Feast Day of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop

Monday 8th August is St Mary of the Cross Feast Day. St Mary of the Cross is Australia’s first Saint. She is the Patron Saint of the Archdiocese of Brisbane and founded many schools across Australia to provide an education to the poor and those in most need. She led a life of great courage. Mary MacKillop was canonized on October 17, 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI.

Ever generous God, You inspired Saint Mary MacKillop
To live her life faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and constant in bringing hope and encouragement to those who were disheartened, lonely or needy.
With confidence in your generous providence and through the intercession of Saint Mary MacKillop
We ask that you keep our community safe and well during these uncertain times.
We ask that our faith and hope be fired afresh by the Holy Spirit so that we too, like Mary MacKillop, may live with courage, trust and openness.
Ever generous God hear our prayer. We ask this through Jesus Christ. Amen.

St Mary MacKillop has been well known for her thought provoking and inspiring quotes. Some of these have been attached below. Perhaps a different one could be used to begin each day!​