The Southern Cross : September 2010
road to sainthood The Southern Cross September 2010 Canonisation feature One hundred and thirteen years ago Blessed Mary MacKillop and four Josephite nuns walked into the South Australian outback town of Peterborough to run a school for the children of local pastoralists. Her influence on the town, north of Adelaide, has just been recognised by the naming of Mary MacKillop Lane. The tiny street separates the St Anacletus Church and the former convent and boarding house of the St Joseph Sisters. "As a school, we wanted to celebrate the canonisation," said former St Joseph's School principal Sister Julieanne Murphy. "While we think Mary MacKillop may have only visited the town for a short while, the school, which started off with 200 children, remains true to the charism of the saint-to-be," said Sr Julieanne. Sr Julieanne, who finished her tenure as principal at the school at the end of Term 2, was pivotal in proposing to the local council the idea of a commemorative laneway for Mary MacKillop -- who becomes Australia's first saint in Rome on October 17. She said students and the town in general were preparing to celebrate the canonisation with a Mass and barbecue and markets in the laneway -- which will be officially opened during celebrations in November. "It gives them (the students) a sense of pride that they are part of this story in history," said Sr Julieanne. Sr Julieanne Murphy's seven and a half years as principal of the St Joseph's Parish school and her invaluable contribution to the township were acknowledged by the Peterborough community in June. Schools celebrate Mary From the Adelaide chapel in which Mary MacKillop was excommunicated to the south-east town where she first taught the poor, thousands of South Australian Catholic school children will next month celebrate the canonisation of Mary MacKillop in their own unique way. Catholic Education Office Religious Education Co-ordinator Michael Vial said most of the 103 Catholic schools across South Australia were taking part in their own school and local community celebrations. He said this was in addition to two major events planned by Catholic Education SA and a special focus on Mary MacKillop throughout this year's Religious Education curriculum. "Mary MacKillop had a huge influence on the development of Catholic schools in South Australia from when she first started St Joseph's school for the poor in Penola," he said. In Adelaide, St Mary's College students will sit and listen to letters Mary MacKillop penned just after her excommunication in the very chapel from which she was excommunicated from the Catholic Church almost 140 years ago. (See front page photo.) "We will listen to Mary's own words in this sacred space as part of her long and sometimes difficult journey to canonisation," said St Mary's College Principal Eileen Young. The chapel was built attached to the St Joseph Sisters school in 1871 at what is now the St Mary's College site. It was used by Mary and the sisters for prayer and reflection. Catholic Education SA will mark the canonisation with a state-wide Catholic schools liturgy at St Francis Xavier's Cathedral on October 18 at 11am. More than 1000 students from across the state will be invited. Following the liturgy, students will take part in a concert and a picnic lunch in Victoria Square provided by the Catholic Education Office. And on October 31, Catholic school performers will share the stage with feature acts former Australian Idols Dean Geyer and Paulini at youth festival "Double M Fest". The festival will be held at the Entertainment Centre and is being presented by the Adelaide Archdiocese's Catholic Office for Youth and Young Adults and Catholic Education SA (go to Ticketek.com for tickets). Mr Vial said: "All schools are involved in some way in this historic moment when we, as a Church, acknowledge this prophetic woman of faith, vision and action." He said, in the Riverland, schools and parish communities would join in Renmark to celebrate the canonisation with a Mass at 3.30pm on October 17. In Port Lincoln, on October 15, students from St Joseph's School plan to walk to the foreshore and re-enact Mary's life. In Penola, Mary MacKillop Memorial School students will take part in an open-air Mass on October 17 expected to involve more than 5000 pilgrims from across the nation. On October 29, its students will join hundreds of youth from Mt Gambier's Tenison Woods College and Millicent's St Anthony's Catholic Primary School for a Mass at Mt Gambier's St Paul's Church. Just east of Adelaide, in Kensington, Mary MacKillop College students will provide entertainment on October 17 at the start of a procession leading pilgrims through Norwood and retracing Mary's steps to St Francis Xavier's Cathedral in the city. ̨ School resources on Mary MacKillop can be found at http:// online.cesanet.adl.catholic.edu. au/docushare/dsweb/View/ Collection-4169 SAINT SITE UPGRADES. 214 Wakeﾊeld Street, Adelaide Ph 08 8400 4200 Fa x 08 8400 4299 firstname.lastname@example.org Visit www.cbc.sa.edu.au An R-12 Catholic College for boys in the Edmund Rice Tradition. Faith Excellence Community Compassion CBC congratulates the Josephites on the canonisation of Blessed Mary MacKillop, the first Australian Saint. CBC congratulates the Saintly name change LANE CHANGE: (L-R) Sister Julieanne Murphy and St Joseph's School students Harry Seaton and Liam Malycha. Anti-Poverty Week Annual Public Lecture After Canonisation: Discerning the need on the margins of Mary Presented by Simon Stevens Assistant Principal Religious Identity and Mission Friday 22nd October, 7.00pm OLSH College 496 Regency Road Enfield. You are warmly invited to a public lecture by Simon Stevens reflecting upon his pilgrimage to Rome for the Canonisation of Mary MacKillop and its implications for working with those in hardship in our local community. Please register you interest by phoning the College on 8269 2077. 496 Regency Road Enfield SA 5085 Telephone 08 8269 2077 Facsimile 08 8269 4178 Email email@example.com Website www.olsh.sa.edu.au OLSH OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART COLLEGE A Girls Secondary Catholic College Riverland Mass The parish and school communities of the Riverland are planning a Mary MacKillop canonisation celebration at St Joseph's School, Renmark, which was the first place in the Riverland where the Josephite Sisters began their mission. The celebrations will commence with Mass at 3.30pm on October 17. This will be followed by a picnic tea and the viewing of the canonisation ceremony from Rome on a big screen. Parish priest Father Stephen Ardill said it was hoped that up to 1000 people would be present to celebrate this "great moment in history for the Australian and universal Church". Other Port Pirie Diocese events include a fiesta at Caritas College in Port Augusta from 3-6pm prior to the viewing of the Rome ceremony.