A story to inspire…

When you visit the Josephite Mission and History Centre you enter the site where a unique story has been unfolding for over a hundred years. It is a story which began with a dream shared by Mary MacKillop and Julian Tenison Woods at Penola, South Australia in 1866. The Centre was formerly the Mother House of the Sisters of Saint Joseph in Tasmania. It was established as such in 1907.

What’s On

Ongoing Spiritual Direction

Ongoing Spiritual Direction is available for those seeking to deepen their prayer life and explore their relationship with God. 

Christian Meditation

every Tuesday 10.00 a.m.

Lectio Divina

 2nd Thursday of the month 10.00 a.m.

Retreats 2024


Hours of Operation

The centre is open to the public on weekdays between 10am and 4pm and by appointment weekends and public holidays. Phone us on (03) 6228 1628 to arrange a tour of the facilities for groups.


Please make your booking enquiry in the form below

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Purchase books, resources, Mary MacKillop merchandise, DVDs, prayer cards and memorabilia

Support our Work

You are invited to donate to the ongoing works of the Sisters of Saint Joseph including this centre. Your contribution will help to support our facilities and programs that do not receive other funding.

Map Pin

67 Clare Street, New Town, TAS, 7008


Contact Us

Access to the front of the Centre is via 67 Clare Street. Disabled access is best via the Sacred Heart College Primary Campus playground at the back of the building.

Contact Form

phone (03) 6228 1628
mail P.O. Box 38, New Town. TAS. 7008

From humble beginnings.

The Sisters of Saint Joseph were founded by Mary MacKillop and Julian Tenison Woods in Penola, South Australia in 1866.