Due to her life and doings of Christian Service, Saint Mary of the cross Mackillop is a perfect nominee for the Good Christian awards. Mackillop was born from a Scottish background on the 15th of January, 1842 in what is now the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy, Victoria. Mackillop was the founder of the sisters of St Joseph of the sacred heart. On the 17th of October 2010, Mary Mackillop was said to be Australia’s first saint, and is now an influence on Men and Women across Australia. Throughout her life Mary overcame poverty and ill health in her family, and had a growing passion for helping people in need. She died on the eighth of September 1909, at the age of 67. Mackillop was a good Christian as she showed compassion for anyone in need, especially those who were less fortunate or needed education. Mackillop has had an impact on my life and a large portion of my school, because of the way she always put other people before herself, and the way she stayed faithful to God her whole life. Mackillop has many works and writings which were significant to her life and teachings.
Mackillop’s works and writings were highly influential to the church and society of her time. Father Julian Tenison Woods was very concerned about the small amount of Catholic education in South Australia. He asked Mackillop and her sisters Annie and Lexie to open a catholic school in Penola. (Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart, n.d.) At the feast of St Joseph, 19th of March 1866, several other women decided to join Mary and her sisters. The small group called themselves the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart. With assistance from Mary’s brother, a stable was turned into a school where she taught children who needed education but could not afford school fee’s. Mackillop influenced the Church and society by opening schools to teach school aged children about the Catholic faith. She opened people’s eyes to Christianity and its
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