Winners of Mary MacKillop stamps


Mary MacKillop Stamp Winners News Story
The Mary MacKillop Commemorative Stamp.
To recognise the Canonisation of Saint Mary MacKillop in October this year, Australia Post released a new commemorative stamp series.

Catholic Outlook, the official publication of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta, invited primary and secondary Catholic school students from throughout the Diocese to brush up on their letter writing by entering a competition to win one of 10 stamp sets.

Communication was a vital part of Mary’s life and mission. Through her letters she kept in contact with family overseas and with those sharing her mission throughout Australia and New Zealand. Entrants were asked to write a letter to someone important to them, and to describe how Mary’s life had inspired them.

The winners are:

  • Jasmine Achi, Holy Family Primary, East Granville
  • Anh Ngoc Bui Pham, Cerdon College, Merrylands
  • Megan Fisher, Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary, Greystanes
  • Laura Jehdian, Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary, Greystanes
  • Rebekah Leary, Our Lady of the Way Primary, Emu Plains
  • Joshua Madeleine, Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary, Greystanes
  • Brock Muir, Holy Cross Primary, Glenwood
  • Joseph Sabbough, St Oliver Plunkett’s Primary, Harris Park
  • Erielle Sudario, St Andrew’s College, Marayong

No fail, no life 

The overall winner was Jarred El-baghd from Our Lady Queen of Peace, Greystanes, who received a stamp set plus a Saint Mary MacKillop medallion.

Jarred wrote:

Dear mum,

I am sending you this letter to tell you how inspired I am by Saint Mary MacKillop, she was an ordinary woman who led an extraordinary life. On the 17th of October 2010 she was finally recognised and made a saint. In my opinion it is amazing how one lady can teach so many lessons. We have been learning so much about her in class and I am honoured to be inspired by her, and I truly am.

She didn’t have superpowers and she wasn’t the leader of the world, she was ordinary like everyone else but she wanted change so whenever she saw a need she did something about it and even when things were tough she never gave up. Now that is something that inspires me.

She really shows that one person can make a difference. She spread the word of God and showed others how to be like Jesus.

There is one thing she has always wanted, it is equality. To me I try to treat everyone equally, no matter what their race or size nothing matters because we are all humans and we are all equals and that is what matters.

One of the most important lessons I learnt was if there is no fail, there is no life. So if someone has never failed, they will never succeed. So you see mum that she inspired lots of people while she was alive but now she’s passed away and she still inspires lots of people to find the good in them and we will always remember her and she will be in our hearts forever,


Jarred El-baghd


Congratulations to all the winners.

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