St Mary MacKillop – Justice (Purple)
St. Mary MacKillop was born January 15, 1842 in Fitzroy, Victoria and died August 18, 1909, Sydney, Australia. MacKillop was educated at home by her father and she had to start working at a young age. While she was young, she began to teach the poor children in Penola, South Australia, encouraged by Father Julian Tenison Woods. In 1866 the two opened up Saint Joseph’s School, providing a free education to all children. She went on to found Australia’s first order of nuns, the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart, in 1867. The Sisters of St. Joseph, or Josephites, are known for their pursuit of justice and actively work in many areas of need such as orphanages, refuges and prisons. After travelling to Europe to meet with Pope Pius IX in 1873, she returned to Australia and continued to open schools, convents, and charities. Saint Mary of the Cross Mary MacKillop became Australia’s first saint in 2010 and her feast day is August 8. The College core value attributed to St. Mary MacKillop is justice.
Image: Sisters of St Joseph