Mary MacKillop

On Sunday, October 17, 2010, Mary MacKillop became Australia’s first declared Saint when she was canonised by Pope Benedict XVI in St Peter’s Square, Rome.

The Blessed Mary MacKillop was born in Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia, on the 15th of January 1842. She was a Josephite sister who's mission was to teach and assist the poor wherever possible and she was the founder of Penola College in Melbourne, Australia.

Read the following collection of articles to celebrate Mary MacKillop's canonisation:

Saints back in fashion
The extraordinary turnout of pilgrims to the Canonisation of St Mary MacKillop and five other saints last week has led the Vatican’s spokesman, Fr Frederico Lombardi to declare that saints are back in fashion. (read more)
New Zealand celebrates St Mary MacKillop
Sisters from Mary MacKillop Centre, Mission Bay, Auckland attended several School and Parish Celebrations relating to the Canonisation of St Mary of the Cross over the week and weekend just past. (read more)
Canonisation of Blessed Mary MacKillop
With hearts bursting with pride and humility the Gloria was sung praising God and marking the end of the ritual of canonisation. (read more)
Melbourne celebrates Mary MacKillop's birthplace
To celebrate the historic Canonisation of Australia’s First Saint, Blessed Mary MacKillop, in Rome on October 17th, Melburnians will join the Sisters of St Joseph, together with the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, in the city where Mary was born. (read more)
A letter from Mary MacKillop - 1867
You are punishing me for my long delay in answering your last letter, but if you are well and your mind happy, I have cause to be thankful indeed. I never have cause to be anything else. (read more)
Mary MacKillop - Coin Launch
Perth Mint had launched by Sister Anne Derwin Congregational Leader of the Sisters of St Joseph,  gold and silver commemorative coins. (read more)
Mary MacKillop - A mother's love
Mary MacKillop wrote hundreds of letters all of which give great insight into the life of this extraordinary Australian woman. (read more)

Mary MacKillop relevance today - video
Watch Sister Noelene Quinane, Federation Leader, Sister of St. Joseph (SOSJ) express her feelings on Mary MacKillops relevance in society today. (read more)

Blessed Mary Mackillop
Mary MacKillop has quite rightly gained a reputation in recent times as ‘The Australian Peoples’ Saint’. Largely, this is because people can relate to her. She was one of us. (read more)
Mary MacKillops voting advice
Who would Mary MacKillop vote for at the upcoming Federal Election? (read more)
Tim Fischer inspired by Mary MacKillop
And, always one to promote Australian products on the international stage, Mr Fischer made special mention of the generosity of some Australian winemakers who have assisted in canonisation events. (read more)

Mary MacKillop stash paid off
The foresight of the late Sr Campion Roche rsj, who stashed Mary MacKillop’s belongings for safekeeping, will be rewarded. (read more)

Mary MacKillop - A saint of our time
The Church does not make a saint – it recognises a saint. Canonisation is the declaration by the Pope that a Catholic Christian is actually in the glory of heaven, intercedes for us before the Lord and is to be publicly venerated by the whole Church. (read more)
The Columban Art Calendar features Mary MacKillop
The Columban Art Calendar has been a popular part of Catholic life in Australian and New Zealand homes for over 90 years. In 2011, Mary MacKillop features in the month of August to commemorate her Feast Day. (read more)
Mary Mackillop Prayer
We ask that our faith and hope be fired afresh by the Holy Spirit so that we too, like Mary MacKillop, may live with courage, trust and openness. (read more)
One month on
Because of the canonisation event our lives will never be the same. (read more)
Canonisation creates interest
In 2010 the Catholic Enquiry Centre experienced a surge in the number of people enquiring about the Catholic faith, due to the overwhelmingly positive publicity around the Canonisation of Mary MacKillop. (read more)
Final celebration of canonisation
The Josephites with joy in their hearts left their warm houses, wrapped up in coats, gloves and hats and of course carrying umbrellas all heading for Charleville in North County Cork for their final celebration of the canonisation of St Mary MacKillop. (read more)