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Celebrating our saint


The life and legacy of Australia’s first and only saint, St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, will be celebrated on her feast day this month.

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This year is a significant milestone as it is the 110th anniversary of the death of Mary on August 8 1909.

Around the State many Catholic schools in the Josephite tradition will mark the day in some way to honour the woman who founded the Sisters of St Joseph and worked so hard for the education and welfare of all South Australians.

At Penola, students from Mary MacKillop Memorial School will take part in the 9.15am Mass at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, with the noon Solemn Mass to be followed by veneration of the First Class Relic of St Mary.

In Adelaide, students from Mount Carmel College will journey to Mary Mackillop precinct in Kensington to attend the 10.30am Mass in St Joseph’s Chapel.

At Mary MacKillop College a week of celebrations surround the feast day. Several activities led by the Student Leadership Team provide an opportunity for students to remember and give thanks for the work of the Sisters of St Joseph and raise money for the Mary MacKillop Today Foundation. Some students will attend the feast day Mass at the chapel with the Sisters and on Friday August 9 the whole school community will gather for Mass led by Fr Stan Lim SJ.

At St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral the feast day will be celebrated at the 5.45pm Mass.

Meanwhile, work on the Mary MacKillop Museum at Kensington is progressing well and is scheduled to re-open in December. It is hoped that the new-look museum and the proposed Kensington-Norwood MMK walking trail (stage 2 of the project) will inspire visitors, regardless of their age, culture or beliefs, to reach out to others in Mary’s spirit of care and compassion.


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