Saint Mary of the Cross (1842 - 1909)

07 Aug 2017

Mary MacKillop was born in Melbourne and worked as a governess and a teacher to support her family. In 1866 she founded St Joseph’s School, the first free Catholic school in Australia. With Father Julian Tenison Woods she founded an order of nuns, the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart. They opened many schools and other charitable institutions, and continue to this day. She was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on 17 October 2010: the first Australian saint.


O God, source of all goodness, who have shown us in Saint Mary

a woman of faith living by the power of the Cross, teach us, we pray, by her example

to live the Gospel in changing times and to respect and defend the human dignity of all in our land.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit  one God, for ever and ever.



The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.


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