IN TODAY’S LIVES OF THE SAINTS AND MARTYRS AUSTRALIA’S FIRST SAINT
Written by Jennifer Snow on 08/08/2017
Winchester, VA – Mary MacKillop was born in Australia in 1842 to poor Scottish immigrants. At 20 she got a job teaching children in Portland, Victoria. Four years later, she movedto Penola at the invitation of Father Julian Woods, dedicated herself to God, and assisted in the opening of a school fashioned out of a stable. Mary and her friends formed the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart, and took the habit. Their order served the poor, the orphans, the aged, the aborigines, unwed mothers, Protestants, Catholics, you name it. After only 5 years, she had 130 sisters teaching in over 40 schools and charitable institutions. Mary MacKillop suffered a stroke in 1902 and spent her last seven years in a wheelchair. Still she was able to lead her congregation until her death in 1909. St. Mary MacKillop, Pray for us!
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