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.

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   


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.

Taizé Meditation will resume at the Convent Chapel in 2018. 
Please contact 08 9334 0999 for more information.

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.

Visit the Online Store
Visit the Online Store

Spirituality Resources

Click here for the 2018 WA Retreats and Prayer Events brochure: “Living into Mystery ~ Opportunities for Spiritual Enrichment 2018”. 

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:     


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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