Canonisation of Saint Mary of the Cross

Around 140 people from Lochaber and various other places in Scotland will travel to Rome next week for the canonisation on 17 October by Pope Benedict XVI of Blessed Mary MacKillop, Australia’s first saint.

The Scottish Connection

Although born in Melbourne in 1842, Mary MacKillop’s family background is closely connected to the Highlands. Her father, Alexander, born in Perthshire, spent part of his early childhood in the Roy Bridge area, was a student for the priesthood in Blairs College, Aberdeen and the Pontifical Scots College, Rome, and then emigrated to Australia in 1838. Her mother, Flora MacDonald, was born in Fort William in 1816, and lived there until she left for Australia with her parents and siblings in 1840.

Canonisation of Saint Mary MacKillop of the Cross

"St Mary MacKillop of the Cross will be for all of us a great example of Christian witness, and a powerful intercessor before the Lord for all in need of consolation and hope.”

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