Inspired by the charism of their founders, Catherine McAuley, Edmund Rice and Mary MacKillop, the three congregations established homes for children who were orphaned, destitute or neglected and for mothers who were in need of care and support.
The Homes that formed part of these services included:
Throughout the years, the original model of institutional care evolved into different forms of residential care, foster care, education and family support services.
In 1997, MacKillop Family Services was formed by the three congregations and it is now a leading provider of integrated services to children, young people and families.
On 1 July 2009, Edmund Rice Community Services, an agency of the Christian Brothers in New South Wales, became part of MacKillop Family Services.
Today, MacKillop is a leading provider of services for children, young people and their families. We work across New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.
The programs we deliver include foster care and residential care, disability services, youth support, education and training, family support, refugee services and support to women and men who, as children, were in the care of our founding agencies.
In July 2013, MacKillop Family Services officially opened our Heritage Display on the site of the former St Vincent de Paul’s Boys’ orphanage in South Melbourne, Victoria.