At the Heart of Josephite Education

​​“I would stress too that the “genius of woman" is seen in feminine styles of holiness, which are an essential means of reflecting God's holiness in this world." These words of Pope Francis might well be a reference to St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. At the Penola Centre in South Australia Mary MacKilllop is depicted with the following attributes:
  • Deep spirituality and trust in God
  • Love of family and regard for friends
  • Sense of social justice and compassion
  • Belief in consensus and cooperation
  • Respect for the dignity of the individual
  • Spirit of independence
  • Charity to all regardless of religion, race or culture.

We aspire to instil these same attributes in the MacKillop Women of our College. I was gifted a powerful reminder of this last week at the annual conference of the Principals of Josephite Affiliated Secondary Schools (AJASS) held in Adelaide.

The theme of the Conference was “At the Heart of Josephite Education". Josephites, Sr Catherine Mead rsj and Sr. Jospehine Huppatz rsj, prompted us to grow and deepen our spirituality as leaders in Josephite secondary schools. Living and leading by the values of inclusiveness, humility and respect for the dignity of others, demands courage and the willingness to respond to the forces which propose a different way of being. This was poignantly expressed during our visit to the Chapel of St Mary, the place in Adelaide where Mary was excommunicated by Bishop Shiel. Despite the injustice of the Bishop's action, Mary never faltered in her love of God and in her resolve to see the good.