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Gathering inspects growth of Josephite Tree

Over 40 Sisters of St Joseph from the both national and diocesan-based congregations - known respectively as 'Brown' and 'Black' Josephites - came together late last month to reflect on the progress of their shared future, and the growth of the tree planted 15 years ago to symbolise that future.

The event - titled 'Watering our Josephite Roots', which took place over six days from 16 January at the Sisters' Baulkham Hills Conference Centre in Sydney, involved mainly younger sisters.

The tree was planted in the grounds of the Centre to commemorate the meeting of Federation and Central Josephites.

"It has since developed from a single trunk into two distinct trunks merging into beautiful foliage," says a Conference Report on the Josephite website. "This became a focus for prayer, discussion and wonder."

"We embarked on an experience of connecting, exploring and relaxing together. In a spirit of conversation we listened, shared, played and celebrated our unity as Josephites. Each day there were new discoveries about our shared spirit, tradition and identity."

The Gathering also marked the 10th anniversary of the Beatification of founder Mary MacKillop, at the Brown Josephites' Mount Street, North Sydney, mother house.

A Gathering of Federation and Central Josephites (Sisters of St Joseph)

Sisters of St Joseph

32 Feb 2005