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Our Charism

Our Charism

The spirituality of St Joseph’s Mundingburra is based on the lives of St Joseph and St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, the traditions of the Sisters of St Joseph and the faith of the community.

Our ‘Love is Service’ Motto challenges us to be deeply respectful and compassionate towards others and be aware of and try to meet the needs of all. In the words of Mary MacKillop, we aspire to ‘Never see a need without doing something about it’ and in the actions of St Joseph, we see a foster father who placed his love at the service of Jesus.

Statement of Special Religious Character
  • Wherever we are
  • Whoever we are
  • Whatever we do
  • We are called
  • To relieve suffering
  • And bring hope.

Our motto “Love is Service” challenges us
  • To create a better world
  • To be deeply respectful of others
  • To be aware of and try to meet the needs of all
  • To allow ‘love for one another’ to take the lead
  • To accept the truth about ourselves and others in our giftedness and limitations

Developed by School Board 2007

What is Charism?

A charism is a divine spiritual gift given to an individual or group for the good of the community. Each religious order has a specific charism, a gift to be put to the service of the Church and the world.

Pope Paul VI was the first to label "charism" specifically in relation to religious institutes. He explained that the charism of the religious life is the fruit of the Holy Spirit, who is always at work within the Church.

A charism touches the very core of our existence and colours everything that we do as human beings. It allows us to see things in new ways, and to understand them even more wonderfully. We absorb a charism as we absorb sunshine, and we radiate a charism as a light pierces the darkness.