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.
Our founders, St Mary MacKillop and Fr Julian Tenison Woods, were inspired by the Holy Spirit to seek ways by which God's saving love might be brought to the poor, especially those in isolated rural areas. They responded by serving the poor primarily through the ministry of Christian education and support for families.
In keeping with our Josephite tradition, our mission today is expressed in ministries to the deprived, degraded and disadvantaged in whatever circumstances of life they may be. We aim to empower those who have few choices to claim their dignity and to assume responsibility for their own lives.
We strive, both personally and corporately, to promote Christian social justice and the stewardship of creation.
The joys and the hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the [people] of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these too are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ. Gaudium et spes. 1
- Our Constitutions, A Future and a Hope, p.6-8