Charism of Mary MacKillop


St Mary’s, Williamstown has a proud and lengthy history with the Sisters of St Joseph.

The Sisters of St Joseph taught in our school for 99 years until 1999 and although not teaching in the school today, they are still living in our Parish community and attend school celebrations. Their founding Sister is St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. St Mary of the Cross is Australia’s first Saint.

The Charism of St Mary of the Cross influences all we do and the values, such as care and compassion and respect, which were so important to St Mary of the Cross Learning and teaching - Mary MacKillopare explored throughout all year levels.

The children learn about St Mary of the Cross in their Religious Education and include her in their prayers when they say, “St Mary of the Cross pray for us,” at the conclusion of each prayer.

The school celebrates the feast day of St Mary of the Cross on August 8th with a whole school Mass followed by a Muffin Morning Tea.

Quotes from St Mary of the Cross are included in the weekly newsletter so that all in the school community can reflect upon her sayings which are still most relevant for our contemporary lives.

To celebrate the canonisation of St Mary of the Cross in 2010, our school Sport Colour House Teams were renamed with particular significance to Mary MacKillop, Bayview (Blue), Penola (Yellow), Winella (Red) and Portland (Green).

Our Year 6 Leadership Program includes a Charism Team, the members of this group meet fortnightly and help to plan and lead whole school Liturgies and carry out simple actions in our school in response to St Mary of the Cross’ influence.

Opportunities are provided each year for new staff, the Advisory Board, parents and the Yr 6 Charism leaders to attend the Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre as needed to learn more about her Charism.


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