseph a sense of the integration of spirituality and nature and set an example of science being a means of relationship with God. We remember, however, that he lived in a different time from us, and no-one is suggesting that his perceptions of creation and his world are the same as those of Pope Francis. But like a thread that runs through the whole garment, Julian’s words do illustrate his insights into a constant theme that can be traced from the Gospels to our era, and they, like those of Laudato Si’, can help us recognise these teachings as foundational to our faith. In this five-part webinar, Sr Mary Cresp explores some of the parallels between the work of Pope Francis and Julian Tenison Woods. Sr Colleen Keeble assists her in the presentation.
Ego to Eco – Webinar Father Julian Tenison Woods was a Catholic priest who had made a great contribution to Australian Geology, Botany, Palaeontology and Zoology. Today the ecology of the Earth is suffering. Pope Francis states that we are in a time where peoples of the world need to have an ‘ecological conversion.’ Although Father Julian had lived in a different time to us, he had recognised the importance of looking after the Earth. In recognition of the great ecological wisdom of Father Julian, Sr Mary Cresp has created a webinar titled ‘Ego to Eco’ which consists of four parts. In watching the webinar, we can look to Father Julian as a model for ‘ecological conversion.’
Father Julian Tenison Woods Biography Video A video by Tenison Wood College, Mount Gambier about the life of Father Julian Tenison Woods
Junior Josephites/Mary MacKillop themes and teacher resources Mary MacKillop and Junior Joey Groups
The Black Dress Freeman, Pamela, The Black Dress, Black Dog Books, Fitzroy, VIC, Australia, 2005. View Teachers Notes
Lesson Plans: Mary MacKillop – A Saint for Australia A Series of lesson for Stages 4 - 6 written by Cheryl Beaver and Gabriella Ratcliffe, Mount St Joseph School, Milperra These lessons are aimed at developing in each student an understanding and appreciation of the life and contribution of Mary MacKillop to the living Tradition of the Australian Catholic Church.
Detective Dan is in Search of Mary MacKillop Sealy, Pat; Pickering, Evelyn; Cormack, Teresita & d'Orange, Alain, Detective Dan is in Search of Mary MacKillop, Trustees of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, North Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Six Little Stories About Mary MacKillop Power, Anne Marie & Goodwin, Joan, Six Little Stories About Mary MacKillop, Trustees of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, North Sydney, NSW, Australia.