Saint Mary of the Cross was the first to be one of Australia’s recognised saints. Mary MacKillop, or Saint Mary Helen MacKillop, also called Saint Mary of the Cross, born January 15, 1842 in Melbourne, Victoria, and died August 8, 1909 North Sydney, New South Wales. St Mary MacKillop was canonized October 17, 2010 and her feast day is August 8. She was a religious figure, educator, and social reformer. Mary was an independent woman, with great strength of character. She dedicated her life to the promotion of education, especially in small towns that might not otherwise have had a school. Mary's Josephite spirit lives on in our schools here too through her famous motto 'Never see a need without doing something about it.'
Find out more
Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart Here
Prayers - Scripture Here
Marys pilgrim energy- the torch bearer Here
Mary MacKillop's prayer Here
St Mary MacKillop daily thoughts for this week from the perpetual calendar from www.sosj.org.au
1 August God will take care of you. (10.3.1874)
2 August How very good God is to us all. (2.8.1870)
3 August Pray …. with great and humble faith. (2.6.1890) (Sudden death of Mother Bernard whilst Mary MacKillop was visiting the Sisters in New Zealand, 1898.)
4 August Patience and God will reward you all the more in the end. (4.8.1874)
5 August God is watching over you. (4.7.1876)
6 August Dear friend, put your trust in God, and keep up for the sake of those depending upon you. (6.8.1895)
7 August There must be charity and gentleness towards the erring of others. (7.8.1888)
8 August God is good. (8.8.1894) Death of Mary MacKillop, Sydney, 8.8.1909
Main image from Mary MacKillop College Warnervale NSW, Australia.