Feast Day of Saint Mary Mackillop: 8 August

August 8, 2016 – 9:30 am

On the 8th of August, we celebrate the Feast Day of St Mary MacKillop, our university patron saint.

Mary Mackillop has special significance for staff and students at ACU. 
Born on 15 January 1842 in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, directly opposite the University’s Melbourne Campus (St Patrick’s), she dedicated her life to works and values which resonate deeply with the University’s Mission.

Co-founder of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart, St Mary MacKillop is the only Australian to be canonized, making her Australia’s first saint. She lived her later years on the site of the North Sydney (MacKillop) Campus.

ACU’s St Patrick’s and Mackillop Campuses each have a statue of St Mary Mackillop commemorating her connection with the local areas.

Mary Mackillop aged in her twenties holding a book

The St Patrick’s Campus statue depicts Mary Mackillop in her younger years, facing her birth place.

Elderly Mary Mackillop with a dog sitting in her lap

The Mackillop Campus statue depicts her in her later years, as she lived there and knew the house (now the Vice Chancellery building) and gardens.










Learn more about the life of Mary Mackillop:

Mackillop, Mary Helen. (2011). In L. Rodger & J. Bakewell, Chambers Biographical Dictionary. London, United Kingdom: Chambers Harrap. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.acu.edu.au/login?url=http://search.credoreference.com/content/entry/chambbd/mackillop_mary_helen/0


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