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Tuesday, 16 August 2016 11:50

A Running Jump: Josephites mark 150 years of history

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josephite justice office logo 150(16 August 2016) A Justice and Mission conference entitled: A Running Jump will be their focus this week, as Josephites continue to mark 150 years since their foundation.

In a clear sign of solidarity with those who have been pushed to the edges of our society and world, the conference will explore, with some of the country’s foremost thinkers and activists (including Paul Bongiorno, Robert Manne and Patrick Dodson), the call to continue Mary MacKillop’s legacy of standing with those who are most vulnerable.

“This is a critical time in our history,” said Sr Monica Cavanagh, Congregational leader of the Sisters of St Joseph. “In 1866, our founders leapt into an unknown future and into unfamiliar territory. Their courage led them to become a voice for those at the periphery of the society. This conference will challenge us, I believe, to reflect on the injustices and possibilities of this time, and to imagine, create and take action in working together for a better world.”

The Conference will take place at Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney on Wednesday and Thursday, the 17th and 18th of August. Areas covered will include care of earth, indigenous justice, issues related to asylum seekers and refugees, West Papua, the missing border in the Timor Sea, human trafficking and the growing gaps between rich and poor. Each of these reminds us that we are faced today with radical choices – any of which promises to make tomorrow look nothing like yesterday.

“We are truly in ‘jump time’, said Sr Monica, “when fundamental ways of being, knowing, relating and believing are transforming every aspect of life as we know it. The call is to listen to the heartbeat of the world as we consider new possibilities and prepare to risk the jump.”

Contact: Jan Barnett rsj, Josephite Justice Coordinator 0403 634 534 


The Josephite Justice Office(JJO) is a ministry of the Congregations of the Sisters of St Joseph. We educate, advocate and work for justice, for earth and people, especially those pushed to the edges.