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Josephite Values

“Never see a need without doing something about it.”   Mary Mackillop, 1811

The Josephite Order was founded by Sr Mary Mackillop and Father Tenison Woods.

Mary Mackillop, know to Australians as Mother Mary of the Cross, lived a life of faith- filled service to others.  She was courageous, tenacious and resilient in the face of adversity.

Mary and her Josephite Sisters worked diligently on behalf of the isolated, poor and disadvantaged, using education to empower people and working to establish a community that responded to people in need.

At the time of the Beatification of Mary Mackillop Pope John Paul II stated,

“Mary Mackillop embodies all that is best in your nation and its people – genuine openness to others, hospitality to strangers, generosity to the needy, justice to those unfairly treated, perseverance in face of adversity and kindness and support to the suffering.

Think of Mother Mary Mackillop and learn from her to be a gift of love and compassion to one another, for all Australians and for the world.”

In 2008, on his visit to World Youth Day in Sydney, Pope Benedict XVI said,

“Mary Mackillop is one of the outstanding figures in Australia’s history.  I know that her perseverance in the face of adversity, her plea for justice on behalf of those unfairly treated and her practical example of holiness have become a source of inspiration for all Australians.  Generations have reason to be grateful to her.”

Mary Mackillop’s life and work are built firmly on these values which formed the framework out of which all her endeavours grew.  They form the foundation of what has made her a window of hope in our world.     

Mary Mackillop – ‘A Window of Hope’ – Monica Cavanagh rsj.

Mother Mary Mackillop was a faithful servant of God and of people in need.  She believed that education liberated people from poverty and oppression and allowed them to live full and happy lives.

Her spirit and Josephite charisma find expression in St Clare’s through :

  • Inclusive policies and procedures
  • Senior students Immersion Trips to remote areas and to inner Sydney to work with poor and isolated Australians.
  • The work of the St Clare’s chapter of St Vincent de Paul – both staff and student conferences.
  • Work done by the St Clare’s Human Rights Group.
  • Commitment and support for Catholic Missions and Caritas.
  • Student visits to Storm Retirement Village.
  • St Clare’s Feast Day fundraising activities.
  • St Clare's Sleep Out
  • Various fundraisers for local groups and organisations.

Like Mother Mary we recognise that God is active in our lives and that God loves us all.