We formally welcomed a new generation of MacKillop Women to our College at our Opening Mass and Badge Ceremony on February 13.
They join all MacKillop People who are committed to understanding and living the way of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop - our first officially recognised Australian saint. Mary MacKillop was, of course, the original MacKillop Woman – source of inspiration for all of us.
Mary MacKillop has been described in the following way:
“Mary MacKillop's life story resonates with the lives of many people today. Australians, in particular, see in her something of the Aussie battler – someone who has endured hardships and sustained hope. For many she is a hero who shows them that they too can make a difference in the world through small everyday acts of kindness and concern as well as through major decisions that shape a nation. Like many others who claim they are not heroes, but just ordinary citizens responding to the events of life, Mary MacKillop would believe she was doing no more than what the gospel required of her."
Special thanks are extended to all who contributed to such a life-giving opening ritual for the year. About 300 parents and family members joined us – how wonderful! Fr Bernie celebrated mass with us and shared a powerful and pertinent homily focused on our 2020 theme of Vision through Encounter and Dialogue – thanks! The vision and hard work of our Assistant Principal – Religious Education and Mission, Ms Carly Richardson, and so many on staff brought our rituals to life – thanks!