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Religious Education: Mackillop


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MacKillop House is named after Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop (1842-1909), who was the co-founder of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart. She is the first Australian to be canonised and is well-known for her charity works throughout Australia. She founded schools for the poor and cared for anyone in need: orphans, elderly and friendless of all ages. Throughout life she faced many adversities but always exhibited determination, compassion, honesty, humility and courage. She strived to 'never see a need without doing something about it!'




Mary Mackillop
15 January 1842 - 8 August 1909
Feast Day - 8 August


Ever-generous God,
You inspired St Mary MacKillop
to live her life faithful
to the Gospel of Jesus Christ
and constant in bringing hope
and encouragement
to those who were disheartened, lonely, or needy.
With confidence in your generous providence
and joining with St Mary MacKillop, we ask that you grant our request….(name your request).
We ask that our faith and hope
be fired afresh by the Holy Spirit so that we too,
like Mary MacKillop, may live with courage,
trust, and openness.
Ever-generous God, hear our prayer.
We ask this through Jesus Christ.