Sr Maureen Farewell

We ask the Lord to bless the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart…


The sisters of St Joseph, also known as the Brown Josephites, have had a long association with St John’s School and Parish. This association and the sisters’ commitment to Catholic Education began in 1910 when Sr Malachi Reardon started classes in a small room attached to the church building. Since that time there has been a long succession of Sisters of St Joseph appointed to the parish. Many of those appointed taught in the school, thus helping to shape the school and its community into what it is today.

Some of the Sisters who taught at St John’s also attended St John’s as pupils. Other students joined various religious orders and continued the good works modelled to them by the Sisters of St Joseph during their time in Mullumbimby.

Sr Maureen McDermott rsj (Pastoral Associate) will be the last Sister of St Joseph to be appointed to the Parish of Mullumbimby. A farewell Mass & celebration was held at Mullumbimby on Sunday August 28, 2016. The Sisters have provided over 100 years of service and Pastoral Care to the Brunswick Valley community. We thank the Sisters for their love and service and ask the Lord to bless, protect and guide them into the future.

Farewell to Sr Maureen McDermott rsj

 Special thanks to Kerry Scanlon, Jenny Tucker, Pam Lang, Viv Pike, Tim Bleakley for the contributing the photos.