The Gift of Maryknoll to help the homelessness crisis

June 2020

The ‘Gift’ of Maryknoll to help the homelessness crisis

The Gift of Maryknoll is a short clip outlining a unique example of how the Catholic Church in Tasmania is uniting to help overcome homelessness. The clip will be part of a three-part series which explores the history and development of Maryknoll, a three hectares of land in Blackmans Bay which has been with the Presentation Sisters of Tasmania since 1929. The Presentation Sisters have recently ‘gifted’ the magnificent coastal land to CatholicCare Tasmania to be used as a site to build social and affordable housing and improve the wellbeing of individuals, families and the community.

The Presentation Sisters, were founded in Ireland in 1775 by Nano Nagle. A small group came out to Tasmania in 1866 and Maryknoll was purchased in 1929. The site has most recently been used as a Prayer and Spirituality Centre with thousands of people from across Tasmania and interstate using Maryknoll for peace and reflection.

The Presentation Sisters are committed to the vision of their foundress Nano Nagle to serve the poor and vulnerable especially women, as well as providing education, attending the sick and providing housing for those who struggled to find a home. The Tasmanian Presentation Sisters, led by Sr Gabrielle Morgan PBVM have decided that that they cannot ignore the plight of so many and not just the poor, with regard to housing. The gift of Maryknoll and the development of the site will enable the Presentation Sisters to continue to realise their commitment to people in need, through the provision of a range of inclusive housing options for community members, with a particular focus on those who are struggling to find a home. The gift of Maryknoll is part of the Presentation Sisters legacy to the people of Tasmania.

Guided by The Archbishop’s Charter, CatholicCare seeks to “foster a love for the poor and the vulnerable, a spirit of humble service, of mercy and compassion for all”. As Tasmania’s leading social housing provider, the development of the site will enable both CatholicCare and the Presentation Sisters to deliver on the shared vision of service and care for those in need.

Archbishop Julian Porteous encourages the Tasmanian Catholic community to work together to ensure that all people have a place to call home and to live out Christ’s teaching “Whatever you do to the least of my brethren you do to me” (Mt 25:40). Across the Catholic Church, organisations such as the Presentation Sisters of Tasmania and CatholicCare Tasmania are collaborating to find ways to assist people experiencing homelessness. The Maryknoll development within the Archdiocese of Hobart, is a CatholicCare partnership project with a range of Catholic Church organisations working together to enable positive social impact. The development and management of the site will be through CatholicCare Tasmania and Centacare Evolve Housing, in accordance to the wishes of the Presentation Sisters. Construction of the homes will include work by St Joseph Affordable Homes, the newly established Catholic Construction Social Enterprise.


Watch the video here.

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The Gift of Maryknoll to help the homelessness crisis

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The ‘Gift’ of Maryknoll to help the homelessness crisis

The Gift of Maryknoll is a short clip outlining a unique example of how the Catholic Church in Tasmania is uniting to help overcome homelessness. The clip will be part of a three-part series which explores the history and development of Maryknoll, a three hectares of land in Blackmans Bay which has been with the Presentation Sisters of Tasmania since 1929. The Presentation Sisters have recently ‘gifted’ the magnificent coastal land to CatholicCare Tasmania to be used as a site to build social and affordable housing and improve the wellbeing of individuals, families and the community.

The Presentation Sisters, were founded in Ireland in 1775 by Nano Nagle. A small group came out to Tasmania in 1866 and Maryknoll was purchased in 1929. The site has most recently been used as a Prayer and Spirituality Centre with thousands of people from across Tasmania and interstate using Maryknoll for peace and reflection.

The Presentation Sisters are committed to the vision of their foundress Nano Nagle to serve the poor and vulnerable especially women, as well as providing education, attending the sick and providing housing for those who struggled to find a home. The Tasmanian Presentation Sisters, led by Sr Gabrielle Morgan PBVM have decided that that they cannot ignore the plight of so many and not just the poor, with regard to housing. The gift of Maryknoll and the development of the site will enable the Presentation Sisters to continue to realise their commitment to people in need, through the provision of a range of inclusive housing options for community members, with a particular focus on those who are struggling to find a home. The gift of Maryknoll is part of the Presentation Sisters legacy to the people of Tasmania.

Guided by The Archbishop’s Charter, CatholicCare seeks to “foster a love for the poor and the vulnerable, a spirit of humble service, of mercy and compassion for all”. As Tasmania’s leading social housing provider, the development of the site will enable both CatholicCare and the Presentation Sisters to deliver on the shared vision of service and care for those in need.

Archbishop Julian Porteous encourages the Tasmanian Catholic community to work together to ensure that all people have a place to call home and to live out Christ’s teaching “Whatever you do to the least of my brethren you do to me” (Mt 25:40). Across the Catholic Church, organisations such as the Presentation Sisters of Tasmania and CatholicCare Tasmania are collaborating to find ways to assist people experiencing homelessness. The Maryknoll development within the Archdiocese of Hobart, is a CatholicCare partnership project with a range of Catholic Church organisations working together to enable positive social impact. The development and management of the site will be through CatholicCare Tasmania and Centacare Evolve Housing, in accordance to the wishes of the Presentation Sisters. Construction of the homes will include work by St Joseph Affordable Homes, the newly established Catholic Construction Social Enterprise.


Watch the video here.