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Emu Park, Queensland 12 20th July 2009

Marcienne Waite and Liz Hickey joined Josephite Sisters from all of the Central Josephite Provinces and Federation Branches for this Retreat at ‘The Haven’ Retreat Centre, which is located 25 kilometres from Rockhampton.  ‘The Haven’ is situation overlooking the sea and is truly a gem of a place.   The new facilities included special ecological features and the accommodation was very comfortable.



The Retreat was presented by Srs Lyndall Brown (New Zealand) Gen Ryan (South Australia) and Kerrie Cusack (Goulburn).  The founding stories were shared and reflected upon using the theme of ‘Soulcapes’.  The beautiful setting, warm sunshine and wonderful hospitality provided a nurturing environment for this experience. 

Following each presentation, Sisters were keen to delve into each other’s history and stories of the past.  They were also interested in the ministries and life experiences of each other today.  There was a very real feeling among the Sisters, of the presence of Mary MacKillop and Julian Tenison Woods.   It could easily have been imagined that their founders were rejoicing in the movement of the Spirit among the Sisters today.


‘I think the time will come when…all St Joseph’s children will be brought
 back together again.’
 Julian Woods, letter to Sr Frances McCarthy, August 1887.

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