Mary MacKillop Life Events


Mary's Birth and Baptism


Mary was born in Fitzroy, Melbourne on the 15th of January and on the 28th she was baptised.

Mary made a catholic school, opened a convent-cottage and took vows


Mary, Lexie and Fr Julian made a Catholic school called St Joseph's School (The Stable School) which opened on the 19th of March. And Mary opened the first convent-cottage in Adelaide and took religious vows.

Mary was excommunicated and then it was removed


On the 22nd of September, 1871 Mary was excommunicated and then on the 23rd of February, 1872, Bishop Sheil removed Mary's excommunication.

Mary is elected as Mother Superior and Catholic education became a law in South Australia


On the 19th of March, Mary is elected Mother Superior and free, compulsory education becomes law in South Australia.

Mary was told to step down from her Mother General position


On the 11th of November, Cardinal Moran told Mary to step down as Mother General and Mother Bernard is appointed Superior General.

Mary's Death


Mary died on the 8th of August in North Sydney.

Mary is declared a saint in Australia


Pope John Paul II declares Mary a saint in Australia and she is named 'Blessed Mary MacKillop'.

Mary is declared a saint in the Universal Church


Pope Benedict XVI declares Mary a saint in the Universal Church at a Canonization ceremony in Rome on the 17th of October and she is called 'St Mary of the Cross MacKillop' and is Australia's first saint.