The Postulator, The Sisters of Saint Joseph, The Archdiocese of Sydney and The Australian Catholics Bishops’ Conference are pleased to announce that tonight (Australian time) in the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI announced that Blessed Mary MacKillop will be canonised and that the date for the ceremony in Rome is Sunday 17th October.
Mary MacKillop will thereby become Australia’s first recognised saint.
Sister Anne Derwin, Congregational Leader of The Sisters of Saint Joseph, the congregation founded by Mary MacKillop in association with Fr Tenison Woods, says the Sisters are overjoyed at the news.
“The Sisters rejoice with the Australian Church and people on this news. We look forward to the canonisation and give thanks that God did bless our country with such a model of goodness.”
Postulator for the Cause of Mary MacKillop, Sr Maria Casey speaking from Rome, says that this news confirms that Mary’s work and legacy has great relevance in today’s busy world.
“Today it has been recognised that a woman can become a saint in the Australian environment with all its complexities and challenges."
“Mary MacKillop is to be listed among the saints of the Catholic Church. I look forward to the celebration of her goodness when many pilgrims from all over the world come to Rome for the ceremony,” says Sister Maria.
Media conference to be held on: Saturday 20th of February at 9 am
At the Chapel entrance to Mary Mackillop’s tomb
Mary Mackillop Place
7 Mount Street, North Sydney