Newcastle’s university is a microcosm of the city’s broader cultural diversity and at its hub is the multifaith chaplaincy, which has a greater variety of backgrounds than any other campus in Australia.
The strong spirit of interfaith support flows through Newcastle like the Hunter River itself. As a bustling international port, the city has a natural advantage. Multiculturalism developed without fuss and the religions of those many cultures flourish amid the dominant Catholic and Protestant strains.
The congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph Lochinvar grew out of the sisterhood that had gathered around Reverend Julian Tenison Woods and St Mary of the Cross MacKillop at Penola in South Australia in 1866 and which spread to Perthville, near Bathurst, NSW, in 1872.