In the Footsteps of Mary MacKillop – Bookings for Pilgrimage Now Open

Sr Annie Bond with statue of Mary MacKillop outside the Mary MacKillop Memorial Chapel, North Sydney.

Bookings are now open for pilgrims to participate in the popular Australian National Pilgrimage: In the Footsteps of Mary MacKillop run by Mary MacKillop Place and the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart.

The next pilgrimage will be running from 17 – 28 October 2023 and will visit many places associated with Mary MacKillop’s life and ministry in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales.

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Mary MacKillop With Us

Statue by sculptor Judith Rolevink, located outside the Mary MacKillop Memorial Chapel at Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney NSW.

We invite you to view a poem on Mary MacKillop by Covenant Josephite, Rosa Davila.

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Mary MacKillop goes to Rome

To celebrate 150 years since Mary MacKillop embarked on her first overseas journey (March 1873 – December 1874), the Sisters of Saint Joseph share reflections and details from Mary’s travels to and from Europe – sourced from Mary’s letters and Congregational Archives as she visits Italy, Germany, Scotland and Ireland.

“I am going to Rome… and I go full of hope!” Thus, wrote Mary MacKillop to her sisters on 25 March 1873. It reads like a simple statement but hides a wealth of grief, anxiety, hope and a profound trust in the Providence of God, her good God whose “adorable will” she encourages her sisters to accept in “humble submission… and in all circumstances whether pleasing or not to your natural inclinations”.[1]

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MacKa Moments for Lent

Photo by Aaron Burden.

MacKa Moments (MacKa short for Mary MacKillop) are short, candid videos about moments in Mary MacKillop’s life by Sr Rita Malavisi.

For the season of Lent, Sr Rita will create and share MacKa Moments and release them weekly.

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Reporting on the Vagaries of Life

Founders of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, Mary MacKillop and Father Julian Tenison Woods.

Report cards have always been a source of consternation for teachers, parents, and students of all ages.

People familiar with Mary MacKillop’s Portland story would remember the furore that arose from the efforts of Mr Cusack to impress the school inspector with some clever behind the scenes prompting and a quick switch of the more able students from Mary’s and Mary’s sister Annie’s classes. All to no avail when his deceit was uncovered. Strangely enough when Mary’s father Alexander exposed his folly loudly and vociferously through the local paper, the consequences fell down on Mary’s shoulders.

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Continual Good Light

Photo by Shutterstock.

Recently, my brain has lit up like a lightbulb through counselling study, and the latest New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC) and National Centre for Religious Studies (NCRS) documents. It has been fascinating to define sexuality, and it’s led me to reflect…

How does it link with Christianity and Saint Mary MacKillop?

Why is understanding sexuality important?

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Alexander MacKillop – Father of Mary MacKillop

Grave of Alexander MacKillop in Hamilton, Victoria.

Mary MacKillop’s father Alexander MacKillop was born in the Lochaber district of Scotland in 1812. He died in Hamilton, Victoria (VIC) on 19 December 1868 and is buried there.

Alexander had studied for the priesthood in Rome and for a short time in his homeland in Scotland. However, as he said, “it was not God’s will that I be a priest”, and so in 1838 he migrated to Australia to start a new life.

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Remembering the Beatification of Mary MacKillop

Beatification Ceremony at Randwick Racecourse.

The Beatification of Mary MacKillop was a historical time for Australians. The naming of a saint born and raised in Australia brought great joy, not only to Catholics, but to many others who had come to know and admire her.

Weatherwise, 19 January 1995 was grey, threatening to rain. In contrast, the prevailing atmosphere was one of pure happiness. You felt it everywhere! This positive atmosphere had also been at the magnificent vigil-concert/display at the Sydney Domain the evening before.

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