Saint research

1) choose a saint that inspires you

Name:St Mary Mackillop of the cross

Birth/death:8th of August, 1909, born 15th Jan 1942

Canonized:17th of October,2010

Feast day:8th August 1909






Miracle one: A women living in the blue mountains in the Catholic dioese of narramatta has been revealed as the person the Vatican says was cured by Mary Mackillops first miracle.

Second miracle: In 1993,the aged 49 Mrs Evan was diognosed with cancer and given months to live but after returning home constant prayers to Mary she was cured.

Canonized:17th of October, 2010

Feast day:8th of August,1909


When they became a saint:


St Mary Mackillops (info off the card)

Mary Mackillop,eldest of eight children, was born in Brunswick street, Fitzroy in Victoria. Today there is a plaque set into the footpath marking the site. Mary’s parents, Alexander and Flora, were migrants from Inverness in Scotland. Alexander, a businessman, went bankrupt through guaranteeing someone else’s loan, and so Mary and the rest of the family were raised in financial hardship. This experience made Mary very sensitive to the needs of other people; it also meant she went to work at a young age in order to support her family. At sixteen,Mary became firstly a governess and then a forewomen at sands and Kenny Stationers, a business that still operates today as Sands and McDougall.

Information about St Mary

Mary cared about the people who had no one to look after them such as boys and girls who just roamed the streets, children in the country who had no school to go to, people who were old and sick and people who had nowhere to live. Mary wanted more than anything to help these people. Mary went to work as a teacher in a  little country town in South Australia called Penola. There she met Father Julian Tenision Woods who also wanted to do something for the poor children who needed to go to school. Together, in 1866 they began the first St Joseph’s school in an old stable. Two of Mary’s younger sisters also taught in the school and other young women came to help them. On 19 March 1866 Mary started to were a simple black dress and began the congregation of the sister she dedicated her life to doing Gods work. In Adelaide they opened a place for women who had nowhere to live, an orphanage for children who had no parents to look after them and a house where poor people could come and stay. The sisters visited people who were poor and sick. Mary Mackillop was kind to all people, even if they did not agree with her. She died on 8 August 1909.

I chose this saint because: She sounded really interesting and I knew nothing about Mary Mackillop and it would be good to know about her life.



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