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Feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop

College Chaplain Fr Bernie Thomas ofm & Friar Titus Angga Restuali, ofm

From the Director of Mission, Phillip Davis

College Chaplain Fr Bernie Thomas ofm celebrated Mass in honour of the Feast of Australia’s first saint, St Mary of the Cross MacKillop in the College Chapel on 8 August. The Mass was attended by the Student Council representatives from Years 7-11 and a number of staff. We were also joined by Friar Titus Angga Restuaji from Indonesia.

The cover of the Mass booklets (produced by the Sisters of St Joseph) described St Mary of the Cross as follows:

Mary MacKillop was born in Melbourne (Australia) in 1842 and died in Sydney on 8 August 1909. She took the religious name Mary of the Cross. Responding to the isolation of colonial families, she pioneered a new form of religious life to provide education for their children. She and her sisters shared the life of the poor and the itinerant, offering special care to destitute women and children.  She is remembered for her eagerness to discover God’s will in all things, for her charity in the face of calumny, and for her abiding trust in God’s providence.