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Oil Dedicated to St Mary MacKillop (Patron of Australia)

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The St Mary MacKillop is dedicated to the Australian nun.  Mary was a religious figure, educator, and social reformer.  She was the first Australian beatified by the Catholic Church. Also, she was the first Australian to be recognized as one of its saints.

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Oil Dedicated to St Mary MacKillop

Prayer:

St Mary MacKillop, beloved patroness of Australia and beacon of compassion, we turn to you with gratitude for your unwavering dedication to education and care for the marginalized. As the first Australian saint, you inspire us with your tireless efforts to uplift the lives of others. We seek your intercession for the people of Australia, that they may be guided by your spirit of love, resilience, and service. Saint Mary MacKillop, watch over the land and its people, especially those in need. Inspire us to follow your example, fostering a society where compassion and justice prevail. May your legacy continue to shine as a guiding light for all Australians, and may your intercession bring comfort and hope to those facing challenges. Amen.

Scripture:

2 Corinthians 9:7 

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

 

St Mary MacKillop is dedicated to the Australian nun.  Mary was a religious figure, educator, and social reformer.  She was the first Australian beatified by the Catholic Church. Also, she was the first Australian to be recognized as one of its saints.

MacKillop was born in 1842 in Australia to Scottish immigrants. Her father, stressed the importance of education. He homeschooled his nine children. When she was 14, MacKillop began working.   At times she was her family’s main source of support. In 1860 she moved to Penola to serve as governess.  It was to the children of her aunt and uncle. There MacKillop provided her cousins with a basic education. She soon extended this to the poor children of the town. A young priest, Father Julian Tenison Woods, encouraged her to continue this work.  He assured her that educating the poor would be an ideal way to serve God.

Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart

In 1866 MacKillop and Woods founded the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart.  Also, she established St. Joseph’s School in a converted stable in Penola.  She provided a free education to children from the area. In 1867 MacKillop took religious vows.  She became the first mother superior of the sisters. The following year the sisters opened schools in other Australian cities.  They also opened an orphanage.  Then she opened a refuge for women released from prison.

MacKillop intended that the order be self-governed.  They were devoted to teaching and charity. She and Woods, insisted that the sisters would accept a life of total poverty.  They trusted in Divine Providence. The schools that her order founded provided secular as well as religious education.  It was regardless of the religious affiliation of the students.  She accepted no money from the government. Her schools remained open to all.  They accepted what tuition parents could afford. This was at a time when the government provided funding to religious schools.

Some Australian priests and bishops were openly hostile to the autonomy that the Josephites enjoyed.  Also, to MacKillop’s rejection of federal funding. In 1871, Bishop Laurence Sheil of Adelaide excommunicated MacKillop for insubordination.  However, on his deathbed, Sheil reinstated MacKillop.

Last years of MacKillop

The remainder of MacKillop’s career was marked by clashes with priests and bishops of the Australian church. After an 1873 meeting with Pope Pius IX, she won papal approval for the Josephite rule.  MacKillop expanded the order’s endeavours and attracted new sisters. In 1875 she was appointed superior general of the order. However, she continued to meet with hostility from a number of priests and bishops.  The sisters’ work was circumscribed in certain cities. In 1885 she was removed as superior general.  However, she reinstated in 1899 and remained at the head of the order until her death.

MacKillop was beatified in January, 1995 by Pope John Paul II.  She canonized in 2010 by Pope Benedict.

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