Introduction

One of the most used, motivating and known sayings of Mary MacKillop is never see a need without doing something about it. (1871).

You can listen to children sing the song “Never See a Need” from a school in the highlands of Scotland, to the suburbs of Lima in Peru, to classrooms throughout Australia, to a Maori community in Aotearoa/New Zealand right through to the birth of this particular song at Mary MacKillop College in Brisbane.

Sister carying child, Sister teaching childMary’s legacy has gone well and truly beyond the beginnings in Penola. Sisters of St Joseph today are a robust group of women working in Australia, New Zealand, East Timor, Ireland, Peru and Brazil and follow in Mary’s footsteps doing a wide variety of works, revealing to all the hospitable heart of God.

The Sisters affirm the growing recognition that, right throughout the world, God is gracing many with the spirit of Mary MacKillop. This is evidenced by so many taking up her call to never see a need without doing something about it.

The Sisters today, as it were, have set Mary free for the world - a world which is in great need of the example such a woman gives - a woman who, despite poor health and obstacles, responded so generously to her God.