Penola day commemorates the anniversary of the death of Julian Tenison Woods, who passed away on 7 October 1889. Julian was not only a gifted missionary priest and co-founder of the Sisters of St Joseph, but an eminent scientist and environmentalist. As such Penola House's overarching value is stewardship. This is lived by the community through conservation, empathy and inclusivity.
This year the House committed to a day of preserving the earth, through conserving water. The House liturgy centered on raising awareness of the plight of communities in drought-stricken areas. Penola House was called to action to support the communities through fund raising and donations of water.