Mary Mackillop

Mary Mackillop

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  • Mary Mackillop was born on the 15 January 1842. Her parents moved from Scotland to Melbourne before they had her. She had 7 siblings, 4 brothers and 3 sisters. When she was about nine, her dad went away to Scotland to help out a friend.
  • Since her father left, her family was struggling with money and her mother couldn't get a job because she was looking after all of her kids, so when Mary Mackillop was about 22, she left home to work as a governess for her Aunt and uncles children. One day when she was teaching her cousins, she spotted a child in ragged clothing hiding behind a bush, listening to her lesson. She invited the child up to learn with them because the childs parent couldn't afford school.
  • With the help of her new friend Father Tenison-Woods, Mary opened up her first school in 1866 in an old stable. 
  • Mary took her vows to become a sister of saint Joseph
  • After a while, Mary is excomunicated
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