Invitation for the celebration of Mary MacKillop's canonisation at the Royal Exhibition Building on Sunday 17 October 2010. The invitation was offered by the Most Reverend Denis Hart, Archbishop of Melbourne, and Sr Josephine Dubiel RSJ, Victorian Province Leader, Sisters of St Joseph.

There were several official events held in Melbourne on Sunday 17 October 2010 to celebrate the canonisation, this invitation was for the prayer service held at six o'clock.

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Folded paper with three black and white images of Mary MacKillop in full Nun's habit on a blue background.


Mary MacKillop (later to be known as Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop) became Australia's first saint on Sunday 17 October, 2010. She was canonised by Pope Benedict XVI at a ceremony held at the Vatican in Rome, an event televised live around the world. The process that led to her canonisation had begun a long time before. She died in 1909 and was called a 'saint' by Cardinal Moran on her deathbed, but the formal process did not begin until 1926. This process required, amongst much other evidence, the acceptance by the Vatican of two 'miracles' attributed to her intercession. Although she was born in Victoria, she spent much of her life in New South Wales and South Australia. Her canonisation was a significant event for all Catholic Australians and for the people of Australia more broadly, as she was not only the first Catholic saint but was also a woman. A community event was held at the Royal Exhibition Building (REB) on the day of her canonisation in Rome, and the ceremony was attended by Julia Gillard, Australia's first female Prime Minister. This collection was donated by members of her religious order, the Sisters of St. Joseph, whose mother house is in North Sydney. As well as being a major REB event, the collection has religious, social, public history and local community connections.

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