Saturday, 17 October 2020, marked the 10th anniversary of Saint Mary MacKillop’s canonisation at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, declaring her Australia’s first canonised saint. Sister Monica Cavanagh, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, writes, “The 10th anniversary of Saint Mary MacKillop’s canonisation is a chance for us to reflect on Mary’s legacy and the valuable lessons her life experiences have taught us. She faced hard times and adversity over the years, from her family’s poverty to the loss of many loved ones throughout her life. She carried on, strengthened by her faith and her determination to serve others. She worked hard, travelled widely, and spoke courageously in love. She was a woman of strong convictions and great energy who treasured friendship and family. Mary always had a place in her heart for those most challenged by life’s circumstances. I am proud that the Sisters of Saint Joseph continue to follow in her footsteps today and people from around the world find inspiration in her example.” You may have received an invitation via our Parish Facebook to join with St Mary MacKillop College for Courage Hour last Friday at 5pm in their multi-purpose room (unfortunately this didn’t make the bulletin last week – school holidays). This was to unite with the global vigil of deep peace, prayer, and reflection taking place online to both celebrate Mary’s life and to follow her lead to ‘Take Fresh Courage’. The Sisters of St Joseph’s chose this theme against the backdrop of the many challenges Australians have faced in 2020, and is taken from a letter written by St Mary MacKillop in 1877.