19 Oct 2020

Statue blessing marks sainthood anniversary

The Southern Cross  |  October 2020

Statue blessing marks sainthood anniversary

A new statue of Mary MacKillop was unveiled in St Francis Xavier's Cathedral as part of the Adelaide Archdiocese's celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of her canonisation on October 17.

Archbishop Patrick O’Regan blessed the statue by local artist Judith Rolevink during a liturgy attended by members of the Josephite community and the Altavilla Irpina Club and San Pellegrino Martire committee which generously sponsored the artwork and its installation in an alcove at the front of the Cathedral.
The one-metre bronze statue is the seventh of 10 limited editions and depicts the saint as a woman in her early thirties.

The liturgy was one of a number of events held to celebrate the 10 year anniversary. A bus tour led by Sr Patricia Keane rsj, self-guided walking tours around the CBD and an overnight pilgrimage to Penola were highlights of the weekend.

Students at St Mary MacKillop Memorial School at Penola celebrated Mary’s life and legacy with a Back to Mary MacKillop Days day which featured on ABC News on Saturday night.

Children dressed in olden day clothes and began the day with a parade and games at recess and lunch. They also learn how to play knuckles, write in cursive and learn songs about Mary’s life.

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