Mary was born near Melbourne, Australia, in 1842, the first daughter of
Flora and Alexander MacKillop. Her life was never to be an easy one, the path continually
beset with obstacles. But Mary was courageous and trusted in God to see her through the
difficult times. Before she was 20 years old, Mary knew that God was calling her, but it
was not until she was 24 that she was to take up what she called "Gods
work" . Her vocation was to open and run Catholic schools for the poor in Southern
Australia and, at this time, she became foundress of The Sisters of St Joseph of the
Sacred Heart. Doubtless, her task brought her much joy, but it also brought great hardship
and pain Mary's commitment to God remained unshaken and till her death in 1909 Mary had
been a devoted servant of God.
In recognition of her devotion. Pope John Paul II declared Mary Blessed in Sydney Australia in 1995 an important step towards formal acknowledgement of Mary as a Saint.
Work of God Apostolate
Blessed Mary Mackillop