Sisters of St Joseph of Lochinvar

  • May the spirit of unity and love reign amongst us.

    (Mary MacKillop 1884)

  • All things on earth tend to raise our hearts to God

    (Julian Tenison Woods 1881)

  • Let us do all we can to serve God.

    (Julian Tenison Woods 1875)

  • Find happiness in making others happy.

    (Mary MacKillop 21.11.1899)

  • We are but instruments in the hand of God

    (Julian Tenison Woods 1870)

The congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph Lochinvar has its origins in the sisterhood which gathered around Rev Julian Tenison Woods and St Mary of the Cross MacKillop at Penola in South Australia in 1866 and which spread to Perthville NSW in 1872.

The Founding Sisters of the Lochinvar Congregation came from Perthville, arriving on 2 September 1883.

From Lochinvar the Sisters established schools and pastoral ministries throughout the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle and beyond.

The Sisters of St Joseph Lochinvar, stand for the Gospel with its Good News of God’s Love.

(Acts of 14th General Chapter, 2013)


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We acknowledge the First Peoples who have walked upon and cared for this land for thousands of years.
We commit ourselves to the ongoing journey of Reconciliation.