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Mary MacKillopSymphony mass in Melbourne.

Centenary of the death of Mary MacKillop

The centenary of the death of Blessed Mary MacKillop, a woman whose name has become synonymous with great vision, outstanding holiness and heroic character, was commemorated at ACU’s Melbourne and Sydney campuses last week.

A symphony mass was held in Melbourne, with performances by Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, the Australian Catholic University Choir and the Music Glenelg Festival Singers.

"The performance was not in the form of a church service, but rather a mass that told Blessed Mary MacKillop’s story through a narrator, interspersed with the religious beliefs she lived by," said Music Glenelg event director, Graeme Firth. "She was an extraordinary Australian and a very religious person, so we took great care to treat this sensitively."

The North Sydney Campus commemorated the event with a mass in the Mary MacKillop Memorial Chapel, followed by a lecture and panel discussion about the historical and contemporary relevance of her work. The speakers included Sr Anne Derwin RSJ, Sr Noelene Quinane RSJ and Ms Claire Grantham.

Blessed Mary MacKillop was born in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, directly opposite the University’s Melbourne Campus and she dedicated her life to works and values which resonate deeply with the University’s mission.

Co-founder of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart, Blessed Mary MacKillop is the only Australian to be beatified.

In November last year, Archbishop of Sydney, His Eminence Cardinal George Pell, unveiled a sculpture of Blessed Mary MacKillop at the North Sydney Campus.


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