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St Mary MacKillop

St Mary of the Cross Mackillop is the first Australian to be recognised as a saint. You can learn more about her life here. For Catholics in Australia, the life and work of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop has become an inspiration and a part of their identity. In Catholic Social Justice Series paper… Read More »St Mary MacKillop

Saint Lawrence

What do you think are the real treasures of the Church? Little is actually known about St Lawrence, but the following legend, recounted by Franciscan Media, persists: As deacon in Rome, Lawrence was charged with the responsibility for the material goods of the Church, and the distribution of alms to the poor. When Lawrence knew… Read More »Saint Lawrence

Saint Clare

Clare was born of a wealthy family in Assisi, Italy. As a teenager she became aware that Francis, the handsome, wealthy leader of youth in Assisi, had greatly changed. Clare’s community wanted to live according to the rule of Francis. Her community still exists today, the Sisters are called the Poor Clares. Loyola Press

Saint Maximillian Kolbe

Pope John Paul II said of Father Kolbe, “He won a victory of love. He loved both his fellow prisoners and those who put him to death. There is no greater love than this.”Loyola Press

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

On this day, the Church celebrates the Feast Day of the Assumption of Our Lady when according to our faith, the Holy Mother, “having completed her course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.” The Catholic Weekly provides some historical background information here.

Saint Alberto Hurtado SJ

“Christ roams through our streets in the person of so many suffering poor, sick, dispossessed and people thrown out of their miserable slums: Christ huddled under bridges, in the person of so many children who lack someone to call father, who have been deprived for many years from a mother’s kiss upon their foreheads...Christ is… Read More »Saint Alberto Hurtado SJ

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

St Bernard of Clairvaux is a Doctor of the Church and one of the founders of the Cistercian order. He earned a reputation for being able to settle disputes, and was called to various countries to give advice on affairs of Church and of government. Find out more here.

1999: Death of Dom Helder Camara

"When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why they are poor, they call me a communist."Dome Helder Camara Dom Helder Camara (1909 - 199) was a Brazilian archbishop from 1964-1985. Richard Rohr explains that "under his guidance, the Catholic Church in Brazil criticized the country’s military dictatorships… Read More »1999: Death of Dom Helder Camara

Saint Augustine of Hippo

"You have made us and directed us toward yourself and our heart is restless until we rest in you."Confessions 1.1 Saint Augustine was one of the great founders of monasticism in the Western Church. The Augustinians in Australia describe his spirituality in the following way: "In Augustinian spirituality love for God is experienced as love… Read More »Saint Augustine of Hippo