Creating a legacy for all who come after us.

The Precinct is set on the historical grounds of St Joseph's Convent, Kensington, Established by Mary MacKillop in 1872, it is here that she lived, prayed and worked until 1883. Mary MacKillop Precinct Incorporates: Mary MacKillop Museum, St Joseph’s Chapel and Bethany Centre. It is a place of pilgrimage, hospitality, spirituality and education.


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 In 2016 we celebrated the Sesquicentenary of the foundation of the Sisters of St Joseph. To mark this milestone, a big redevelopment project was launched. A new and contemporary design is being planned. This will incorporate digital and interactive displays, sound bites, historical artefacts.  Click here to view/print MMK  Museum Information Booklet 

Unfortunately, we've had to close the Museum to allow for this to happen.  Progress is slower that we had hoped, but we know that, eventually, it will be well worth the wait!   Stay in touch here and on our facebook page for updates. Be the first to know when the doors will re-open! 

Bethany Centre is still open!  Here, we offer adult spirituality and personal development programmes throughout the year.  Bethany is a great venue for conferences, staff-inservices, etc! It is available for hire. 

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Our 2018 Events programme is out now- download now!

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

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Mary MacKillop Museum ...

Closed for redevelopment. Reopening in the second half of 2018, the Museum is about to receive a contemporary, innovative update.This will offer visitors a unique, engaging and inspiring experience. We’ll keep you updated!


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

Our events are for everyone!  We offer spirituality, personal/professional workshops, as well as reflection and retreat days.                    

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

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.

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Mary MacKillop Precinct

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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