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Australia’s saint turned Margaret Hatzis’ grief into joy with music

Margaret Hatzis

PRIMARY school teacher Margaret Hatzis had one of those “aha moments” while standing next to Mary MacKillop’s tomb in North Sydney. It was 2008 and as she was surrounded only by candlelight, Margaret looked at the holy tomb and realised her entire life – literally from the moment she was born – had been shaped by the then soon-to-be saint. ... Read More »

Sarah Bradbury takes one small step towards NASA after winning QUT Astrophysics Project internship

Sarah Bradbury

SARAH Bradbury, a Year 12 student at Mary MacKillop College, Nundah, is aiming for the stars after gaining a prestigious university internship over the Easter holidays. Sarah was one of only 10 students in Queensland offered a place in the prestigious Queensland University of Technology)Astrophysics Project placement, part of the university’s high school STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) internship ... Read More »

Young people’s education top priority for Queensland Catholics

Beryl Neilsen

CATTLE property owner Beryl Neilsen has made it her life’s purpose to give young people living in remote areas of Queensland a quality education. The Catholic woman originally from the West Mackay parish is the founder of the Winchester Foundation, which offers scholarships to young people in rural Queensland. The foundation is named after Winchester Downs, a cattle property near ... Read More »

Australia’s first saint a source of inspiration for struggling families

Sister Marie Dowling

FAMILIES struggling to put food on the table could find hope from the life of Australia’s first saint, St Mary of the Cross. While the Fitzroy-born saint is well known for her battles against the hierarchical Church, Josephite Sister Marie Dowling believes the path to sainthood was seen in her unhappy family life. “I think the seeds of sainthood were ... Read More »

Josephite novice launches new eBook on Australia’s first saint

Jane Maisey

THE life of Australia’s first saint, Mary MacKillop has been captured in a new eBook for children. Author Jane Maisey, who is on the “Emmaus Journey” (novitiate) to become a Sister of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, started writing after she looked online for eBooks about saints and found a glaring gap. “To my surprise there was very little, ... Read More »

Chapel for Mary MacKillop oasis of tranquility in Sydney

Mary MacKillop Chapel

SPONSORED BY MARY MACKILLOP PLACE MARY MacKillop Place is first and foremost a sacred place, a place of pilgrimage. The chapel, built in honour of St Mary MacKillop was blessed and opened on January 19, 1914.  On January 28 of that year, Mary’s remains were transferred from Sydney’s Gore Hill Cemetery to the chapel where she rests today. People come ... Read More »

Students don’t miss a Heartbeat in song for Sisters of St Joseph

Josephites song

FRIENDS, old and new, were encouraged to “listen to the heartbeat of the world” during feast day celebrations at Mary MacKillop College, Nundah. To celebrate its patron St Mary of the Cross and the Sisters of St Joseph, the college launched a new CD featuring a song written by teacher Mary Fletcher. Ms Fletcher wrote the song Heartbeat to celebrate ... Read More »

Enduring memorial St Mary of the Cross opened in CBD

mary mackillop chapel art

    AUSTRALIA’S first canonised saint was a pilgrim who has drawn millions of Catholics with her on her journey, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. In a homily to a packed St Stephen’s Cathedral, Archbishop Coleridge, said St Mary of the Cross MacKillop was a daughter of this land, but a saint for the whole world. He acknowledged her suffering ... Read More »

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