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St Mary of the Cross - Caleb, 10C

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Caleb Binns

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St Mary 'of the Cross' MacKillop
Mary MacKillop's Journey
Mary MacKillop is the traveler on the journey of her life of creating education opportunities for children in Australia and New Zealand.
Mary MacKillop was born in Fitzroy, Melbourne (back then known as Newtown) on 15 January, 1842. Some of her first jobs were looking after children, and that's where her passion for teaching began.
Mary's goal was originally to teach children, however it developed throughout her life to set up Catholic Education for every young person throughout Australia.
We must teach more by example than by word
- Mary MacKillop (1867)
Mary met Fr Julian Tenison Woods while looking after relatives in Penola, and together they started their first school for poor children. They later founded the 'Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart' (commonly knows as the Josephite Sisters).
"Never see a need without doing something about it"
Mary and her order of sisters followed the path set by God, out into the countryside to find places where children didn't have any education. This path took them all over Australia, and even into New Zealand.
Mary used God's love and her faith to help overcome the challenges she faced. Some of the challenges she faced were huge, and without her faith in God's love, she wouldn't have been able to carry out her goals.
Obstacles and Challenges
Some of the obstacles and challenges Mary faced were huge! The biggest was her being excommunicated from the Catholic Church, reportedly because of an act of revenge. This is because her and her sisters uncovered a case of abuse by an Irish priest, causing him to be sent home. He told many lies about her to the Bishop of Adelaide, causing an argument between Mary and the Bishop.
During her excommunication she stayed with a Jewish family, as she was forbidden to have any contact with anyone in the Catholic Church.
Eventually, with the help of God's guidence, the Bishop realised that he had been wrong to excommunicate Mary. So, just before he died, he lifted the excommunication and Mary was restored as a Catholic Sister.
Family and
Cultural Background
Born: Lachaber, Scotland
- 1812
Died: Hamilton, New Zealand
- 1868 (aged 56)

Born: Fort William, Scotland
- 1816
Died: Eden, NSW Australia
- 1886 (aged 70)
Mary's Mother
Mary's Father
Flora Mackillop died in 1886 due to the SS Ly-ee-Moon shipwreck tragedy. The boat crashed into rocks under a lighthouse and the ship broke into two sections.
The tragedy killed many of the 55 passengers and 41 crew.
Interesting Facts
Alexander MacKillop studied to become a priest in Rome at the age of 13, but decided instead of becoming a priest to go to Australia.
In Melbourne he became a close friend of Fr Geoghegan - the first Melbourne priest. He helped to set up a Catholic community there.
Born: Fitzroy, Melbourne
- 15 January 1842
Died: North Sydney, Australia
- 8 August 1909 (aged 67)
Born: 1843
Died: 1872
Born: 1845
Died: 1867
Born: 1848
Died: 1929
Born: 1850
Died: 1882
Born: 1853
Died: 1925
Lexie also became a Josephite with Mary.
Donald became a Jesuit priest and worked with Aborigines in the Northern Territory.
Born: 1846
Died: 1847
Alick died at the age of 11 months
Born: 1857
Died: 1878
Family Influences
Mary was brought up in a Catholic family, and this helped her to make the decision to become a sister and serve God.
When she was younger, her family were struggling financially. To help, she worked for her aunty and uncle looking after their children. This helped her to make the decision to teach and help younger people.
Influences, Education and Vocation
Mary was educated and private schools and by her father.
Fr. Woods
While living in Penola looking after her Aunty and Uncle's children, she met Fr. Julian Woods. He would become her biggest mentor in how she set up the Josephite sisters, and how she taught.
Faith and Spiritual Development
Do all you can with the means at your disposal, and calmly leave the rest to God.
- Mary MacKillop (1891)
As Mary got further along on her life journey, her faith in God developed significantly. She put her trust in God, and when things didn't go right, God comforted her and made her feel better.
This quote tells us that you can just do whatever you can, and God will guide us and provide for us when we need it most.
Compassion and Reconciliation
During her life, Mary faced much opposition from outside of the church and within. People wrongly accused her of many things (such as lies told before her excommunication), and some people undermined her work. However, she took all of this in her stride and forgave them. She didn't want to show any revenge, but only wanted to keep helping other people.
Mary showed many acts of compassion throughout her life. She never hesitated helped anyone in need. She never cared who they were, just that they needed help. Her free Catholic schools were open for everyone who couldn't afford an education.
First School
In 1866 Mary and Fr. Woods set up their first school in Penola, South Australia. This was because of the lack of Catholic Education in the area. This was Australia's first free school, and sparked the chain that would lead to many more schools set up by Mary MacKillop and her sisters.
The Josephites
Later that year, many other women joined Mary and her sister, Lexie. They started calling themselves 'Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart', also known as 'The Josephites'. They went to many places and set up schools, providing education for those in need of it.
Significant Achievements
Mary started her first job at a stationary store to help provide for her family
She moved to Penola, South Australia to look after and teach her cousins
Started her first job teaching at a school in Penola
Opened her first school (of many) with Fr. Woods
Declared Dedication to God
Became a nun and took the name Sister Mary of the Cross
Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart (Josephites) established
Josephites expanded to Queensland
130 Josephite Sisters in 40 schools in SA and QLD
Mary allowed back into Catholic Church after excommunication
Went to Rome to seek official approval of the work the Josephites do
Returns from overseas with 15 new Josephites from Ireland
Order established in Temuka, New Zealand

After Death:
Beatified by Pope John Paul II
Canonised as St Mary of the Cross, Australia's first Saint
Contribution to Life in New Zealand
Since 1883 when the Order of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart established in New Zealand, the Josephites have done many things to enhance Catholic education here. They have set up Catholic schools in all parts of the country, and this has branched from the work of Mary MacKillop.
One of these schools was St Peter Chanel in Motueka. It oped in 1957 by the Josephite sisters to cater for Catholic children who lived too far away from the Catholic school in Nelson.
Inspiration of Others
How I have used Compassion and Reconciliation
How Mary MacKillop has Inspired Me
Where the Josephites operate now...

In my life I have used compassion when someone needed help and I helped them. One way of helping has been through Slum City and Project Compassion, by donating time and money to help those in need in the Solomon Islands.

I have used reconciliation when someone has hurt me and I forgave them.
I believe that Mary MacKillop has inspired many people to do the best they can to help others. I think that this is because people have seen what a difference one person has made to the world, and that if more people strive to make a difference then the world will be a better place.
Never see a need without doing something about it.
- Mary MacKillop
Mary MacKillop has inspired me to put all of my trust in God. With God's faith, I can help to make the world a better place to be.
She has inspired me to help those in need, by doing what I can to help those that need it most.
Most of all, she has inspired me to take a chance, and do what I believe is best for the world.
Courage, courage, trust in God who helps you in all things.
- Mary MacKillop
Josephite Logo - http://www.sosj.org.au/spirituality/index.cfm?loadref=36
Slide 2: http://www.marypages.com/MaryMacKillop.htm
Slide 3: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Catholicism_in_Australia
Slide 4: http://www.ezilon.com/maps/oceania/australia-maps.html
Slide 5: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-02-15/mackillop-stable-school-dig/3832064
Slide 6: http://www.parra.catholic.org.au/diocesan-patron-st-mary-mackillop/who-was-mary-mackillop-.aspx
Slide 7: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Coloured_map_of_Australia_and_New_Zealand.png
Slide 8: http://stacyjross.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/what-is-gods-love-language/
Slide 9: http://www.au.timeout.com/sydney/the-bridge/features/1867/mary-mackillop
Slide 12: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathedral_of_the_Immaculate_Conception_(Moscow)
Slide 14: http://www.visitmarymackillop.com.au/alexander-mackillops-grave.html
Slide 16: http://www.marymackillop.org.au/_uploads/rsfil/000415_ceab.pdf
Slide 17: http://atributetoaustralianchristians.wordpress.com/2011/01/30/flora-mackillop/
Slide 18: http://www.marypages.com/MaryMacKillop.htm
Slide 19: http://records.ancestry.com/Margaret_MacKillop_records.ashx?pid=44975620
Slide 23: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=111887903
Slide 25: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=111885959
Slide 31: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-02-15/mackillop-stable-school-dig/3832064
Slide 34: http://erasmus.vic.edu.au/curriculum/house-names
Slide 39: http://www.spcmotueka.school.nz/information/
Slide 41: http://www.michaeljournal.org/mackillop.htm
Slide 43: http://www.au.timeout.com/sydney/the-bridge/features/1867/mary-mackillop
Slide 45: http://cherishedheartsathome.blogspot.co.nz/2010/02/our-first-saint-mary-mackillop.html

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God gives me strength for what is necessary
- Mary MacKillop
Mary is remembered for being a compassionate and caring person. Her work in education will always be remembered.
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