With all the baptised, we share the call to live the fullness of the Christian life by following Jesus of Nazareth. As Sisters of St. Joseph, we live a life of chastity, poverty and obedience as a particular way of loving and of living discipleship according to the Gospel.
Our founders, St Mary of the Cross MacKillop and Father Julian Tenison Woods, spoke much about God’s love, known and experienced particularly through devotion to the Sacred Heart, the Eucharist, the Blessed Sacrament, and the Cross; through attentiveness to the presence of God, the will of God, and prayer; and by living simply, generously, among the people, especially attentive and responsive to the poor and marginalised. This living, dynamic spirituality nourished, sustained and strengthened the Sisters in their small, often isolated communities scattered over the less populated areas of the country.
Today we seek to live, pray, work and witness as Josephite women incarnating God's love and faithfulness in our times. Our spirituality seeks to harmonise with contemporary theology, to support all that promotes the gospel and oppose all that negates it, and to reflect the diversity of our experiences of God. It is centred on the person of Jesus, acknowledges the place of Mary, Mother of God, as his first disciple, and honours our patron St. Joseph.
We seek to imitate St Joseph in his trust in providence, humility, simplicity, poverty, and compassion.
Pray that St Joseph’s humble spirit may guide us. … His was a quiet humility, humility that trusted and depended on God completely. It was a humility that didn't hinder him from putting himself forward. (Mary MacKillop).
- Our Constitutions, A Future and a Hope, p.6
- Reflections of our Founding Spirituality, 14th General Chapter, 2013