Catholic Identity

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In the midst of a rapidly changing cultural, ecclesial and educational landscape, St Agnes is committed to ensuring a vital and tangible Catholic identity is reflected across every aspect of our school. Brisbane Catholic Education defines Catholic identity as the way in which the Gospel of Jesus is given living expression throughout each school community. A contemporary Catholic Identity is borne of the encounter between faith, life and culture. It deeply permeates structures, processes, relationships and the learning and teaching context in a way that offers all students lifelong meaning and purpose. 

What is our vision for a Strong Catholic identity? 

We aspire to strengthen capacity to lead, engage and teach with a re-contextualised Catholic worldview that permeates all structures, processes, relationships and learning and teaching contexts. 

The four key dimensions of Catholic Identity are: 

Josephite Charism

​St Agnes Catholic Primary School has been intimately associated with the Josephite Charism since Fr John Rosenskjar, then Parish Priest of the St Agnes Parish, asked the Sisters of St Joseph to found the school in 1962. Fr Rosenskjar knew the spirit of the Sisters would provide an excellent foundation for Catholic education in the area. Josephite Sisters lived on the school grounds, led the school as Principals until 1985, and continued to teach in the school until 1992. 


​The Sisters of St Joseph are affectionately known as the Josephites or the ‘Brown Joeys’ (as earlier they wore brown habits). There are still about 850 Sisters living and ministering throughout Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Peru, East Timor, Scotland and Brazil. 

The Josephites were founded in Penola, South Australia in 1866 by an Australian woman Mary MacKillop, and an English priest Reverend Julian E Tenison Woods. 

More information about the history of the Josephite Charism at St Agnes can be found here.​​

To find out more about the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart visit their website.