There where you are, you will find God Mary MacKillop 1871

Nestled in the leafy grounds of St Joseph's Convent, Mary MacKillop Centre offers retreat and reflection days for groups of school children preparing to receive the sacraments and for people of all ages wanting to reflect on and learn more about
St Mary of the Cross, our Australian Saint.

Irene Villa, only one block away from the spectacular Swan River, provides low cost accommodation for people needing short respite care and is a place
of quiet for private and small group retreats.

Diorama Room

Visit the Diorama Room where a life-size display introduces visitors to the life of St Mary MacKillop.

Visitors are invited to walk through this room listening to the recorded story of St Mary MacKillop and looking at five particular times in her life. 

Stay awhile and reflect on Mary’s courage, faith and commitment as she listened and responded to God’s call in her life.  

Groups of school children love to see and use the old student slates and blackboards, to make comparisons between then and now and to imagine the journey by sea to Rome. 

Opportunities abound to learn history, geography and much more in a different setting. 

Learn about the life of Sister Irene McCormack, the local WA Sister of St Joseph, who worked and died in Peru.

For more information ring (08) 9334 0999, fax (08) 9368 2018 or email   

MMC Perth Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday. Bookings are essential. For more information and bookings, please contact ring (08) 9334 0999 or email

Booking Enquiry

Please make your booking enquiry in the form below


Everyone is invited to come along on a Sunday evening once a month to join in an hour of Taize meditation in this beautiful chapel, a place of peace and tranquillity where so many sense the presence of God in a special way.

Taize Meditation is run in the Convent Chapel on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 7 to 8pm.

There are opportunities to join the Sisters at daily Mass or to enjoy times of quiet prayer.

Visitors can sit in the cloister adjacent to the chapel and reflect on the life of Mary MacKillop, write a prayer of gratitude or petition in the book or be united in spirit with others who have asked for prayers. 


The bookshop has information and many keepsakes relating to Mary MacKillop’s life and writings including: books about Mary’s life, bookmarks, candles, medals, magnets, keyrings, CDs, postcards, posters, rosaries, prayer cards, and much more.

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School Groups

School Group Days

Children love these special days at the Mary MacKillop Centre.

Each day is individually designed to meet the needs of the group and includes stories, activities, prayer in the chapel and lunch and games in the garden. 

It could be: time away from school to prepare for the Sacraments; time to learn more about St Mary MacKillop our first Australian saint; an opportunity to hear the story of Irene McCormack, a Sister of St Joseph from WA who lived and worked in Peru and together with four Peruvians was executed in a remote mountain village in 1991.

Monday to Friday. Bookings are essential. Families, small groups, individuals: by appointment.

For more information and bookings, please contact (08) 9334 0999 or email:     

Irene Villa

Irene Villa is part of St Joseph’s Convent - just one block away from the spectacular Swan River.

Irene Villa is an expression of the Sisters’ mission to “relieve suffering and bring hope.” Sisters receive guests to stay for a few days.

Please note that the Sisters are not able to accommodate guests during WA school holidays.


Irene Villa was named after Sister Irene McCormack, a Sister of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, who was murdered by rebels in Peru in May 1991.

Irene was originally from the farming community of Trayning, WA and was one of seven children. On completing her secondary education she entered the Sisters of St Joseph in 1956.

In 1987 Irene answered the call to minister with the Peruvian people of Huasahuasi.

Contact Information

13 Alexandra Street
South Perth

Phone: (08) 9334 0999

General Information


  • Bus: The 34 bus operates from the City to King Edward Street (the nearest bus stop to the Villa) - and in the opposite direction, into the city.
  • Ferry: At the end of Mends Street the ferry departs for Barrack Street where the free Cat bus goes around the city. There are bus and ferry time tables in the phone room.


  • Parking is available in the parking bays on the opposite side of Alexandra Street. Please keep the driveway to Irene Villa clear as it is the emergency entrance. Secure parking is available upon request.


  • A shared kitchen is available - guests are welcome to prepare meals in the kitchen. 
  • Shops (Coles, chemist etc) are just a short walk away in Angelo Street or a little further, in Mends Street.

The property is a smoke free area and so smoking is not permitted inside Irene Villa or on the grounds.


To find out more information download the Irene Villa Brochure.


Mary MacKillop Centre Perth

16 York Street, South Perth, WA, 6151

The Centre has ample street parking.  It is also conveniently situated close to a main bus route from the city.  Bus route 34 from the Bus station or William Street in the city to the bus stop near the corner of King Edward and York Street, South Perth.

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From humble beginnings.

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

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