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Josephite Mission & History Centre, Hobart
Visitors to the Chapel can spend some quiet time imbibing the spirit of the deceased sisters whose names are recorded on the Memorial Wall. Every Sister who has lived, worked and died in Tasmania is acknowledged.
The chapel is used for personal and community prayer, celebrations of Eucharist and as a flexible space for groups to gather.
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The History Room tells the story of the involvement of the Sisters of Saint Joseph in Tasmanian Catholic Education since 1887.
Both the community life of the sisters and school life are presented through a variety of exhibits which will take visitors back in time to the last half of the nineteenth century.
Father Julian’s room depicts the co-founder of the Sisters of Saint Joseph in his multi-gifted dimensions, as priest-missioner, educator, geologist, environmentalist, artist, poet and writer.
Selections of his illustrations and writings about the Tasmanian environment, its flora and fauna, are presented, as well as a selection of the books he authored. There is a lock of Father Julian’s hair on display. Some hand-writing from his time as a missioner in the Huon area has been preserved.
In this room visitors can listen to the story of the arrival of the first community of Sisters of Saint Joseph in Tasmania, at Westbury in 1887.
Sister Francis McCarthy recalls the voyage of the founding group of sisters and their pioneering work in establishing the early schools and religious communities in Tasmania. A brief biography of each of the five sisters is presented as well as some of Father Julian’s writings about the community and school life of the sisters.
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This is a spacious and flexible space made available to community groups for workshops, meetings and seminars.
The room has a kitchenette with facilities for catering. There is equipment for e-conferences, PowerPoint and DVD presentations.
The Centre has a small contemporary library of spiritual and religious books available for borrowing during opening hours.
The catalogue can be consulted at the following link:
Library Online Catalogue
every Tuesday 10.00 a.m.
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