St Mary of the Cross MacKillop
St Mary MacKillop was born in Melbourne, Australia on 15 January 1842. With Julian Tenison Woods she founded a new religious order – the Sisters of St Joseph – to bring Catholic education to the children of poor working class families in Australia.
Mary’s Sisters also care for the poor, the orphans, and homeless men and women of the inner cities and the rural areas. Before her death in North Sydney on 8 August 1909 her Sisters spread across Australia and New Zealand. They are also in Peru, Ireland and many other Missionary countries.
She was beatified on 19 January 1995 by Pope John Paul II in Sydney and canonised as Australia’s first saint on 17 October 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI. Her feast is celebrated on 8 August.
At La Salle College, MacKillop House is represented by the colour purple.