Mary Mackillop

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Mary Mackillop

Mary MackillopBorn: january 15 1842 Died: 8th of August 1909

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FAMILYBorn January 15, 1842, AUSTRALIA Flora MacDonald (mother) Margret Mackillop (sister) Donald Mackillop (brother) Alexander Mackillop (father) Alexandrina Mackillop (sister) Annie Mackillop (sister) Peter Mackillop (brother) Alick Mackillop (brother) John Mackillop (brother) Catherine MacDonald (uncle) Was born to catholic Scottish immigrants on January 15 1842 in the family home in Brunswick street,fitsroy

First school Penola In 1860, at the age of 18, Mary MacKillop left her native Melbourne to work in Penola as a governess for her Uncle Alexander Cameron and Aunt Margaret (nee MacKillop). The Camerons were among the first settlers in the district, and lived in a slab homestead overlooking a lagoon on the sprawling Penola Station. Alexander Cameron was widely known as the King of Penola, and he opened the Royal Oak Hotel in 1848 with one of the earliest hotel licences in South Australia. The Cameron family introduced Mary to race days, dances and other joys of country life. She mixed with wealthy family friends like the MacArthurs of Limestone Ridge and the Riddochs of Yallum Station, but it was 'the gentle learned priest' Father Julian Tenison Woods who was to have the most profound influence on her life.

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what makes her so significant Not only was Mary MacKillop the cofounder of the Josephites, the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart but under her guidance the Order she established schools for the poor and underprivileged in SA and later across Victoria and Sydney. She and her sisters were also responsible for setting up orphanages and homes for the destitute as well as establishing refuges for ex-inmates of Australia's grim Nineteenth Century prisons and shelters for former prostitutes.In a world of strait-laced Victorians as well as a male-dominated Church, Mary MacKillop's unwavering devotion to those on the margins of society met with considerable opposition. The antagonism to what she was trying to achieve came not only from the general public but from many of Australia's Irish-born Bishops and the Church itself. But with her strength of faith in God and her vision for a better world for all, Mary MacKillop refused to be daunted. With patience, a forgiving heart and trust in God, she managed to overcome all obstacles, and 100 years after her death continues to be an inspiration and role model, not only for Catholics everywhere but for all Australians.

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Fr Keating in the Kapunda had been sexually abusing children within his Parish and the Sisters of St Joseph reported him to the Josephites Director Fr Julian Tenison-Wood about the abuse. It was then reported to the Vicar General and Fr Keating was sent back to Ireland. Keating was a also an sexual preditor himself who had attempted to sexually abuse one of Mary Mackillop's nuns. Mackillop was to be excommunicated by an unstable Bishop and a angry vengeful priest looking for revenge Another headline for this story is that Keating was a pedophile priest who was sent back to Ireland to continue his work as a priest. Mary Mackillop did open the reformatory in 1897, living up there for three months during the renovations. Again their is a strong connection to Kapunda, the stench of abusive behavior against children and the attempted coverup by the church.


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