- St Brigid’s, Quirindi
Religious Communities throughout the Parish’s history
- Josephite Sisters – 1888
Sisters of St Joseph
Before 1887, Quirindi school was in the diocese of Maitland and was served by the diocesan Josephites founded from Lochinvar. With the change of diocesan boundaries in that year it became part of the Armidale diocese. Bishop Torreggianni wrote to Mary MacKillop and M Bernard (11 August 1887): “When you were here last, you promised to let me have three of your good Sisters for Casino. Now I want to secure them for Quirindi instead of Casino. It will be a portion of me diocese in future, and a nice place for your Sisters, forming a sort of half-way house to Narrabri and Uralla, and a very convenient way to break the long journey. The convent and church are already built and furnished… Your Sisters in my diocese give me great satisfaction and they do a great deal of good. May God bless them forever, and may He reward you for your charity here and hereafter.“
For 30 years the convent at Quirindi was the provincial house for the communities of the Sisters of St Joseph working in the Armidale diocese. When the new imposing convent was built at Glen Innes in 1917, at the junction of the Gwydir and New England Highway it became the Provincial House.