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.

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Our Mission

Through baptism all Christians are called to share in the mission of Jesus. By our religious profession we publicly commit ourselves to that mission: to proclaim and witness to God’s love and presence in the world by our way of life and apostolic service. In this we are supported and energised by our life in community and our commitment to prayer. 

Sisters of St Joseph, Lochinvar, stand for the Gospel. We choose and cherish life.

Our Response

Our Founders urged us to do good and have a great zeal for souls … (to) never leave a good work untried and never spare yourselves. 

We seek to remain open to present and emerging needs in order to serve among God’s people whose life experiences challenge and enrich us. 

Our Constitutions: A Future and A Hope, 2000

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.

News & Events

Pilgrimage to Local Josephite Schools

Recently principals from the Association of Josephite Affiliated Secondary Schools (AJASS) visited two schools in the Maitland-Newcastle diocese where our Josephite charism is alive and active

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Window on Creation

To mark the significance of World Environment Day, June 5, the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart launched an online educational resource, ‘Window on Creation’ written by Sr Carmel Jones rsj

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