Crowd-funding for a Place to Inspire

31 July 2017 | General Interest

Mary MacKillop, Australia’s first Saint, was by any measure, a remarkable woman. 

She battled against the odds to establish the Sisters of St Joseph (the ‘Josephites’). They taught the children of the poorest families, comforted forgotten people and in particular served in the most remote and the toughest towns and settlements scattered across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

The life and legacy of Saint Mary and her early Sisters are of great spiritual and social significance to all Australians and New Zealanders.

2017 MMK 3In 1995, a Museum was established on sacred ground in Kensington, South Australia.   This is where Mary lived, walked, worked, prayed, laughed and anguished from 1872 to 1883, during the Josephites’ early and troubled beginnings. 

Mary MacKillop Museum told a little of Mary’s life story and showcased the early years of the growing Congregation.  Although the Museum has welcomed many visitors and pilgrims over many years, it is now time to redevelop it in a contemporary way that shares other aspects of the story, includes today’s technology, and can offer hospitality to visitors and pilgrims.

The Sisters of St Joseph are committed to redeveloping and reinvigorating Mary MacKillop Museum, so that other aspects of this significant Australian story can be told in fresh and relevant ways for new audiences. 

New displays are being created. Child and adult visitors will be engaged in an interactive series of experiences. A coffee shop and local walking trail will be established.

Sister Mary Ryan rsj, co-ordinator of the project, has said that the redeveloped Museum ''will describe Mary’s era and tell her story and that the early Sisters, and also those who have followed in their footsteps. It will celebrate that, today, across the globe, there are countless people with Josephite hearts who, captured by their spirit, are committed to making their part of the world a safer, more just and more peaceful place."  

Mary MacKillop Museum will soon be more than just a visual and educational experience. It will touch visitors, regardless of their culture or beliefs, in ways that will inspire and move them, to reach out to others in a spirit of care and compassion.

A crowd-funding campaign has been set up to help raise money to cover the cost of the redevelopment of Mary MacKillop Museum Adelaide.   If you would like to contribute to this exciting project, visit: Chuffed.org – search ‘Mary MacKillop’,  or see details in the brochure below.   All donations are tax deductible and will be gratefully received and acknowledged.

Find happiness in making others happy  

Mary MacKillop 1899