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.
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.
There are various events being held around New Zealand to celebrate the canonisation of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop.
Thoughts from Sr Sian Owen RSJ who attended the canonisation in Rome.
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.