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2002

Historic Meeting - Sept 2002

In an historic occasion the two congregations of the Sisters of St Joseph held a joint meeting in Wanganui the weekend of 20-22 September 2002.

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The Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred
Heart are known as the 'brown' Josephites or Central Josephites. The Sisters of St Joseph of Nazareth are known as the
'black' Josephites or Federated Josephites. About 35 sisters from each group gathered at Sacred Heart College in the first official meeting between the groups.

The gathering was the result of meetings over the years between individual sisters and leadership groups. Sisters of St Joseph of Nazareth had arrived in Wanganui in 1880 to begin their work of education. Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart came to Temuka, South Canterbury in 1883
and began teaching.

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The Josephites together shared their own founding stories in New Zealand, finding much in common. Both groups had originated from the vision of Mary Mackillop and Julian Tenison Woods in Penola south Australia in the 1860's.

During the time together the sisters enjoyed discussions, visiting places of significance, times of prayer, and times of celebration and fun. As well as the members of the two New Zealand groups, there was a small group of sisters from the Australian Central Josephites.

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