Living Catholic e-News October 2020

A time to reflect on Mary MacKillop’s legacy

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This Saturday, October 17, marks the 10th anniversary of St Mary MacKillop’s canonisation at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, declaring her Australia’s first canonised saint.  
For Catholic, Christian and secular Australians, it was a meaningful moment, celebrating the values at the heart of what it means to be Australian, as well as her witness to the sacred in everyday life. Ten years on, the Sisters of St Joseph invite the Australian community to take this opportunity to reflect on what the canonisation of St Mary MacKillop meant to Australians then, and what it means to us now. (
The theme chosen for the 10th anniversary celebration, ‘Take Fresh Courage’ was chosen against the backdrop of the many challenges Australians have faced in 2020 and is taken from a letter written by St Mary MacKillop in 1877.
Sr Monica Cavanagh, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of St Joseph, said the anniversary was a chance for us to reflect on Mary’s legacy and the valuable lessons her life experiences have taught us.
“She faced hard times and adversity over the years, from her family’s poverty to the loss of many loved ones throughout her life," she said. "She carried on, strengthened by her faith and her determination to serve others". 
On October 16 at 8pm AEST, the Sisters will hold Courage Hour, a global vigil of deep peace, prayer, and reflection. The Sisters invite all who may wish to participate to join the Vigil online. 

See October e-newsletter here