Canonisation highlights

The Catholic Diocese of Parramatta joined the worldwide celebrations of the declaration of Australia's First Saint, St Mary of the Cross MacKillop.

Relive the historic and blessed occasion of Mary MacKillop's October 2010 Canonisation below, and on other pages within our Heavenly Patroness section.

Bishop Anthony's Mary MacKillop Canonisation Message

Watch a Video Message from The Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, on the Canonisation of Mary MacKillop by playing the Youtube clip above.

Canonisation pilgrim headlines on path to Rome

Mary MacKillop descendant Mark Sheehan with children Kiana and Brandon
All relative...fifth cousin of Mary MacKillop, Mark Sheehan, with children Kiana and Brandon.
Pilgrims from the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta who made their way to Rome for the historic Canonisation of Australia's first Saint in October 2010 made major headlines along the way.

The Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, twice featured in the Daily Telegraph and was interviewed about Mary MacKillop's Canonisation by Sky News.

On Thursday 14 October, Bishop Anthony spoke live from Rome with Deb Cameron on ABC Radio Sydney, pre-empting what he thought would be 'moments of elation' from the 8,000-strong contingent of Australian pilgrims attending the week of celebrations in Rome.

Among the pilgrims from Parramatta who travelled to Rome were distant relatives of Mary MacKillop, the Sheehan family from Our Lady of the Rosary Parish and Primary School in St Marys.

The Sheehans appeared on Ten News on its Tuesday 12 October evening bulletin, ahead of their departure to Rome the following night, travelling with 45 other pilgrims from the Parramatta Diocese.

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The family also headlined in the Daily Telegraph and The Australian on Thursday 14 October.

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Mary MacKillop Canonisation News Index

Christmas with St Mary of the Cross

Mary of the Cross a model peacemaker
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Winners of Mary MacKillop stamps

Faith value: Canonisation creates interest in Catholicism

We too are called to be saints
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Associates bear witness to the Josephite mission
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Are we are fulfilling Mary’s challenge?
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'A memory I wish to hold dear for the rest of my life'

Saint Mary of the Cross to watch over us

1,500 expected for Diocesan Canonisation Celebrations

Mary MacKillop Shrine St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta

Catholic schools celebrate St Mary of the Cross

Mary MacKillop - a Saint for all seasons

Ben Hur's big heart helps build Mary MacKillop College in Sudan

St Joseph’s Centre for Reflective Living - the spirit of St Mary nourishing body and soul

East Timor Mission: St Mary's spirit in action

Bishop Anthony and Parramatta pilgrims gather for Thanksgiving Mass

Mary's first miracle on 7's Sunday Night

Saint be praised – the blessings of Mary MacKillop

Declared and defined: St Mary of the Cross MacKillop

St Mary MacKillop’s Sisters say thank you to Australia and the world

Bishop Anthony Fisher’s Rome Blog: 17 Oct

Bishop Anthony Fisher’s Rome Blog: 16 Oct

Bishop Anthony Fisher’s blog: 15 Oct

Bishop Anthony Fisher's Rome Blog: 14 Oct

Bishop Anthony Fisher’s Rome blog: 13 Oct

Blue Mountains woman Mary's first miracle

Xt3 webcast cued for Canonisation

Richmond Parish shares blessed moment with MacKillop Cross

Bishop Manning's CathBlog: 'Aussie battler' Mary misses the point

Mary MacKillop relatives headline on the fly

Mary MacKillop’s mission to the poor still alive in our world

Mary MacKillop's better world for the poor

Flying start: pilgrims make headlines on path to Rome

Drawing strength from Mary's spirit

Mary MacKillop 'An inspiration for every Australian'

"Looking for Mary" Winners

So what is a saint anyway?
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Mary MacKillop – Australia’s first saint
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THE BISHOP’S LETTER: Canonisation of a heroic Aussie girl
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Holy Dollar - Mary MacKillop makes change for the better

Fr Julian Tenison Woods: The Penola Years and beyond

Fr Julian Tenison Woods: 'Father Founder'

Canonisation Parish resources a click away

Xt3 live webcast of Mary MacKillop's Canonisation

Webcast of thousands - Canonisation streamed live for all the world to see

'Search and you will find’ - Seeing Fr Julian Tenison Woods for the trees

CathNews' 'Olympic-sized' coverage of Mary MacKillop Canonisation

Sevenhill wines honour Mother Mary MacKillop

Australia Post delivers St Mary stamp

Final cut: last days for 'Looking for Mary' entries

Josephites in the East Kimberley: As One with the Gija

Gracing the stage: magic moment awaits Parramatta family at MACKILLOP

Mary MacKillop Prayer of the Church

Laura leads way to Rome for Canonisation

The Australian Saint and Her Mother

New Mary MacKillop docu-drama 'superb'

New exhibition tells of Mary MacKillop’s work with Sydney’s poor

Canonisation all relative for St Marys family

Wooden cross containing the relic of Mary MacKillop presented to Sisters of St Joseph

Soul mates brought together in the spirit of Mary MacKillop

Catholic students celebrate life of Mary MacKillop

Nine-week Mary MacKillop Novena

Reaching the People: Mary MacKillop in Sydney Cove

Catholic Outlook: Josephites' Ministry on the Margins

History Channel to air Mary MacKillop Documentary

MacKillop Gala Dinner $1.5m success

The Reel Mary: search for saint on small screen

'We are all called to be Saints'

Mary MacKillop Feast Day a celebration for all

Celebration dinner marks Canonisation of Australia’s first saint

Margaret to walk in the footsteps of Mary in Rome

Having nun of it: top Australian soprano stars in MacKillop musical

Mary MacKillop pilgrimage of the heart

Australia's WYD connection rekindled at Mary MacKillop Canonisation Vigil

Mary MacKillop makes it to iTunes & YouTube

‘Looking for Mary’: launching Australia's newest musical MACKILLOP

New Grant ‘Maps’ Australia’s First Saint

Catholic Outlook: New Missal to include Australian observances

Big youth pilgrimage planned for Blessed Mary MacKillop Canonisation

Special Liturgical resources for Mary MacKillop Canonisation Celebrations

Canonisation Pilgrimage 'largest to leave Australian shores'

Mary MacKillop makes her mark into cyberspace

Reviews & resources

The Mary MacKillop Story: A path to understanding Australia's first Saint

A window of hope, a Saint for our times

Perfect pitch: BLESSED MARY strikes chord for all

Little Brown Book a pot of gold

That Very Troublesome Woman: The Dramatic Search for Mary MacKillop

Mary MacKillop: Soul of the Sunburnt Country

Reflective reading in the spirit of Mary MacKillop