Celebrations over Mary MacKillop’s canonisation date

A portrait of the Blessed Mary MacKillop

AUSTRALIA and Scotland both have something to celebrate today as the Holy Father has announced that Blessed Mother Mary MacKillop (1842 – 1909) is be canonised during a ceremony at the Vatican on October 17 (see video footage links below).

The Melbourne born founder of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, who will become Australia’s first saint, also has strong connections to Scotland. Her parents Alexander and Flora (nee MacDonald), were both Scottish Catholics who migrated to Australia. Her father was born in Lochaber and her mother in Glen Roy. Bishop Joseph Toal of Argyll and the Isles shares common ancestry with the MacKillop family.

So there is no doubt that there will be celebrations tonight in Australia and Scotland at the good news, in particular in Roybridge and with the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart in Scotland.





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