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Julian Tenison Woods and Mary Mackillop founded the Sisters of St Joseph to meet the needs of poor, mainly migrant families in South Australia.

The early Sisters in New Zealand moved in to the education of children in the schools.

During the renewal period which followed II Vatican Council in the 1970’s, we realised that much of the beginning sense of purpose had been lost.

In 1987, we prepared for ourselves a Mission Option which reminded us of our original call to those who were in most need in our society.

This redirection of our mission was further refined in 1988 when we resolved to concentrate on the needs of Women and Families.

Today we carry out this commitment in the following ministries:

  • Chaplaincy
    • Prisons
    • Rest Homes
  • Community work
  • Counselling
  • Education
    • Catholic Education Office
    • Primary school teaching
    • RTLB teaching
    • ESOL
    • Health promotion
  • Psychotherapy
  • Spirituality
  • Spiritual direction
    • Retreats
    • Eco-justice
  • Treaty training - social analysis

Sisters of St Joseph live and work in the following areas of the North Island of New Zealand:

  • Auckland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Palmerston North
  • Wellington
  • Wanganui

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