Diocesan Patron - St Mary of the Cross MacKillop

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop
Our heavenly patroness...St Mary of the Cross MacKillop.

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop was proclaimed the Patron of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta during the Diocese's Silver Jubilee Mass of Thanksgiving in St Patrick's Cathedral on Thursday 19 May 2011.

The proclamation of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop's patronage was read during the Mass by His Excellency Giuseppe Lazzarotto, Apostolic Nuncio to Australia.

"The faithful people of the Diocese of Parramatta remember and continue to honour St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Virgin," Archbishop Lazzarotto said in the proclamation.

"Most Reverend Anthony Fisher OP, Bishop of Parramatta, has approved of those people recording the wishes of the community, in consultation with priests and people, to choose St Mary of the Cross, Virgin, as heavenly Patroness of the Diocese."

In his Silver Jubilee Mass Homily, Bishop Anthony spoke of the particular link between St Mary of the Cross MacKillop and the Diocese.

"Not only did she labour amongst us in this life, but she interceded from heaven to bring about a miracle for one of our parishioners," Bishop Anthony said. (see video below).

"No wonder our priests and people overwhelmingly asked for her as our patron."

Read Proclamation of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop as Patron of the Diocese 

Read Bishop Anthony's Silver Jubilee Mass of Thanksgiving Homily 

Blue Mountains woman Mary's first miracle

It was only an hour before Mary MacKillop's Canonisation in Rome on Sunday 17 October 2010 that the identity of Mary's first miracle was revealed as a woman living in the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta.

Channel 7's Sunday Night program revealed Blue Mountains woman Veronica Hopson - whose complete recovery from acute myeloblastic leukaemia in the early 1960s (without scientific explanation and through prayers to Mary MacKillop) - was the miracle accepted by the Vatican in 1993 which led to Mary's 1995 beatification.

Diagnosed in 1961, Mrs Hopson (then aged 23) was given weeks to live. Mrs Hopson turned 73 in 2010.

Watch Sunday Night's exclusive interview by playing the above clip.

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Blue Mountains woman Mary's first miracle

The Catholic Diocese of Parramatta joined the worldwide celebrations of the declaration of Australia's First Saint, St Mary of the Cross MacKillop in October 2010.

Relive the historic and blessed occasion of Mary MacKillop's Canonisation via the lefthand side menu on this page.