In the Footsteps of Blessed Mary MacKillop - Australian Pilgrimage 16-26 October 2007

Sisters Makareta Tawaroa and Noelene Landrigan have just returned from the pilgrimage prepared by the Sisters of St Joseph.
This pilgrimage was designed to inform and inspire people of all denominations by visiting the districts which were the scene of Mary's family life and ministry.

Sr Marie Foale from Adelaide was the historian who provided input at significant sites associated with Mary's life. There was also opportunity for prayer and reflection.

The coach tour began in Sydney where they graves of Fr Julian Tenison Woods and Flora MacKillop (Mary's mother), and the places in Sydney where the Sisters first lived.

The group then flew to Melbourne and traveled by coach to the newly renovated Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre, visited St Francis' Church and the MacKillop family grave as well as St Patrick's Cathedral.

At Portland they visited the church and the big old house overlooking the Tasman where the MacKillop family lived, and the stables out the back where Julian Woods slept when he visited the family.

A highlight was visiting the Penola Interpretive Centre, Cemetery and Fr Wood's tree.  There is a very impressive collection of specimens and memorabilia of Fr Wood's ten years at the Parish Priest of Penola - one hundred and fifty years ago this year.

Makareta and Noelene at the site of the very first ‘stable’ school started by Mary MacKillop

On then to Adelaide via Robe and the Our Lady Star of the Sea church built there by Fr Woods.    In Adelaide they visited the Port where Mary arrived by coast from Robe.  Later they sat in the chapel of the excommunication at Franklin Street, saw the Archbishop's house where Julian lived, the St Francis Xavier Cathedral, West Terrace and the Morphett Vale Church where Mary's excommunication was lifted.

Next to Kensington where they saw the chapel built by Mary MacKillop, St Ignatius Church, Norwood, and from there made the three hour coach trip to Bordertown.  From there they traveled to Hamilton and visited the grave of Alexander MacKillop and were given a wonderful lunch and tea by the parishioners.

The pilgrimage continued its last day via Bacchus Marsh and the Museum housed in the first Josephite Convent in Melbourne.

Gallery / Whakaahua

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