New Memorial Wall to commemorate Mary MacKillop


St Mary of the Cross MacKillop
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop.
In commemoration of Mary MacKillop's Canonisation, Catholic Cemeteries & Crematoria will launch the Saint Mary MacKillop Memorial Wall at Gore Hill Memorial Cemetery on Tuesday 15 February, in the place where Australia's first Saint was originally laid to rest.

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop was buried at the Gore Hill Cemetery from 1909 until 1914. In anticipation of her Canonisation in October last year, Catholic Cemeteries & Crematoria were granted a license to undertake improvements and maintenance to the cemetery.

The new Saint Mary MacKillop Memorial Wall will offer a beautiful and historically significant site for Catholics and Christians to rest cremated remains of loved ones in the specially created niche wall, where they can be commemorated in the spirit of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. Located in a new quiet and peaceful quarter in Sisters of St Joseph area of the cemetery, the wall features a life-size, sculpted bronze visually depicting the life of Mary MacKillop and the interesting circumstances that led to her recent sainthood.

"Blessed Mary MacKillop's Canonisation in October was a milestone in Australian history," Catholic Cemeteries Board CEO Peter O'Meara said.

"The new Memorial Wall allows us to commemorate her life in her original resting place, whilst also offering other Catholics a spiritual resting place for their loved ones – all in all a great honour."

The Saint Mary MacKillop Memorial Wall will be unveiled in the presence of the Bishop of Broken Bay, David Walker, Minister for Lands, Tony Kelly, Willoughby and North Sydney Mayors and the Sisters of Joseph.

The Saint Mary MacKillop Memorial Wall is another conservation initiative on the part of Catholic Cemeteries & Crematoria to bring Australian burials into the Millennium. June 2010 saw the launch of Sydney‟s first natural burial park in Kemps Creek in the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta, offering a more natural way of returning bodies to the earth with biodegradable coffins and preparing the body without the use of chemical preservatives.

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