Vol 21 No 2 2014

Julian Tenison Woods as a Religious Founder: Some Contextual Considerations

Rosa MacGinley


Julian Tenison Woods is well known as the co-founder, with St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, of the Australian Sisters of St Joseph. This paper deals with circumstances and influences in his life which have relevance for his inauguration of, and shaping, this new religious institute to meet educational needs in the earlier pioneering years in South Australia, this followed by his later foundation of a community of primarily contemplative Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Brisbane. His concern for religious education also led to his founding in Adelaide a short-lived group of teaching Brothers. A fuller treatment of his actual experiences as a religious founder is not attempted here, but is covered in a number of publications.