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15 January - Mary MacKillop "The First Australian Saint."

Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:13 am
by Max ADU
Australian Birthday Today - Mary Helen MacKillop, also known as St. Mary of the Cross, R.S.J. born 15 January 1842, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia - died 8 August 1909, North Sydney, New South Wales was an Australian Roman Catholic Religious Sister.


Mary MacKillop was the eldest of their eight children in which one of her brothers Donald became a Jesuit priest and worked among the Aborigines in the Northern Territory, and her younger sister, Lexie also became a nun.

MacKillop started work at the age of 14 as a clerk in a stationery store in Melbourne and to provide for her needy family, in 1860 she took a job as governess.for two years.

in 1862, Mary accepted a job teaching the children of Portland, Victoria and went on opening her own boarding school, Bay View House Seminary for Young Ladies, now Bayview College, in 1864,
A parish priest named Father Woods was concerned about the lack of education and particularly Catholic education in South Australia.In 1866 and invited MacKillop and her sisters Annie and Lexie to come to Penola and to open a Catholic school.

At this time MacKillop made a declaration of her dedication to God and began wearing black.
On 21 November of that year, the feast of the Presentation of Mary, several other women joined the MacKillop sisters, Mary and Lexie and adopted a simple religious habit. The small group began to call themselves the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, dedicated to the education of the children of the poor.

By the end of 1867, ten other nuns had joined the Josephites who had adopted a plain brown religious habit. Due to this colour of their attire, the Josephite Sisters became colloquially known as the Brown Joeys

In an attempt to provide education to all the poor, particularly in rural areas and also also involved with an orphanage; neglected children; girls in danger; the aged poor; a reformatory (in Johnstown near Kapunda); a home for the aged; and incurably ill.

During the later years of her life she had many problems with her health which continued to deteriorate. She suffered from rheumatism and after a stroke in Auckland, New Zealand in 1902, became paralysed on her right side. For seven years, she had to rely on a wheelchair to move around, but her speech and mind were as good as ever and her letter writing had continued unabated after she learned to write with her left hand.

In 1925, the Mother Superior of the Sisters of St Joseph, Mother Laurence, began the process to have MacKillop declared a saint

Her canonisation was announced on 19 February 2010 and subsequently took place on 17 October 2010.

This made her the first Australian to be recognised as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church

Re: 15 January - Mary MacKillop "The First Australian Saint.

Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2016 6:34 am
by Max ADU