Celebration dinner marks Canonisation of Australia’s first saint


Blessed Mary MacKillop
Leaders in politics, industry, religion and the arts will be among the special guests to fill Sydney Town Hall this Thursday (5 August) for the Mary MacKillop Celebration Dinner to mark the upcoming Canonisation of Australia’s first Saint.

Overseen by chefs Luke Mangan and Guy Grossi, the Celebration Dinner will feature performances by Australian Opera Star Amelia Farrugia and ARIA award-winning singer/songwriter Gary Pinto, who will perform his recently released single ‘Saint Mary MacKillop’.

Special guests at the dinner will include Sr Anne Derwin rsj, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of St Joseph; Sr Maria Casey rsj, Postulator of the Cause of Blessed Mary MacKillop; Archbishop Philip Wilson, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference; Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney; and His Excellency Tim Fischer, Australian Ambassador to the Holy See.

Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, will also be in attendance.

The evening will also feature entertainment and a silent auction, with all proceeds going towards the National Canonisation Appeal.

Funds from the Appeal go towards the planning, logistics and coordination of celebratory events in Rome, the development and distribution of school educational materials surrounding the event and will also assist in involving a contingent of youth and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives from across all dioceses attend the canonisation in Rome.

Congregational Leader of the Sisters of St Joseph, Sr Anne Derwin rsj, said she was humbled by the number of people who want to take part in celebrations surrounding Mary’s canonisation.

“Many thousands of people from around Australia and around the world are contacting us keen and excited to celebrate and honour Mary MacKillop at her canonisation on 17 October,” Sr Anne said.

“The Mary MacKillop Canonisation Appeal and Celebration Dinner will help us make that happen.

“We extend our warmest thanks and sincere gratitude to everyone who can assist us in making Mary’s canonisation a celebration for all.”

Donations to the Mary MacKillop Canonisation Appeal can be made by phoning the national call centre on 1800 753 959 or online at http://www.marymackillop.org.au/

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