Faith in the Kimberley


Far from the hustle and bustle of Australia’s modern cities, the work started by our first canonised saint, Mary of the Cross MacKillop, is still being carried out by the order she founded. Sister Theresa Morellini RSJ has been serving in the Kimberley Region of north Western Australia for 30 years. She is currently based just over 3000km North East of Perth in the Warmun Community, a predominantly Catholic Indigenous community with a thriving art centre.

We caught up with Sister Theresa to find out about faith and life in the East Kimberley.


Art works gifted by the Warmun community to the Sisters of St Joseph are currently on exhibition at Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) Strathfield Campus. The exhibit, entitled Gifts of the Artists, was opened earlier this month by Governor General Ms Quentin Bryce, and is showing 11am-4pm until Saturday 25 May.

Pictured above: Mary of Warmun, a sculpture by George Mung of the Warmun community is a representation of Our Lady carrying the crucified Christ. The Warmun people have a strong devotion to Our Lady who, according to tradition, gave them their Christian faith through a dream.

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