Josophia Anniversary - April 2008

20 years ago the Sisters had the inspiration to use a house they owned in Guyton Street Whanganui as a craft centre.  Many of them had craft skills and produced the articles that soon began to sell.  They also responded to a need for candles for use in church as well as small stoles for Baptisms. 

The first co-ordinator of the centre was Marie Hawkins, and that passed to Marcienne Waite who is now the energy behind the Centre.  The name chosen early on was Josophia – a combination of the words Joseph and Sophia – wisdom.  Now the Maori name Te Puna Hohopia has been added.

Over the years many others have helped in providing the skills and practical help to enable the Centre to thrive.  Several of these key people gathered at a Prayer Service and cutting of an anniversary cake at Mt St Joseph on Sunday 20 April. 


In the back row is Sr Marie Hawkins, Jenny Jury, Sr Francesca Bourke, Sr Therese Devon.
Front row is Sr Marcienne Waite, Mrs Alice McDonough, Mrs Helen Hodge, and Sr Marie Skidmore in centre front.

The moneys raised by the venture have continually been given out to Women and Families in need, and this is still the case.  Much of the work sold now is done by Marcienne who is skilled in candles, knitting and other handwork. 

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