Julian Tenison Woods
The legacy of Mary MacKillop is intrinsically connected to that of Father Julian Tenison Woods, who co-founded the congregations of the Sisters of Saint Joseph.
The Josephite founding story and charism always continue to form and influence the life and work of the Sisters and their associates. Julian’s influence is evidenced in the spirituality and the passion for the mission of the Sisters and their ongoing awareness of and commitment to the environment.
Father Julian is a person worth getting to know. This truly remarkable man was a well-respected geologist, botanist, explorer and environmentalist. He wrote many scientific books and articles documenting the history, exploration and geological formation of Australia. As well he was a deeply spiritual man, a composer of religious songs, a writer of poetry and the first Director of Catholic Education in South Australia.
Some current works of the Sisters that reflect Julian’s spirit include:
- The Tenison Woods Education Centre on the New England Highway, at Lochinvar in the Hunter Valley
- Eco-Education Program (Qld) a ministry of MacKillop Community Services Queensland
- The Josephite Mission and History Centre at New Town, Tasmania tells the story of the Sisters in Tasmania
Father Julian also founded the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (Brisbane) who are now aggregated to the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart.
Links to information about Father Julian
- Fr Julian Tenison Woods “Father Founder’
- 'Search and you will find’ - Seeing Fr Julian Tenison Woods for the trees
- Fr Julian Tenison Woods: The Penola Years and beyond
- Frank Tenison Brennan on Julian Tenison Woods