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The plaque commemorates the work of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop and the Sisters of St Joseph in the Adelaide Hills.

While acting as a governess to her uncle's children at Penola, Mary Mackillop met Father Julian Tenison Woods who, with a parish of 56,000 square kilometres, needed help in the religious education of children in the outback. At the time Mary's family depended on her income so she was not free to follow her dream. However, in 1866, greatly inspired and encouraged by Father Woods, Mary opened the first Saint Joseph's School in a disused stable in Penola.

Young women came to join Mary, and so the Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph was begun. In 1867, Mary was asked by Bishop Shiel to come to Adelaide to start a school. From there, the Sisters spread, in groups to small outback settlements and large cities around Australia, New Zealand, and now in Peru, Brazil and refugee camps of Uganda and Thailand. Mary and these early Sisters, together with other Religious Orders and Lay Teachers of the time, had a profound influence on the forming of Catholic Education as we have come to know and experience it today.

Mary MacKillop was Canonised on October 17, 2010 at St Peter's Basilica, Rome. Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed Mary's sainthood during the Canonisation Mass.


Address:8 Dutton Road, St Francis de Sales College, Mount Barker, 5251
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.066659
Long: 138.867415
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Culture


Front Inscription

               In memory of 

Mary MacKillop and her Sisters of St Joseph 
who lived and worked amongst the people of the Adelaide Hills.
May we strive to walk in her footsteps.

"Love one another, bear with one another  
and let charity guide you in all your life"

          St Mary MacKillop

Source: MA
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