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The feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop on August 8 will be celebrated by Archbishop Patrick O’Regan in St Joseph’s Chapel, Kensington, which was established by Mary MacKillop in 1876.

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To be live streamed, the Mass will be promoted by the Sisters of St Joseph and the Adelaide Archdiocese through its networks around the country and overseas.

The historic chapel was built as part of a new convent and novitiate for the growing number of women joining Mary in the Sisters of St Joseph in the 1870s. There were sleeping and living quarters above for the Sisters and below for the novitiate.

The Mary MacKillop Precinct at Kensington has undergone a number of major developments since then, including the recent refurbishment and expansion of the museum which reopened last month after being closed due to COVID-19.

Precinct director Sr Mary Ryan rsj said the community was very excited to have Archbishop O’Regan celebrate Mass on Mary’s feast day, in the 10th anniversary year of her canonisation.

“We are delighted that the Archdiocese has partnered with us to bring this special occasion to a wide audience through live streaming,” she said.

“Mary’s story continues to inspire people of all ages and from all backgrounds so this is another important way to raise awareness of Australia’s first saint.”

A number of the Sisters living in Adelaide will be present in the chapel, which under COVID-19 guidelines can hold only a limited number of people.

The live streaming of the Kensington Chapel Mass, which will be held at 10.30am on August 8, can be viewed at www.adelaide.catholic.org.au.

The feast day will also be celebrated in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral at 11.30am.

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