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Christmas 2010: Mary MacKillop - Special Edition

04 October 2010


At one with God

04 October 2010 |

At one with GodA timeline of Mary MacKillop's extraordinary life.

A new saint in Rome

04 October 2010 |

A new saint in RomeMore than a century ago, Mary MacKillop walked across St Peter's Square alone as a young sister seeking approval for her new religious order. On 17 October, 2010, her face overlooked the square once more-this time cheered on by thousands as she was inducted into the choir of saints.

Immersing into the story

04 October 2010 |

Immersing into the storyA number of DVDs, CDs and books have been released to mark the canonisation of Mary MacKillop. Here are a few.

In Mary’s footsteps

04 October 2010 | Catherine Marshall

In Mary's footstepsThe committed pilgrim will need two hours to retrace the steps of Mary MacKillop through The Rocks in Sydney-and another two weeks to digest the spiritual repercussions of their amble through the streets and laneways of this historic harbourside suburb.

Bringing MacKillop to life

04 October 2010 | Penny Edman

Bringing MacKillop to lifeSt Mary of the Cross has become a towering figure in the minds and hearts of many Australians, heralded as a woman for today's world. Australian Catholics speaks with two Australians who have taken Mary out of our cathedrals' stained glass windows and given her new life in the 21st century.

A practical helping hand

04 October 2010 | Ann Rennie

A practical helping handMary's childhood experiences made her determined to ensure other children had the benefits of a loving home and proper educational opportunities. Two wonderful women exemplify what it is to follow in the footsteps of Mary MacKillop today.

A living legacy

04 October 2010 | Rebecca Di Girolamo

A living legacyThe first school Mary MacKillop opened was in Penola, just a stone's throw away from where Mary MacKillop Memorial School stands today.

Patron of the ‘fair go’

04 October 2010 | Beth Doherty

Patron of the fair goDespite the troubles that she faced in getting acceptance for her sisters, Mary MacKillop was singular in her purpose of helping others. If a saint exemplifies the spirit of a people, then Mary MacKillop must point to a faith in Australia that is about education, service, community and, most importantly, a 'fair go' for everyone.

The Josephites overseas

04 October 2010 | Beth Doherty

The Josephites overseasIn Mary MacKillop's lifetime, the Josephites spread across Australia and established themselves in other places like Scotland and New Zealand. Mary MacKillop's call to 'never see a need without doing something about it' continues to be taken up by Josephites and lay people around the world.

The Mary MacKillop story

04 October 2010 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

The Mary MacKillop storyMary MacKillop's life does not just tell us about a brave and determined woman who has become a saint. It also says something important about Australia and the Australian Catholic Church today, and about the vision we need as Australians and Catholics.

Editorial: Thanks to all contributors

04 October 2010 | Michael McVeigh

Welcome to our special Saint Mary MacKillop commemorative edition of Australian Catholics magazine.

The sacred stirrer

04 October 2010 | Ann Rennie

The sacred stirrerIn the slumbering suburb of Surrey Hills in Sydney there is a small park called Mary MacKillop Reserve where kids kick footies, mums push swings and dogs chase old tennis balls. With schools and other institutions across the country bearing her name, the founder of the Josephites, and educator of the poor, has grown to be a part of the landscape of Australian society.

All about Saints

04 October 2010 | Mary Manning

Busting the myths of saints.

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