Skip to main content
Login to unlock Email share
Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop
On the 15th of January 1842 Mary Helen MacKillop was born in Fitzroy Melbourne, at the home of Catholic Scottish immigrants. This was her family. Mary was the eldest of the eight children in this family. One of her siblings, Alick, born in 1847, died at eleven months. The rest of her family lived long lives, but wasn’t a happy childhood. Her father hand many business failures and flaws lead an unsettled childhood. Being eldest she bore responsibility to provide for her family due as her fathers business failures. Mary moved to a town in South Australia called Penola, at age 18 to take a role as governess to her aunt’s and uncle’s children. Mary always wanted to be part of her religion so she became a Sister of St Joseph. On the 22nd of September 1871, Mary was excommunicated for alleged insubordination. On 21 February 1872 by order of the bishop her excommunication was removed. In 1973 she was aproved by Rome to make her own sistership. She travlled schools in europe to learn the teaching skills. When she returned to Australia she went all ariound. She opened schools for Catholics. She opened many of them. But in Rotorua, New Zealand on the 11th of May 1901, she suffured from a stroke. She suvived but died on the 8th of August 1909 in Sydney. it was a long and successful life. The big day came on the 18th of October 2010. this was when Mary MacKillop became Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop. She became Australia’s first Saint.
Mary contributed to her religion in many ways. For example she created a new branch of sisters The Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart. She did this beacause she couldn’t find an order of nuns that fitted in the things she wanted to achive as a nun. Mary’s sisterhood is still around and is flourishing. Mary opened a range of Catholic schools all around Australia. But they weren’t just ordinary schools. They were schools for the poor. Her schools are still around, and more have been opened in her honor, such ans St Mary of the Cross MacKillop College, in Canberra. She also inspired many other Australian girls and women to be nuns and teachers. Also she inspired them to meet with their teachers and nuns to learn more. She puched for the Church hierachy in Australia. Her latest contribution to the church happened after her death. She was the first Australian to be beatified and become a saint. That is a fair contrabution to the church for one woman.
Mary’s achievements are countless. Where should we start, how about at a beginning. She helped to raise her brothers and sisters. That is pretty good seeing as she was so young. Another achievement was getting a job as a governeress. She was made a nun by Father Julian Woods. That is a good achievment. So that ofher few early achievements. Another achievements was she got aproval from Rome to start her own order of nuns. She went to rome to convince them that she deserved to make her own oder. That is a pretty good accomplishment for a girl from small town in South Australia. She had many achievements didn’t she, but that is not all of them. She had opened multiple schools all around Australia. She started as a teacher in her town of Penola. She believed in equality for all of her students no matter who they were. She then decided as a nun to make catholic schools all around Australia and New Zealand for the poor and underprivileged people. The achievement in that is that the schools are still standing today over 100 years after her death. They were all good achievements but her biggest achievement was when she became a saint. She is Australia’s first saint and our only saint at the moment. That is a long list of achievements for this wonderful Woman, and she deserves all of them for all of her hard work.
Mary At Work
Australia's First Saint
Mary was a beautiful and caring. Some of the art works she is in include her standing in the desert holding a joey while another kangaroo is feeding next to her. This shows her off as a woman who is caring for all creatures. All of the art works she is in are bright and colourful. Pictures of her are dark, but this is because when she was around they only had black and white photos. So due to these art works and photos people of the world think that she was a wonderful, loving and very pretty woman, just like all woman wish to be.
Art Work of Mary and a cross
Art Work of Mary
A Young Mary
A Portrait of Mary
A Portrait of a loving Mary with two Roos
Audio File: Continue to Commitment to god.
Video File: Continue to Woman of Justice