Mary MacKillop's second miracle on Australian Story


Kath Evans Australian Story News Story
Kath Evans’ story provided the evidence for the crucial ‘second miracle’ needed to canonise Mary MacKillop.

Kath Evans, whose recovery from terminal illness was accepted by the Vatican as Mary MacKillop's second miracle, has told her full story for the first time to ABC TV's Australian Story.

First aired on ABC1 on Monday 20 February, Australian Story's 'Mary And Me' can be viewed on the Australian Story site.

In the 1990s, Mrs Evans was diagnosed with lung cancer that had spread to her brain and given only weeks to live.

After wearing a relic of Mary MacKillop and praying for her intercession, Mrs Evans experienced a sudden and extraordinary recovery.

Her full recovery became central to the declaration of Australia's first saint.

“People tend to put me on a pedestal and I’m not a person for a pedestal. I’m not a saintly person. I’m just an ordinary person,” Mrs Evans said.

“I really feel blessed that this had happened because really speaking, I shouldn’t be here.”

Australian Story's 'Mary And Me' marks the first time Mrs Evans has given a one-on-one media interview about her remarkable journey.

Australian Story also spoke with oncologists involved in Mrs Evans' case.

“There is no doubt she had a very aggressive and incurable lung cancer in 1993,” said oncologist Dr Tony Bonaventura.

“In my experience I have not seen any patients with Stage 4 metastatic lung cancer being cured long term.”


St Mary of the Cross MacKillop - Catholic Diocese of Parramatta Patron

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