Mary MacKillop Feast Day a celebration for all


Blessed Mary MacKillop
Blessed Mary MacKillop.
With the Canonisation of Australia’s first saint drawing near, Australians are joining together at the time of Mary MacKillop's traditional Feast Day this Sunday 8 August to raise funds to ensure her Canonisation is a celebration for all.

Sunday marks the second and final of the Mary MacKillop Canonisation National Appeals, with donation envelopes being sent out to all Parishes in the Diocese.

Congregational Leader of the Sisters of St Joseph, Sr Anne Derwin, said the Appeal provides an opportunity for Australians to honour Mary and her lasting legacy and helps to ensure all Australians, including the Sisters of St Joseph, Catholics and non-Catholics alike, those going to Rome and those staying in Australia, can all be a part of the Canonisation celebrations.

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

"The Mary MacKillop Canonisation Appeal 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.”

Proceeds from the Appeal will go towards the coordination of celebratory events, the development and distribution of educational materials surrounding the event and will also help fund a contingent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and youth representatives attend the canonisation ceremony in Rome.

Margaret Farrell, a team member of Aboriginal Catholic Social Services (a part of Centacare Catholic Social Services - Diocese of Parramatta) is one of 28 Indigenous Australians to date who have been offered a sponsorship to attend the Canonisation.

Donations to the Mary MacKillop Canonisation Appeal can be made through local Parish collections, by phoning the national call centre on 1800 753 959 or online at 

The Sisters of St Joseph have also prepared a prayer that can be used by groups or individuals on or around the time of the 8 August Feast Day of Blessed Mary MacKillop.

Download Mary MacKillop Feast Day Prayer Download Mary MacKillop Feast Day Prayer

Celebration Dinner

Tonight, (Thursday 5 August) leaders in politics, industry, religion and the arts will attend a Mary MacKillop Celebration Dinner at Sydney’s Town Hall. Overseen by Chefs Luke Mangan and Guy Grossi, the Celebration Dinner will feature a silent auction with all proceeds going towards the Canonisation celebrations.

Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, will be among the church figures attending the dinner.


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