Attentive to the Sacred,

the Evolving Universe,

Relationships of Compassion.

 

 

St Joseph’s by the Sea is a gathering and accommodation place for all who seek to:

  • nurture contemplation
  • explore and celebrate the wonders of the Universe and Earth
  • nourish body, mind and spirit.
  • develop just and respectful relationships.
  • live into new ways of being.
What's On at St Joseph's by the Sea

Reflexology Clinic – Circle of Light

We are delighted to offer those needing special consideration a Reflexology for relaxation service in our Holistic Room here in the beautiful environment of St Joseph’s by the Sea. Available very second Friday. To book your treatment please contact Jodie 0413 881 462.

For information and dates click link to see flyer

 

Reiki Clinic – Circle of Light

Come and experience the healing touch of Reiki. We are delighted to offer those needing special consideration a Reiki for relaxation service in our Holistic Room here in the beautiful environment of St Joseph’s by the Sea. To book your treatment please contact Christine 0420 715 259.

For information and dates click link to see flyer

 

Mary MacKillop for Today

Thursday 15 August – 7:30pm to 9:00pm

The spirit of Mary MacKillop promises a deeper connection to the Sacred in our World.

  • Presenters:
    • Sr Moya Unthank – Mary MacKillop
    • Sr Colleen O’Dwyer – Flora MacKillop, Mary’s Mother
    • Mr Eamon Pollard – Josephite Ministries Today
  • Session followed by supper
  • RSVP: please call (03) 9397 6012 or submit the form below
• Eco-Spirituality • Reconciliation • Justice and Peace Issues

 

How are we Treasuring our Later Years?

Wednesday 18 September – 10:30am to 3:30pm

The ‘second half of life’, our later years, continue to hold potential. We bring a wealth of experiences to treasure and to share with others. We are also open to new opportunities, to come alive in new ways.

This one-day workshop will explore the following themes that are part of our journey:

Adjustment ~ Transformation ~ Fulfilment

Nicole Rotaru rsm is a member of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea. For some time she has had a particular interest in the ‘second half of life’ that has its fill of joys and challenges. She has enjoyed offering workshops for older folk for a number of years and valued learning from their experiences. These learnings as well as reflection on her own life and reading, inform the workshops she continues to offer.

  • Presenter: Nicole Rotaru rsm
  • Morning tea provided, please BYO lunch
  • Cost $30

 

The Observant Eye of Jesus

Thursday 17 October – 7:30pm – 9:00pm

How the parables show Jesus’ appreciation of the natural world.

  • Presenter: Fr Brendan Byrne
  • Session followed by supper
  • RSVP: please call (03) 9397 6012 or submit the form below

 

Lending Library

Our Library at St Joseph’s by the Sea has an extensive collection of books of a spiritual nature including Eco-spirituality, Scripture, Aboriginal Spirituality Theology as well as art, fiction and magazines like Earth Song, Madonna, NGV magazines and spirituality in daily life.

These are all available for borrowing. Please ask a member of our staff should you wish to take a book home to read.

 


St Joseph’s by the Sea has a zero tolerance of child abuse or the abuse of vulnerable adults and shall be guided by the Sisters of Saint Joseph Safeguarding policy framework, Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct, and Safeguarding Commitment Statement. A copy of these can be requested or you can access these documents at Safeguarding & Professional Standards – Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart.

Making an enquiry you agree to our safeguarding framework as outlined here: Commitment to Safeguarding

Event Registration

Accommodation

Williamstown Accommodation by the Sea

Double Room
En Suite
Single Room
En Suite
Communal Kitchen
Dining Room
Hall way
Library

St Joseph’s by the Sea has six modern single and double accommodation rooms with ensuites.

  • Spacious rooms with tranquil leafy outlook.
  • Beautifully appointed modern bathrooms.
  • Stylish desk and chair.
  • All linen is supplied.
  • Wheelchair accessibility.
  • Rooms are air conditioned and access to Wi-Fi.
  • Perfect space to nourish body, mind and spirit.
  • Elegant common kitchen, dining room and lounge area.
  • Laundry facilities are available.
  • Accommodation Room Rate $150 per night.
  • Light breakfast provisions included.

St Joseph’s by the Sea has a zero tolerance of child abuse or the abuse of vulnerable adults and shall be guided by the Sisters of Saint Joseph Safeguarding policy framework, Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct, and Safeguarding Commitment Statement. A copy of these can be requested or you can access these documents at Safeguarding & Professional Standards – Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart.

Making an enquiry you agree to our safeguarding framework as outlined here: Commitment to Safeguarding

*** Please ring our office if your accommodation request is within 5 days of your suggested arrival date: (03) 9397 6012

Accommodation Enquiry

Meeting and Conference Rooms

Williamstown Meeting Rooms by the Sea

Chapel Room
Chapel Room
Chapel Room
Bay Room
Lounge Room
Blue Room
Blue Room

Meeting Rooms

St Joseph’s by the Sea has several meeting rooms and breakout out areas for hire from 8:00 am – 10:00 pm daily.

Our main meeting rooms have views of the Bay, natural lighting, reverse cycle air conditioning and access to Wi-Fi.

  • Chapel Room holds 50 people, with Smart TV facility, $500 per day
  • Bay Room with bay view holds 25 people, with Smart TV facility, $350 per day
  • Blue room holding 10 people for $150 per day
  • Tables, Chairs and Whiteboard available for use.
  • Tea, coffee and kitchen facilities available.

We offer opportunities tailored to your needs.

Please submit enquiry and we will confirm the availability in due course.


St Joseph’s by the Sea has a zero tolerance of child abuse or the abuse of vulnerable adults and shall be guided by the Sisters of Saint Joseph Safeguarding policy framework, Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct, and Safeguarding Commitment Statement. A copy of these can be requested or you can access these documents at Safeguarding & Professional Standards – Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart.

Making an enquiry you agree to our safeguarding framework as outlined here: Commitment to Safeguarding

Conference Room Enquiry

Retreats

St Joseph’s by the Sea is an ideal environment for a retreat. Those wishing to have a time of silence and prayer are welcome to book into this facility at a time convenient to you. There is opportunity to arrange a retreat to suit yourself. To enjoy a day or days where you relax and have time for yourself. The arrangement for these days is that we provide tea, coffee and breakfast but you need to provide other meals. There are facilities for cooking available. Williamstown is also renowned for its eating places.

We also host Retreats throughout the year which are fully catered.

Please note: All Retreats for 2024 have been booked out. Please contact us if you would like to be added on waitlist.


St Joseph’s by the Sea has a zero tolerance of child abuse or the abuse of vulnerable adults and shall be guided by the Sisters of Saint Joseph Safeguarding policy framework, Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct, and Safeguarding Commitment Statement. A copy of these can be requested or you can access these documents at Safeguarding & Professional Standards – Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart.

Making an enquiry you agree to our safeguarding framework as outlined here: Commitment to Safeguarding

Retreat Enquiry

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Ecological Activites

 

Vege Garden
Garden
Vege Garden
Arbour

 

Gardening

Gardening is an active participation in the deepest mysteries of the Universe. Thomas Berry

In 2016, preparing for the seed to be sown…

In 2020, working on The Permaculture Principles of Organic Gardening, we have transformed our garden into using ‘No dig’ systems that utilises all composting materials – cardboard, papers, prunings and lawn cuttings….

In developing the garden, we hope it will be a space of beauty and celebration. Our garden enhances the activities of the Centre with our veggies and fruits central to our menu.

The sacredness of this space reflects the sacredness in all life that surrounds us – the birds, the sea creatures, the ancient sheoak, the lava blister, the human.

Worm Farms

We delight in our worms in our gardens. They are an efficient way to reduce household waste and provide nutrient rich fertilizer for the garden.

We have two large worm farms and are now putting ‘worm homes’ straight into our garden beds.

Educating heart and mind in the Cosmological approach to the 13.7-billion-year Universe Story

We do this through:

  • Earth Rituals
  • Contemplative Reflections
  • Earth Retreats
  • Workshops

Visible Sustainability Practices at our Centre

  • Regular assessing of our strategic plan.
  • House recycling and compost bins
  • Utilising natural and environmentally friendly products for our cleaning purposes.
  • Craft Workshops teaching how to create environmental ways of doing things. e.g. Beeswax Wraps
  • Less/no use of single use plastics.
  • We have reflective quotes in the garden and throughout the Centre.

The Song of The Bay is heard by every listener.
Our Mission is living in relationship with Earth, our home, celebrating the wonders of the Universe and Earth, by living in an awareness of our Earth friendly environment.
History and Local Environment

Many millions of years ago, Williamstown was alive with volcanic activity. Lava flowed from the vents of hundreds of surrounding volcanoes into Port Phillip Bay. As lava flowed to the shoreline, gases in the lava built up and created a large bubble. This formation is extremely rare and has fascinated geologists the world over. Victoria’s basalt plains form one of the largest lave plains in the world.

Plenty long ago the Yalukit-Willam came to live in the coastal lands around Port Phillip. They called the Williamstown area Koort-boork-boork. This means a clump of many she-oak trees.

The Sisters of Saint Joseph were invited to Williamstown in July 1900 when the FCJ Sisters who had been travelling from Vaucluse Richmond withdrew from the school.

In 1927 the Sisters purchased the home Tulliallan built by sea captain James Ogilvie. This then came to be known as St. Joseph’s Convent at 16 Esplanade.

A community was sent for Williamstown last week… The school was opened yesterday with an attendance of 170. Not a bad beginning!
Mary MacKillop 1900
Little Shop

Our Little Shop

Our Little Shop is more than just a funding space. We have supported asylum seekers, Aboriginal ministries and those who need our support. However, our Little Shop creates links between the garden, our craft group, and the community.

Our craft group makes and supplies items for our shop. Our garden produce is used to make jams. Along with donations from the community we also stock jewellery from Africa, which helps support the women who make these. Clients who use the facility often revisit us to buy a little gift from our Little Shop.

Little Shop
Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction is available at St Joseph’s by the Sea.

Spiritual direction is a process by which one person journeys contemplatively with another who is seeking to discern God’s presence (however God is named) in the everyday experience of their life, thus enhancing growth in intimacy with God, and right relationship with all creation.

Spiritual Directors are welcome to use our space.

There where we are we find God.
Mary MacKillop 1871

For further information please call St Joseph’s by the Sea on (03) 9397 6012

Photo Gallery
Dinning Room
Blue Room
Front
Stained Glass Doors
Chapel Room
Stained Glass Windows
Double Room
Single Room
Library
Bay Room
En-suite
Ensuite
Front
Communal Kitchen
Water Outlook
Contact Us

St Joseph’s by the Sea

  • Address: 16 Esplanade, Williamstown, VIC 3016
  • Phone: (03) 9397 6012
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Acknowledgement of First Peoples

We pause to recall the millions of year of ocean and land emergence which eventually gave birth to the many life forms.

We acknowledge with respect and wonder, the traditional custodians of this sacred land on which St Joseph’s by the Sea stands. The Yalukit-William of the Boon Wurrung people and Kulin nation.

We honour their elders, past and emerging and acknowledge their wise care of the land, rivers, creeks and sea, and food resources during the hundreds and thousands of years they walked this area.

We give thanks for their insight, wisdom and caring.

We accept the invitation in the ULURU Statement from the HEART to walk with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in a movement of the Australian people for a better future.

Let’s learn from the First Peoples of our countries and wholeheartedly support them.27th General Chapter