Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart.

Also known as
Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart.
Congregatio Sancti Josephi a Sacro Corde.
Institute of St. Joseph.
Josephites (Sisters).
Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart.
Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Sisters of St. Joseph of Sydney.
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Known as the Josephites or the 'Brown Joeys' (on account of the brown habits they wore), the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart were founded in Penola, South Australia in 1866 by a teacher, Mary MacKillop, and an English priest, Reverend Julian E Tenison Woods. Both were concerned about the needs of children in remote areas growing up without Catholic education or religious training. Unique to their ministry was their view that, to do their best work, members of their flock needed to move out of the convents and into the community. This belief, in effect, saw the Sisters adopt an administrative structure which evenutally saw Mary McKillop excommunicated in 1871. The order was removed in February of 1872, and a full Episcopal investigation of the order cleared her of any wrong-doing. It did, however, impress upon her the need to obtain higher authority to conduct her ministry in the way she saw fit. In 1873-74, Mary MacKillop went to Rome to seek approval for what was, essentially, a cloisterless organisation of women religious. She returned victorious, with Constitutions for this new and different kind of religious institute in hand, a document that defined an administrative structure specifically suited to Australian conditions. It allowed for the sisters to leave their convent and serve the poor in the districts where they lived. Even today, Josephites live among ordinary people in houses of two or three providing education and support for the children and families living in rural areas as well as the cities.

The Josephite's administrative structure was/is very different from what preceded it. The Constitutions provided for groups of convents and schools arranged in provinces administered by a Superior General with a Council. Each of the provinces was then administered by a provincial, delegate of the Superior General. This form of administration, known as central government,was distinct from other institutes under diocesan control, with the bishop as ecclesiastical superior.

This difference created problems for their sustained existence in some locations. The sisters were obliged to leave Bathurst, New South Wales in 1876 and the entire state of Queensland by 1980, due to the respective Bishop's refusal to accept central government of the Institute.

In 1888, a decree from Rome consitutued the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart as an approved Regular Congregation with a Mother House in Sydney, New South Wales.

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  1. Catholic Female RefugeSA Memory: South Australia Past and Present, For the Future State Library of South Australia : Catholic Female Refuge
    [2006]
    Published: Government of South Australia
    Series: http://www.samemory.sa.gov.au/site/page.cfm?c=1554
  2. Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales: St. Margaret's Hospital (Darlinghurst, N.S.W.) records, 1894-1998 (1894 - 1998)
    Textual Records Textual Records - (computer printouts) Textual Records - (typescript) Textual Records - (typescript with manuscript annotations) Clippings A detailed list of records and a guide to patient identifying records are available in the Mitchell Library Reading Room. Access is restricted and written authority from the Sisters of St. Joseph is required prior to access. Please contact The Archivist, Sisters of St. Joseph, 9 Mount Street, North Sydney, 2060. This material is held offsite and can take up to four days to retrieve - Most of this material is held offsite, except for MLMSS 6711/1 - 5 & 6X - 17X which is held onsite Architectural and Technical Drawings Textual Records - (printed)
    MLMSS 6711

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  1. Mary Mackillop : an extraordinary Australian : the authorised biography / by Paul Gardiner
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  3. Mary MacKillop / Osmund Thorpe
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  4. Mary : the Mary MacKillop story / a film by Kay Pavlou
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  5. Dauntless daughter of desires : the story of Mary McKillop and her work, 1866-1966 / by Sister M. Peter
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  8. Irene, 21.8.38-21.5.91 / ... written and compiled on behalf of the Sisters of St. Joseph as a tribute to our sister, Irene McCormack, R.S.J. [by] Margaret Le Breton
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  9. Sainthood in Australia : Mary MacKillop and the print media / Sheila McCreanor
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  10. Mary MacKillop on mission to her last breath : correspondence about the foundations of the Sisters of St Joseph in Aotearoa New Zealand and Mary's final years 1881-1909 / arranged and edited by Sheila McCreanor
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    [ Book : 2009 ]
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  5. Dauntless daughter of desires : the story of Mary McKillop and her work, 1866-1966 / by Sister M. Peter
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  8. Irene, 21.8.38-21.5.91 / ... written and compiled on behalf of the Sisters of St. Joseph as a tribute to our sister, Irene McCormack, R.S.J. [by] Margaret Le Breton
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    [ Book : 1992-1996 ]
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  9. Mary MacKillop's sisters : a life unveiled / Anne Henderson
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  10. Mary MacKillop : "made in Australia" / Daniel Lyne
    Lyne, Daniel, 1937-2002
    [ Book : 1994-1995 ]
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