Faith value: Canonisation creates interest in Catholicism


St Mary of the Cross MacKillop
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop.
The Canonisation of Mary MacKillop was a significant event for Australian Catholics - but perhaps even more so for those who are not Catholic but are interested in finding out more about the faith.

In 2010, the Catholic Enquiry Centre has attributed a surge in the number of people enquiring about the Catholic faith to the overwhelmingly positive publicity around the Canonisation of Mary MacKillop.

Twenty-seven per cent of all enquiries this year were received during October alone - the month of Mary's Canonsation.

An agency of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, the Catholic Enquiry Centre, offers free catechetical information for those seeking to discover more about the Catholic faith. For those who feel they are ready to become Catholic, the Centre is able to put enquirers in contact with their local parish.

Director of the Catholic Enquiry Centre Marita Winters said that the Centre's advertising this year has proved a great success, promoting the Catholic message through Sunday papers and full-page advertising in the Australian Women's Weekly, one of Australia’s most popular magazines.

"Of course, the positive publicity around the Canonisation of Mary MacKillop has generated a lot of the increased interest," she said.

"We are grateful to the Sisters of St Joseph for permission to use Mary MacKillop’s image in our advertising. We hope and pray that St Mary of the Cross will continue to call people to a life of faith in the Catholic tradition, and that the Catholic Enquiry Centre might respond to her command: 'Never see a need without trying to remedy it'."

Anyone wanting to find out more about the Catholic faith, or to make a donation to support enquirers, are welcome to contact the Catholic Enquiry Centre on 1300 4 FAITH (1300 432 484).


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