Meeting needs today

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Probably the most well-known saying of St Mary MacKillop is,

“Never see a need without doing something about it”. – MM. (1871).

The ongoing legacy of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart still focusses primarily on education, even though a variety of ministries throughout Australia and beyond occupy the Sisters and their associates. Some of these include assisting migrants and refugees, fighting human trafficking and slavery, and promoting stewardship of the earth.

The saint’s legacy has gone well and truly beyond its humble beginnings in Penola, South Australia. Sisters of St Joseph today are actively working in Australia, New Zealand, East Timor, Ireland, Peru and Brazil.

All their work, their intention is the same; to meet the needs of the poorest and most neglected, and to reveal the merciful heart  of God.

The Sisters also encourage and work with many people, including volunteers, young people, and members of the Josephite Associate movement who, though not consecrated religious, have embraced the spirit of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop.


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