Mary MacKillop Centre Adelaide is a spiritual oasis in a busy city!

The Centre is located at Kensington, on the historical site of St Joseph’s Convent, established by Mary MacKillop in 1872, and where she lived, prayed and worked until 1883. Mary MacKillop Centre Adelaide comprises: St Joseph’s Chapel, Mary MacKillop Museum and Bethany Centre. Together, they form our ‘Hub of Spirituality, Education and Hospitality.’


St Joseph’s Chapel

Mary MacKillop’s much-loved place of prayer, has become a place of pilgrimage, prayer and peace for people of all backgrounds.

Come … breathe in Mary’s spirit ... pray where she prayed so often ... experience an inner peace.

Discover the history of St Joseph's Chapel by downloading the St Joseph's Chapel and Convent Leaflet.

To find out more or to make a booking download the Group Booking Form or the Weddings Information

MMC Adelaide Visitor Information

St Joseph’s Chapel, where Mary MacKillop prayed for so many years,  is open to visitors each day from 8.30am to  4.00pm.  Come, pay a visit to this oasis in the city! Stay a minute ... an hour!

Mary MacKillop Museum will be celebrating the Sesquicentenary of the foundation of the Sisters of St Joseph. To mark this milestone, the Museum will be redeveloped to a new and  contemporary design incorporating digital and interactive displays.  The new exhibition will capture the spirit of Mary MacKillop and Julian Tenison Woods, and show-case the Josephite spirit from the past to present day with a new exhibitions and multi-media platforms, CLOSED for redevelopment for the first half of 2017 - stay in touch here and on our facebook page for updates.

Bethany Centre offers adult spirituality programmes throughout the year, and is also available for hire by Church-related groups and organisations.

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We are very pleased to present our 2017 Events Programme - something for everyone!

2017 Events Programme 

Our monthly flyer and new events will be posted here - click to download:

Living Contemplatively - 2017 Retreats

For a retreat interstate or locally at the St Joseph's Retreat House, Largs Bay, you can find one to suit you in the 2017 Josephite Retreats Brochure


Booking Enquiry

Please make your booking enquiry in the form below


Mary MacKillop Museum ...

To mark the Sesquicentenary of the foundation of the Sisters of St Joseph, Mary MacKillop Museum is in the process of being redeveloped.  It will reopen after mid-2017 (date TBA) with a new and contemporary design that incorporates digital and interactive displays. The new 'In all things love' exhibition will capture the  spirit of Mary MacKillop, Julian Tenison Woods and the pioneering Sisters. It will  show-case the Josephite story, especially the South Australian Josephite story, from 1866 to the present day.

Please note: Mary MacKillop Museum will remain CLOSED  during 2016. 

MMC Adelaide Hospitality

As we honour and pray with St Mary MacKillop at the 8th of the Month Mass in St Joseph's Chapel, we welcome people to share morning tea together in the Bethany Centre. 

There is wheelchair access to St Joseph’s Chapel,  Mary MacKillop Museum and Bethany Centre.


Bethany Centre

Throughout the year, Mary MacKillop Centre Adelaide hosts a whole range of adult spirituality programmes which are held in Bethany Centre. These are open to all.

Our large, versatile space with its modern self-catering and AV facilities, is also available for hire by schools and Church-related groups.

To find out more, or to make a booking, download the Booking Form.


Visit our on-line shop where you will find  a very large range of resources: cards, medals, calendars, and other St Mary MacKillop devotional items. Books suitable for adults as well as children are available.

During the Sisters of St Joseph's Sesquicentenary Year we recommend our 'Book of the Month' :

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Mary MacKillop Centre Adelaide

4 High Street, Kensington, South Australia, 5068

10 minutes by car from Adelaide CBD.  Street parking only.

Public Transport:

  • Bus # H20, H21, H22, or H24 from Grenfell or Currie Streets, Adelaide. Alight at Stop 11, The Parade, Norwood, and walk south along Phillip Street
  • ‘Suburban Connector’ (Circle Line) Bus # 300: Alight at Stop 9 on Portrush Road (outside or opposite St Joseph’s Convent) and walk either to High or Phillip Street (see map)

From humble beginnings.

The Sisters of St Joseph were founded by Mary MacKillop and Julian Tenison Woods in Penola, South Australia in 1866.

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