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This coming Sunday Australia’s first saint Mary MacKillop will be cannonised!

I have long had a love for Mary MacKillop, a love nurtured as a child by the St Josephites nuns who taught me.  Yep I’m proud to be a Brown Joey kid, I loved the Joey nuns, in particular I loved St Mary H.  My grandmother and her siblings, my mother and her siblings and in turn my brother, cousin and I were taught by the Joey nuns.  We had a solid education both spiritually and academically.  The direct result of Mother Mary MacKillop’s vision to provide Catholic education for all Catholic children of Australia.

In my late teens I visited South Australia and was most excited to have the opportunity to visit Penola.  Unfortunately I arrived outside of opening hours to view Mother Mary’s school and the local Church.  Still I enjoyed wandering the street, viewing from the outside and imagining.

This week the younger children and I are reading “Derring-Do-Mary – Sr Margaret” a long time favourite and I’m planning on reading The Black Dress – Pamela Freeman with the older children.
We are learning a hymn called ‘Mother Mary of the Cross’ from our Cantabile Singers CD.
We’ll also be visiting here for some fun crosswords, find a word and other resources.

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3 Responses

  1. We visited the little museum when we were in Penola- 10 years ago now- can you believe it?

  2. we lived in Millicent for 2 years which is only half an hour from Penola.

    I am so excited about this weekend. We have a fiesta at our school that is still run by Josephites.

  3. Deanne
    Can't believe it was 10 years ago! Didn't know you went there.

    I went to Millicent on my trip too, I lived there for a couple of weeks.

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