Mary MacKillop Precinct

Mary MacKillop Precinct is located at Kensington, on the historical site established by Mary MacKillop in 1872. Here she lived, worked and prayed with her pioneering companions,  during eleven early years of the fledgling Congregation, the Sisters of Saint Joseph.

MacKillop Precinct is a welcoming place for all people of all backgrounds. It comprises: St Joseph’s Chapel – where Mary prayed so often, Mary MacKillop Museum – offering an interactive, ‘hands-on’ experience, and Bethany Centre – hosting a range of spirituality and personal development programmes and is also available for hire.

The local Mary MacKillop Walk begins and ends at Mary MacKillop Precinct.

Mary’s legacy lives on here!

Hours of Operation

Mary MacKillop Museum

  • A place and a story to touch your heart!  Click here for a virtual tour to whet your appetite for more!
  • Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm. Closed: Sundays & Mondays
  • High Street Cafe: Weekdays: 7.30am – 3.30pm; Weekends: 8.30am – 2.00pm

St Joseph’s Chapel

  • Mary MacKillop’s much loveld place of prayer and reflection

Bethany Centre

  • Spirituality/Personal Development Programmes – open to all!  Click here for 2022 Events booklet.  Bookings essential.
  • Hire bookings enquiries: Phone: 08 8130 5900,  or email:

Mary MacKillop Walk

  • Free self-guided booklets available from either  Mary MacKillop Museum, 19 Phillips Street, Kensington or  Norwood Town Hall, The Parade, Norwood OR or download the app to your smartphone.
  • Guided tours:  1st Sunday and 1st Wednesday of every month, except January.  Bookings essential:  by 4.00p.m. the day before the scheduled walk.  Phone Mary MacKillop Museum: 08 8130 5910, or email

Spiritual Direction

By appointment.  For enquiries: Phone: 08 8130 5900,  or email:

The Staff and Volunteers of Mary MacKillop Precinct are committed to the Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults and to providing                 a Safe Environment for all.  We have a zero tolerance of child abuse or the abuse of vulnerable adults.