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Josephites plot future partnership with lay groups

The six branches of the Sisters of St Joseph met last week to develop a future strategy that includes formal links with lay groups to ensure the preservation of the spirit of their founder Mary MacKillop.

Sr Catherine Shelton RSJ from Wellington NZ, coordinated the meeting of 40 sisters from the six branches of the Congregation that spans Australia and New Zealand.

"We gathered at Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney," she said, "to reflect on connections arising from our common histories. The original inspiration for our Congregation came from Fr Julian Tenison Woods' meeting with the Sisters of St Joseph of Le Puy, France, and we are aware, then, that the Josephite spirit stretches around the world. Many lay people also share our spirit and we want to encourage them in their expression of this."

The Sisters acknowledged areas of shared pain and looked at ways in which they might collaborate for the future.

Current issues that were identified as critical to Josephite mission include ongoing care for refugees, renewed efforts towards the difnity and recognition of our indigenous peoples and the promotion of peace at all levels of society.

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