There where you are, you will find God

Mary MacKillop 1871

Nestled in the leafy grounds of St Joseph's Convent, Mary MacKillop Centre, South Perth 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.

What’s On

Praying Our Experiences

Growing awareness of God in my every day

  • Theme: “Lent ~ Participating in the Mystery of Creation”
  • Time: 10.30am – 12noon
  • Prayer Guides:   Wendy Lailey rsj, Tina Khan
  • Venue:  Mary MacKillop Centre, 16 York St, South Perth.
  • RSVP:  Tuesday before session date
  • Enquiries and bookings:  Mrs Laura McCarthy, 9334 0999,
  • Save the date:  27 March, 24 April, 22 May, 26 June, 24 July, 28 Aug, 25 Sept, 30 Oct, 27 Nov, 18 Dec

Praying our Experiences is a directed contemplative gathering, with personal reflection time. It uses Catholic-Christian sacred texts, tradition and experience to discern God’s call to us, both as a faith community and individually, in the everyday.

Mary MacKillop Today’s “Breakfast in the Garden”

Come and join the fun, meet old friends and make new ones …

  • When:  8am Saturday 14th March 2020
  • WhereGARDEN VENUE – at the Mary MacKillop Centre, 16 York Street, South Perth (St Joseph’s Convent)
  • Bring:  $15 for brekkie, byo chairs, tables, blankets, umbrellas, sunscreen, smiles
  • RSVP: For catering purposes etc, before 10th March to:  Roberta Scanlan: or 0459 364 872

Meditative Prayer in the Style of Taizé

Meditative Prayer in the style of Taizé

  • Sunday 15 March 2020, 7pm—8pm (Chapel doors open at 6.30pm)
  • Invite:  your friends and pray in a relaxing, meditative way
  • Bring: a torch and a friend!
  • Enquiries: Sr Maree Riddler rsj, Phone: 0414 683 926, Email:
  • Save the dates: 17 May, 21 June, 16 Aug, 20 Sept, 18 Oct, 15 Nov
  • Visit:
The Sydney Store

The Sydney Online Store 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.

Spirituality Resources

Click here for the 2019 WA Retreats and Prayer Events brochure: “Awakening into Communion ~ Opportunities for Spiritual Enrichment 2019”.

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

16 York Street, South Perth, WA, 6151


Contact Us

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.

Contact Form

phone (08) 9334 0999
mail PO Box 593 South Perth WA. 6951

From humble beginnings.

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