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Second Miracle Attributed to Blessed Mary MacKillop's Intercession - Way Opens for her Canonisation

20 Dec 2009

by Fr Robert Cross

The Vatican web-site has made the following announcement: (translated from Italian by Fr R Cross)

Promulgation of decree of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints

Today, 19 December 2009, the Holy Father, Benedict XVI has received in a private audience His Excellency Monsignor Angelo Amato SDB, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. In the course of the audience the Holy Father has authorised the Congregation to promulgate the decrees regarding . . . a miracle, attributed to the intercession of the Blessed Mary of the Cross MacKillop (Mary Helen), foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart; born the 15 January 1842 in Fitzroy (Australia) and died the 8 August 1909 in Sydney (Australia)




 Left: Blessed Mary MacKillop soon to be St Mary of the Cross MacKillop!



The promulgation of this decree opens the way for Blessed Mary MacKillop to be canononised as Australia's first saint sometime in 2010.








Left: Sr Julia with the statue of St Jospeh the Carpenter in the newly re-opened St Mary's Cathedral. Sr Julia was a cabinet maker before entering the Sisters of St Joseph Photo Fr R Cross





The Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart were first established in Western Australia in the Parish of Northampton in 1887 at the invitation of Bishop Gibney.












Left: Parish Church of Sancta Maria in Ara Coeli













Above: Convent of the Sacred Heart, Northampton