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Mary MacKillop Beatification celebrations
Title : Mary MacKillop Beatification celebrations Mary MacKillop Beatification celebrations
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Source : Mary MacKillop Beatification Celebrations programme
Date of creation : 1995
Format : Ephemera
Dimensions : 210 x 100 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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In 1861 Father Julian Tenison-Woods discussed the possibility of setting up a system of Catholic schools in South Australia with the Roman Catholic Bishop of Adelaide, Bishop Geohagen. Tenison-Woods was passionate about education for the poor, and was supported in this vision by Mary MacKillop, whose family were members of his parish. With Tenison-Woods' support, MacKillop and her sister opened a school at Penola, in the colony's south-east, in 1865. A year later MacKillop and Tenison-Woods jointly founded the teaching order of the Sisters of Saint Joseph at Penola. The order grew rapidly, establishing schools, charities, and women's shelters around the colony. In 1871 MacKillop was excommunicated by Bishop Shiel for alleged insubordination, but some months later the excommunication was removed, and MacKillop travelled to Rome to obtain papal approval for her order's Rule of Life. The Sisters were granted self-government rather than the oversight of local bishops. In 1881 the headquarters of the order was moved from Adelaide to Sydney, where MacKillop died in 1909. In 1972 MacKillop's name was put forward as a candidate for beatification, as a first step towards sainthood. On 17 October 2010 she was canonised, becoming Australia's first saint.

Related names :

Geoghegan, Patrick Bonaventure

MacKillop, Mary, 1842-1909

Shiel, Laurence Bonaventure

Tenison-Woods, J.E. (Julian Edmund), 1832-1889

Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart

Coverage year : 1995
Place : Penola (S. Aust.); Adelaide (S. Aust.)
Region : South East
Further reading :
Gardiner, Paul. Mary MacKillop: an extraordinary Australian, the authorised biography, Newtown, N.S.W.: E.J. Dwyer/ David Ell Press, 1993
MacKillop, Mary. Mary and Flora: correspondence between Mary MacKillop and her mother, Flora McDonald MacKillop, North Sydney: Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, 2004
Thorpe, Osmund. 'MacKillop, Helen Mary (1842-1909)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 5, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1974, p. 174
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