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The Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart, often called the Josephites ('Brown Joeys'), were founded in Penola, South Australia in 1866 by Blessed Mary MacKillop, and Reverend Julian E Tenison Woods.

The Centre of the congregation is at Mary MacKillop Place, Mount Street North Sydney where Mary MacKillop's tomb is enshrined in the Mary MacKillop Memorial Chapel.

Today there are more than a thousand Sisters living and working throughout Australia (South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia) and New Zealand, as well as Ireland and Peru.

The Sisters have Mary MacKillop Centres, at Penola, South Australia; Kensington, South Australia; East Melbourne, Victoria; Annerley, Queensland; South Perth, Western Australia - and the main centre mentioned above - at North Sydney The organisation The Australian-New Zealand Federation of the Sisters of St Joseph includes convents in Goulburn and Lochinvar in New South Wales.


Emblem of the Sisters of St Joseph

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