Travelling Sisters Roadshow in Tasmania

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Travelling Sisters Roadshow in Tasmania

Launched in early 2011, the Travelling Sisters' Roadshow is a novel educational initiative that raises awareness about the mission of the Mary MacKillop Foundation.

Since March last year, Sr Julianne Murphy rsj, travelling with a number of Sister-companions, has driven across Australia in a brightly decorated mini-bus. As part of every interactive presentation, in every place they visit, the Sisters talk with their audience about the legacy of St Mary MacKillop, and encourage people to live in her spirit, by  'Never seeing a need without trying to do something about it.'

This year, Julianne is back on the road. She's a woman on a mission with just one companion this time: Mary MacKillop, her delightful puppet, which is much loved by young and old alike! In June, after several weeks in Victoria, during which they clocked up 3993 kms, Julianne and Mary crossed Bass Strait and ventured forth into Tasmania.  It was the first time for Julianne. Mary's been there before - a long time ago!

Since she set out on the Roadshow Julianne, a great communicator, has been recording her experiences through her Facebook blog, posting many delightful pictures and messages at the end of many a busy day.

Julianne and Mary’s crossing on the Spirit of Tasmania went smoothly and, thanks to Karen (the gps), they immediately found her way firstly to MacKillop Hill at Forth.  Wanting to  see as much of Tassie as possible, despite the rain, they set off later in the day to view the murals in Sheffield. No doubt lots of heads turned as they travelled along in their eye-catching van!

Julianne was invited to talk with students at Our Lady of Lourdes School, Devonport, Sacred Heart School, Ulverstone and St Peter Chanel School, Smithton in the north west of the State.

These were followed by visits to St Thomas More's School, Newstead, Mole Creek Primary and Star of the Sea College, George Town in the north.

In the south she visited Sacred Heart College, New Town, Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Lenah Valley, Guilford Young College and Sacred Heart School, Geeveston.

Everywhere she goes Julianne spreads the good news that, just as Mary MacKillop responded to the needs of her time in ways that respected the human dignity of all, the Mary MacKillop Foundation is responding to the needs of our time, to relieve suffering and bring hope through small life changing projects. She also meets with recipients of some of the project grants.

Audiences in Tasmania have been enthralled, as they have been elsewhere, with the Mary MacKillop puppet and the interactive sessions which include singing raps, storytelling and many other fun activities.

For further information visit the MacKillop Foundation  (
or, to be entertained, follow Julianne on her Facebook blog (