Mary MacKillop Penola Centre
For a truly inspirational experience we invite you to visit us at Penola, where it all began.
It was here in 1866 that Mary MacKillop, an outstanding young teacher, and Julian Tenison Woods, a priest and brilliant scientist, founded the uniquely Australian Sisters of St Joseph.
They provided a free Catholic education, initially for the isolated bush children of Penola. Since then the lives of many throughout Australia and overseas have been enriched and transformed.
‘Little did either of us then dream of what was to spring from so small a beginning.’
Mary MacKillop 1891