Topic: Saint Mary MacKillop in Rangiora

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Mary MacKillop (15 January 1842 – 8 August 1909) was an Australian Roman Catholic nun who helped to found the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart. She was canonised by the Pope on 17 October 2010.

The sisters of St Josephs spread throughout Australia and New Zealand, with there emphasis on education for poor and underprivileged children. The sisters had four houses in the South Island - one of which was in Rangiora.  The Josephites arrived in Rangiora in 1887 and helped to open St Joseph's school.

In 1894 Mary visited New Zealand and came to her order in Rangiora as part of the trip. She kept in close contact with her parish via letter when she was away writing often to the children in the school offering them affection and encouragement.

In 1897 things took a turn for the worst. There was a new priest in Rangiora, Father Aubrey, and he complained to Mary that her sisters were no longer of use to the parish (despite reports to the contrary). Mary acted quickly to remove her sisters and have them replaced them with Sisters of Notre Dame des Missions. Bishop Grimes who was away at the time was very unhappy that the Josephites has been removed and asked Mary that they return to Rangiora. Unfortunately this never happened.

Mary MacKillop

Want to read more?
"Mary MacKillop: an extraordinary Australian" Paul Gardiner (1993)
"Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart: New Zealand story, 1883-1893" Anne Marie Power (1983)
"MacKillop women : the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart, Aotearoa New Zealand : 1883-2006"  Diane Strevens (2008)
"Mary MacKillop's sisters : a life unveiled"  Anne Henderson (1997)
"Mary MacKillop : a window of hope"  Monica Cavanagh (2010)

 

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Saint Mary MacKillop in Rangiora


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