Mary MacKillop: Soul of the Sunburnt Country


Mary MacKillop: Soul of the Sunburnt Country
Sr Marcia Cox RSJ’s film review of ‘Mary MacKillop: Soul of the Sunburnt Country’

This film reveals the essence of the maxim ‘Never see a need without doing something about it’ as lived by Mary MacKillop and her pioneer Sisters, and is continued in today’s world by Josephites and their lay Associates in ministries such as education, welfare, pastoral care and community development.

The DVD takes the viewer on a journey to places and events in Mary’s life, which is intertwined with connections of some of our ministry involvements in different parts of Australia, East Timor, Peru, Scotland and Ireland. It highlights the great work being carried on in Mary’s spirit through the Sisters and wonderful Josephite Associates.

You are introduced to a group called Josephite Community Aid (JCA) - a community that emerged out of the changing needs in society. This group of lovely, committed, young people dedicate a year or two of their lives to live in community, in the spirit of Mary MacKillop, working with the disadvantaged around Sydney.

For me, the viewing of Mary MacKillop, Soul of the Sunburnt Country was moving as it deepened my understanding and appreciation of the important work and the dedicated, dynamic presence of our sisters and associates in Australia, New Zealand, East Timor, Peru, Ireland and Scotland. It shows the life changing joint ventures between the Josephites and Lay Partners being fostered and developed to help enhance the lives and wellbeing of marginalised people.

To know you are part of a dedicated, caring and passionate group of women is both edifying, exciting and sacred.

We, like our Founders Mary MacKillop and Julian Tenison Woods, continue to work towards empowering less fortunate people to realise their dignity and worth in a world which often overlooks them.

The DVD is in two parts with extra features, including:

  • A Short History
  • Scottish Icon
  • Irene McCormack’s Memorial Garden
  • Testimonials

The DVD can be purchased at Mary MacKillop Place Shop, North Sydney.


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Sr Marcia works as a prision chaplain at Parklea Correctional Centre and recently featured with fellow Diocese of Parramatta prision chaplain Sr Margaret Le Breton RSJ in Catholic Outlook's 'Josephites’ Ministry on the Margins' article.


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