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05-May-2015
05-May-2015

Photographs supplied by Sandra Brown

Rosemary garden planted in memory of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Australia's first saint.

Mary Helen MacKillop RSJ (1842 - 1909), now formally known as St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, was an Australian nun who has been declared a saint by the Catholic Church.

In 1925, the Mother Superior of the Sisters of St Joseph, Mother Laurence, began the process to have MacKillop declared a saint and Michael Kelly, Archbishop of Sydney, established a tribunal to carry the process forward. The process for MacKillop's beatification began in 1926, was interrupted in 1931 but began again in April 1951 and was closed in September of that year. After several years of hearings, close examination of MacKillop's writings and a 23-year delay, the initial phase of investigations was completed in 1973. After further investigations, MacKillop's "heroic virtue" was declared in 1992. That same year, the church endorsed the belief that Veronica Hopson, apparently dying of leukaemia in 1961, was cured by praying for MacKillop's intercession; MacKillop was beatified on 19 January 1995 by Pope John Paul 11.

On 19 December 2009, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints issued a papal decree formally recognising a second miracle, the complete and permanent cure of Kathleen Evans of inoperable lung and secondary brain cancer in the 1990s. Her canonisation was announced on 19 February 2010 and subsequently took place on 17 October 2010. This made her the first Australian to be recognised as a saint by the Catholic Church.

Location

Address:Monaro Highway, Community Gardens (next to Railway Park), Bombala, 2632
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.906953
Long: 149.239775
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Garden
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Religion

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 17th October, 2010
Front Inscription
            BOMBALA`S 
      ROSEMARY GARDEN

PLANTED BY THE STUDENTS OF
ST JOSEPH`S PRIMARY SCHOOL 2010
             IN MEMORY OF
SAINT MARY OF THE CROSS MACKILLOP

UNVEILED 17TH OCTOBER 2010
AS PART OF THE CANONISATION
CELEBRATIONS HELD IN HER HONOUR. 
Source: MA
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