The Mercy Sisters who founded the school have been a major influence for almost 90 years, with our last Mercy Sister, Sr Rovena Duffy ceasing teaching part time at the school in 2015. The final Mercy principal was Sr Faye Kelly.
The vision of Catherine McAuley, the founder of the Sisters of Mercy, in caring for the poor and marginalised in society, is incorporated in our whole school social justice programs. At St Joseph’s, students come to know that our outreach is a mandate from Jesus Christ and that as am open and inclusive community we take that very seriously. Read more information here.
Catherine called women to give a ‘season of service’ to help improve humanity. “Help others up so that they can help themselves” is what Catherine inspired in others. Likewise, our staff are called to do the same in their vocations as teachers and workers of our school.
We acknowledge and celebrate the Sisters each year on St Joseph’s Day (the husband of Mary), 19 March.
We support locally – Rosies (caring for the homeless), Red Cross, Mini Vinnies, globally – Caritas and the Missions and Australia wide – Cancer Council, organising the ‘Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea’ event.