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Josephites return to Blackall for centenary celebrations

Josephites celebrate centenary

MEMBERS of the St Joseph’s Primary School community in Blackall celebrated the school’s 100th anniversary with a host of events on July 21-22. The Sisters of St Joseph started the school in 1917 when Blackall was still part of the Archdiocese of Brisbane. It became part of Rockhampton diocese in 1930. “The charism of the Josephites is very much a ... Read More »

Australia’s first saint a source of inspiration for struggling families

Sister Marie Dowling

FAMILIES struggling to put food on the table could find hope from the life of Australia’s first saint, St Mary of the Cross. While the Fitzroy-born saint is well known for her battles against the hierarchical Church, Josephite Sister Marie Dowling believes the path to sainthood was seen in her unhappy family life. “I think the seeds of sainthood were ... Read More »

Josephite novice launches new eBook on Australia’s first saint

Jane Maisey

THE life of Australia’s first saint, Mary MacKillop has been captured in a new eBook for children. Author Jane Maisey, who is on the “Emmaus Journey” (novitiate) to become a Sister of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, started writing after she looked online for eBooks about saints and found a glaring gap. “To my surprise there was very little, ... Read More »

Students don’t miss a Heartbeat in song for Sisters of St Joseph

Josephites song

FRIENDS, old and new, were encouraged to “listen to the heartbeat of the world” during feast day celebrations at Mary MacKillop College, Nundah. To celebrate its patron St Mary of the Cross and the Sisters of St Joseph, the college launched a new CD featuring a song written by teacher Mary Fletcher. Ms Fletcher wrote the song Heartbeat to celebrate ... Read More »

Enduring memorial St Mary of the Cross opened in CBD

mary mackillop chapel art

    AUSTRALIA’S first canonised saint was a pilgrim who has drawn millions of Catholics with her on her journey, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. In a homily to a packed St Stephen’s Cathedral, Archbishop Coleridge, said St Mary of the Cross MacKillop was a daughter of this land, but a saint for the whole world. He acknowledged her suffering ... Read More »

Josephites gather for milestone

Josephites

JOSEPHITES across Australia marked the order’s 150th anniversary in Masses throughout the country last week, with particular gratitude in Queensland.  Without the perseverance of the sisters in the early 1900s, the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart may not have gathered in Brisbane on March 19 to celebrate a sesquicentenary at all. Sr Mary MacKillop and her sisters ... Read More »

‘Joseph’ was a sign for this Brisbane Josephite Sister

Sr Annette Arnold

FOR a young Annette Arnold growing up in Rockhampton in central Queensland, the name “Joseph” was to be key in the unfolding of her life. The eighth in a family of 10 children, she grew up in the cathedral parish of St Joseph. “The significance of that has not been lost on me – my grandfather was Joseph, my father James Joseph and ... Read More »

Josephites called to be the face of compassion in the world

Being mercy

IT is with gratitude in our hearts, that we the Sisters of St Joseph will celebrate this feast of St Joseph.   It will mark our 150th year of dedicated service to the Church and to our world.  On this day our hearts will be filled with joy as we remember that founding moment of our congregation. In 1891, the 25th ... Read More »

South American trip an eye-opener for Brisbane teens

Peruvian adventure

SILENCE struck 16 Catholic school students when they gazed at the list of 70,000 people killed or abducted in Lima up to three decades ago. Peruvians call the monument, “The Eye that Cries”. It preserves the memory of thousands who were killed or disappeared when terrorists roamed the city in the 1980s and 1990s. Immortalised on one of the 70,000 stones ... Read More »

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