Black and brown Joeys move closer
Forty Sisters of St Joseph from both "black" and "brown" branches moved towards closer ties and greater collaboration during a meeting described as "historic" last week in Hobart.
According to a congregation statement, those present at the twentieth General Meeting of the Australian-New Zealand Federation of Sisters of St Joseph included Sr Katrina Brill, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart together with the members of her Leadership Team and, for the first time, representatives from every province of the Central Josephites, along with the President, Sr Carmel Moore, and the Leadership Teams of all five Congregations of the Federation.
The meeting was facilitated by Dr Carlos Raimundo, a psycho-dramatist from Sydney.
The gathering began with a reconciliation ceremony at Risdon Cove, site of a massacre of Aborigines, with representatives of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community.
According to the Congregation statement, the sisters took tangible steps to strengthen their links and to work towards facilitating co-operative future ventures for mission.
The meeting also heard a report from two sisters, Noelene Quinane and Laraine Crowe, who had just returned from an international gathering of Josephite Sisters in Le Puy, France, where they represented the Australian New Zealand Congregations.
The first congregation of Sisters of St Joseph was founded in Le Puy in 1650.
Fr Tenison Woods lived in France for a time and it was his experience of the spirit of these Sisters that provided an eventual link between Le Puy and the Australian Congregations.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the ordination of Fr Julian Tenison Woods, who with Mary MacKillop, co-founded the Sisters of St Joseph in Penola, SA.
The meeting follows a similar gathering of the Josephites last year at Perthville in NSW entitled "Understanding Our Past. Moulding Our Future".
Josephite bridge to the future (Josephite Media Release, 30/4/07)
LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Australian-New Zealand Federation of Sisters of St Joseph
Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart
Sisters of St Joseph of Lochinvar
Sisters of St Joseph, Perthville
Historic meeting of separated Josephites (CathNews, 9/5/06)
' Black Joeys' to meet in Hunter Valley (CathNews, 15/4/05)
1 May 2007