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Mary Mackillop Heritage Centre, Mary’s Birth Site & St Patrick’s Cathedral

Today we were fortunate enough to visit three important places in preparation for Confirmation. The three places we visited were: The Mary Mackillop Heritage Centre, Mary Mackillop’s Birth Site and St Patrick’s Cathedral.

While at the Mary Mackillop Heritage Centre we learnt lots about Mary’s early life and her life of mission as she lived out what God was calling her to do. We saw some fascinating items throughout the museum including the original wheelchair which was used to transport Mary around after she suffered a stroke, the oven door that was used to bake bread for the girls in Mary along with the Sister’s care.

We then walked out to Mary’s Birth Site. It was amazing to see how close to us that Mary was born. There is also now a, ‘Saint Mary of the Cross Square’ across the street from her Birth Place which includes plaques in the stone which indicated important milestones in Mary’s life. We then arrived at the statue of Mary where we were invited to pray. We were asked to remember the goals we have set for ourselves and asked Mary Mackillop to assist us in achieving or striving toward these goals.

Lastly, we visited St Patrick’s Cathedral. We were able to tour the Cathedral inside and out.

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What did you learn about Mary Mackillop’s life?
Why do you think Mary was chosen as Australia’s first Saint?
Which of the three parts of the excursion was your favourite and why?