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Blessed Mary MacKillop to be Canonised

20 Feb 2010

Adapted by Fr R Cross from CathNews press release


In Rome, 19 February 2010, Pope Benedict XVI announced that Blessed Mary MacKillop will be canonised a saint at a special ceremony in Rome on Sunday 17th October 2010.

Mary MacKillop will become Australia’s first recognised saint.

Sister Anne Derwin, Congregational Leader of The Sisters of Saint Joseph, says the Sisters of the Congregation, co-founded by Mary MacKillop in association with Fr Tenison Woods, are overjoyed at the news.

“The Sisters rejoice with the Australian Church and people on this news. We look forward to the canonisation and give thanks that God did bless our country with such a model of goodness.”

Postulator for the Cause of Mary MacKillop, Sr Maria Casey speaking from Rome, says that this news confirms that Mary’s work and legacy has great relevance in today’s busy world.

“Today it has been recognised that a woman can become a saint in the Australian environment with all its complexities and challenges. 

“Mary MacKillop is to be listed among the saints of the Catholic Church.  I look forward to the celebration of her goodness when many pilgrims from all over the world come to Rome for the ceremony,” says Sister Maria.