Mary MacKillop was recognised as a saint by the Holy Father in Rome on Sunday 17th October 2010. She is now known as Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop.

Around 10,000 pilgrims attended the canonisation. Among these were 150 Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart. There were 14 New Zealand Sisters who made the pilgrimage and they were joined in Rome by three New Zealand bishops.

The Sisters sponsored two Maori people to attend the canonisation – Karen Erueti from the Mount St Joseph Administration Centre in Whanganui and Richard Puanaki from St Joseph’s School in Wairoa.

On their pilgrimage, the Sisters were identified by scarves made for the occasion, which included blue and green colours to represent Aotearoa New Zealand, to which Mary MacKillop had a strong connection

Watch the canonisation

Aotearoa New Zealand events

There are various events being held around New Zealand to celebrate the canonisation of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop.

Blog from Rome

Thoughts from Sr Sian Owen RSJ who attended the canonisation in Rome.

Canonisation photo gallery

Mary MacKillop's New Zealand connection

A video containing sections of a presentation given by Sr Lyndall Brown RSJ of Wellington and thoughts from sisters who travelled to Rome for the canonisation.