Australian National Pilgrimage

The National Pilgrimage, ‘In the footsteps of Saint Mary MacKillop’, goes to many places associated with Mary MacKillop’s life and ministry.

This is a unique opportunity for participants to absorb some of the aspects of her life and appreciate anew her role as our Australian Saint.

The notion of going on a pilgrimage and being a pilgrim is a very ancient one that belongs to the spiritual tradition of all great faiths.

Places of pilgrimage beckon people to touch and get caught up in the atmosphere and spiritual realities that belong to their origins. However, it is not only the site that takes people deep into the heart of their faith, but the journey itself.

A pilgrimage is a very personal experience but it is usually a journey with others: seeking, listening, reflecting and seeing the hand of God at work in our own lives.

This Australian Pilgrimage, begins in East Melbourne on 23 October – 3 November, goes to many of the places associated with Mary MacKillop’s life and ministry and concludes at Mary MacKillop Place North Sydney.

It is a unique opportunity for participants to absorb some of the aspects of her life and appreciate her role as our Australian Saint.

National Pilgrimage Brochure 2018

2018 Application Form

Some of the places included on the pilgrimage are shown below:

Alma Cottage at Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney

Waverley Cemetery Sydney – The Grave of Fr Julian Tenison Woods.

Portland Church: It was during Mary’s time in Portland (she was Sacristan in this Church) that her call to religious life became clear.

The Stable at Bayview House Portland provided accommodation for Fr Woods on his travels through the area.

Woods MacKillop Schoolhouse, Penola SA.

Interpretive Centre in Penola, SA.

It was in this Church at Port Adelaide in 1867 that Mary and Rose Cunningham were introduced to the people of Adelaide for the first time.

Franklin St Chapel Adelaide SA Mary MacKillop was excommunicated by Bishop Sheil in 1871.

Morphet Vale Church SA: This is where Mary’s sentence of ex-comunication was lifted in 1872.

Hamilton, Victoria. The grave of Mary’s father.

The Sisters of Saint Joseph will lead the Pilgrimage and provide input at the significant sites in Mary’s life. Opportunity for prayer and reflection is provided at these special places in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. For further information about the National Pilgrimage contact the pilgrimage co-ordinator in:

NSW: Sr Therese Leydon rsj 0417 683123

Victoria: Garry McLean 03 9926 9310

Queensland: Sr Genevieve Carroll rsj 0457 978 683

Western Australia: Laura McCarthy 08 9334 0999

South Australia: Rebecca Reiner 08 8130 5900

Page last updated May 2018