Friday, 15 January 2010

Saintly Item on Meridian News

News Item on ITV Meridian News on soon to be canonised Sr Mary MacKillop
Apparently Sr Mary has some relatives in Chichester so Meridian should be running this item this evening and hopefully with commentary on the process of canonisation by Fr Tony Churchill, parish priest of nearby Bognor Regis.

Wikipedia says of her:
Mary MacKillop (15 January 1842 – 8 August 1909) was an Australian Roman Catholic nun who, together with Father Julian Tenison Woods, founded the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart.

Since her death she has attracted much veneration within Australia as a symbol of the strength of the early Catholic Church. She is the only Australian to be beatified (1995); on 19 December 2009 the Vatican announced the recognition of a second miracle attributed to her intercession. It is expected that her canonisation as a saint will occur in 2010. This would make her the first Australian saint. On 17 July 2008, Pope Benedict XVI prayed at her large tomb during his visit to Sydney for World Youth Day 2008.

For more on her in Wikipedia go to

1 comment:

  1. Dr Margaret Carswell21 January 2010 at 19:15

    It is wonderful to hear that the good news of Mary MacKillop has reached these green and pleasant lands! Those who wish to learn more about Mary MacKillop might like to look at the website of the Sisters of St Joseph:
    Mary’s motto was "never see a need without doing something about it." However, in ‘doing something’ Mary was never content to simply work to alleviate the suffering of the poor. Rather, she took on the structures and institutions which kept people destitute, even when it led to her excommunication by the church over issues of control and governance. Mary’s prophetic vision is still seen in the many Josephite women and schools who continue to challenge church and society to bring about God’s reign in the world. It is a sad irony that as Mary moves to be canonised, women religious in the United States are under scrutiny for their perceived disobedience. Perhaps they should take heart from the fact that in 2009, 138 years after Mary’s excommunication, the church declared it was ‘profoundly ashamed’ of what it had done.