The Sisters of Saint Joseph have come a long way since this facility was opened, and plenty has changed here too!
MacKillop House was formerly known as St Joseph's House of studies. The facility was built in 1969 as a residence for Josephite Sisters completing tertiary qualifications at various universities and colleges in Canberra.
In 1990, the Goulburn Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph, considering the needs of country families, took the decision to use the facility to provide accommodation for young rural women in their first year of tertiary study.
For many years, the Sisters made an important contribution to empowering women in seeking their educational goals, by providing a homely environment in which they have the opportunity to be successful in their course of study. The house was renamed MacKillop House in 2007 to mark the beginning of a new phase in its history.
However, in 2019 issues of future sustainability became pressing, and in August it was with great regret that closure of MacKillop House as a residence for tertiary students was announced by Sr MaryEllen O’Donoghue rsj, Regional Leader for the NSW Region of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart.
After 30 years of serving the community and young women seeking tertiary studies in Canberra, the Sisters of Saint Joseph will close the doors to MacKillop House as a residence at the end of the 2019 academic year.
Future use of the facility is presently under further discussion, with further announcements expected towards the end of 2019.