Personal story of Australia’s first saint revealed in stunning collection of personal letters. An insightful new book, ‘Mary MacKillop On Mission – to her last breath’, features a collection of carefully selected letters written to and from Mary MacKillop in the final 20 years of her life.
The unique collection of writings focuses on Mary’s correspondence with the pioneering Sisters of Saint Joseph establishing the Josephite Congregation in New Zealand.
Insightfully compiled by Sister Sheila McCreanor, Josephite, educator, author and sociologist, the collection of letters provides a very personal insight into the life and character of one of Australia’s most remarkable women.
“Mary’s letters were not only beautifully written but also incredibly revealing,” says Sister McCreanor.
“Mary shared so much more deeply in her writings than she ever did in conversations.
“Not only do these letters help us better understand the pressures and terrible hardships Mary endured, they also provide a very intimate look into the homesickness, the illness and even the arguments experienced by the Josephites when establishing the Congregation in New Zealand.”
‘Mary MacKillop On Mission – to her last breath’ will be launched by Anne Maria Nicholson, ABC TV news and current affairs journalist, foreign correspondent and former student of two Josephite schools in New Zealand; Our Lady of The Rosary and St Patrick’s parish school.
Journalists are invited to join Anne Maria Nicholson,
Sister Sheila McCreanor, Sister Anne Derwin,
and the Sisters of Saint Joseph
for the launch of
‘Mary MacKillop On Mission – to her last breath’
Friday 12 March
Isabel Menton Auditorium
Mary MacKillop Place
9 Mount St, North Sydney
For all media enquiries and/or requests for a review copy of the book, please contact: