Aussie saint 'walking with God'
IT WAS a sad day for the Associates of St Joseph facilitator, Rosemary Davis, when the Josephite nuns left Lismore in the mid-’80s.
Yesterday, 25 years later, Mrs Davis was beaming as parishioners at St Carthage’s Cathedral cut the blue and brown cake celebrating the canonisation of the Josephites’ founder, Mary MacKillop, now officially Australia’s first saint.
“It is a great day for us, for the Church and Australia,” she said.
“It was daunting when Sister Shirley Fagan asked me to be the facilitator of the group and I’m proud to say we’ve kept it going – but we would dearly love more women to join us.
“We meet regularly to reflect and pray and try to live the life that Mother Mary would want us to.”
Thousands of Catholics gathered in glorious sunshine after Masses at parishes across the region yesterday to mark the event.
At St Carthage’s morning Mass, Father Paul McDonald, spoke of St Mary’s overwhelming confidence in the providence of God.
“Her oft repeated maxim, ‘God will take care of us all’ echoes like an antiphon through the deeds of her life and her letters,” Fr McDonald said.
Yesterday, thousands flocked to venues around Australia to participate in the canonisation. Josephite nun, Sister Joan Healy, said St Mary would be remembered for ‘walking with God in a very Australian way, very practical, very down-to-earth’.
Last night an estimated 6000 Australians joined with 50,000 packed into St Peter’s Square in Rome to witness Pope Benedict XIV officially recognise Mary MacKillop as Australia’s first saint.