History Channel to air Mary MacKillop Documentary

13/08/2010

Blessed Mary MacKillop
 
The History Channel has commissioned an exclusive new documentary, BLESSED MARY: A Saint for All Australians, to commemorate the historic canonisation of Mary MacKillop in Rome on 17 October.

Hosted by Alan Jones, this hour-long special will coincide with the canonisation of Australia’s first saint and will have its world premiere on The History Channel on Sunday 10 October at 7.30pm (AEST), with an encore screening on Sunday 17 October at 8.30pm.

A DVD with special extras including a full interview between Alan Jones and Cardinal Pell will be released by Universal Pictures on Wednesday 13 October.

The comprehensive docu-drama will detail the incredible life of Mary MacKillop, from her humble and often troubled childhood in Melbourne, to the establishment of a school in Penola, through to her vocation as co-founder of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart.

Unfolding against a background of dynamic change in Australia and in the Catholic Church, the years following were turbulent and dramatic for Mary, filled with personal tragedy and heart-wrenching conflicts with the hierarchy of her church.

In BLESSED MARY: A Saint for All Australians, Alan Jones visits some of the most significant places in Mary’s life, as we learn of the mission, the vocation, the trials and the opposition.

Featuring dramatised scenes of the pivotal moments in Mary’s life, the documentary is also supported by an enormous resource of correspondence to, from and about Mary, including thousands of letters written by Mary herself.

BLESSED MARY: A Saint for All Australians is produced by Michael Tear from Bearcage and is exclusive to The History Channel. The DVD will be available at Australia Post, Woolworths and Mary MacKillop Place.


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