Happy Feast Day
Saint Mary MacKillop
Sister Mary of the Cross
Feast Day: August 8
Patronage: Australia, Brisbane, Knights of the South
Saint Mary MacKillop is the first saint to be canonized in Australia. Mary and her 9 siblings were homeschooled by their Scottish father. At 14, she worked to provide for her family and soon met Fr. Julian Woods who encouraged her to help educate the poor. In 1867, she became a nun and founded with Fr. Woods, the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart (the Josephites) whose charism is teaching, charity, total poverty and trusting in Divine Providence. Throughout the years, she had many challenges with priests and Bishops but always prayed for God’s will to be done. Miracles continue to occur through her intercession.
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