Thought of the day

23 Oct 2013
Welcome to our Province which has missions in New Zealand, Fiji Islands, Cook Islands and The Philippines.

We are a group of Catholic Religious Sisters who dedicate our lives to “doing a little good” in the places where we are missioned. We follow in the footsteps of our Foundress Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey whose vision was based on LIBERATION. She did this through Education, Nursing, Caring for Orphans, Pastoral Work of any kind. Her motto was “The Holy Will of God”. We all strive to live this Charism to the full in the places where we live and work.

The Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny, founded in France in 1807, by Anne Marie Javouhey, are a religious order of the Roman Catholic Church. As Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny, we participate in the mission of the universal Church. This mission is carried out in the context of particular local churches, according to the culture and the needs of the people of the different countries where the Church is situated.

The Sisters participate in the work of the Church in the following principal ways:

  • through education, in kindergarten, school and parish settings
  • through parish pastoral work, in close collaboration with the parish priest
  • through visitation of the sick and elderly in their homes, and in the Rest Homes and hospitals
  • through nursing, hospital chaplaincy
  • through youth work
  • through work with immigrants, including ethnic chaplaincy ministry

In all our work, we strive to reach out to people in need, to help them to a fuller dignity, and to bring them the hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As an international group with members from many different cultures, we are particularly careful to promote respect and consideration for all, irrespective of culture or creed.

As Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny, we are part of a world-wide congregation, under the overall leadership of the Superior General who resides at 21 Rue Mechain, 7514 Paris, France. Our religious congregation in divided into provinces, arranged according to geographical area and language.

The New Zealand province encompasses the fur countries of New Zealand, Fiji Islands, Cook Islands and the Philippines. The headquarters of the province are located at 21 Thirteenth Avenue, Tauranga 3112, New Zealand. The activities of the Sisters are co-ordinated by the Provincial Superior, more often referred to as the Provincial Leader. She is appointed by the Superior General and her Council, after consultation with the Sisters of the province. The Provincial Leader keeps in close touch with the Sisters of the province and visits each community at least once every year.


Blessed Anne Marie Javuhey
Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey
1779 - 1851
Foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny