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In what is believed to be the first religious
blessing of an app, a new online walking
trail following the footsteps of Australia’s
first saint was launched in Mary MacKillop
plaza last month as part of Australian
The trail has been added to the
National Trust’s Adelaide City Explorer
smart phone app and website (www.
Hosted by media personality Peter Goers,
the official launch featured Adelaide
Lord Mayor Martin Haese and Sr Sheila
McCreanor SOSJ, who is currently
working on her sixth book based on the
letters of Mary MacKillop. Vicar General
Fr Philip Marshall gave the “I-blessing”
and Sr Patricia Keane led the inaugural
walk based on the new online trail.
The development of the app marks the
culmination of years of work by Sr Patricia
who put together the walking trail as a
booklet. Sr Patricia said she was “thrilled”
when the National Trust South Australia
proposed including it in the popular
Adelaide City Explorer app.
The Trust’s Jill MacKenzie and Sr Patricia
have put together words, images, music
and video relating to the work carried out
by St Mary MacKillop during the five years
she lived in inner city Adelaide.
Among the 12 stops on the trail are the
site of the first city school established
by Mary and her Sisters adjacent to St
Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, the chapel
where Mary was excommunicated by
Bishop Sheil (in St Mary’s College,
Grote St), the Supreme Court where she
assisted those in need and the site of the
House of Providence in West Terrace, now
marked by a commemorative plaque.
A post card promoting ‘Mary MacKillop’s
Adelaide’ has been produced by the
Adelaide Archdiocese and will be
distributed to visitors to the Cathedral,
tourists, parishioners and school students.
Sr Patricia said she hoped the app would
encourage more people to learn about
St Mary MacKillop by visiting sites she
was connected to, such as schools and
“I think it’s putting Mary a little bit more
out there to say look she was real, she
walked our streets, and hopefully people
can see that she was an ordinary woman
who went around trying to do her best for
people,” she said.
Lord Mayor Martin Haese said the app
was a great way to teach younger people
about Saint Mary MacKillop’s legacy.
“First and foremost it celebrates the life
and achievements of Mary MacKillop, who
was of course a former city of Adelaide
resident,” Mr Haese said.
Sr Sheila referred to correspondence
where Mary MacKillop was encouraging
one of her sisters in 1899 to use a
typewriter and said if the saint was in
Adelaide now she would have had a
smart phone because she was a great
She also spoke of South Australian writer
Max Harris who was one of the first to
write at length about the “goodness” of
Mary MacKillop in the public arena. Just
before his death, Harris wrote in his final
column for The Australian “I believe we
need a saint. We need hope. We need
ideals for ourselves. Mary MacKillop is
where we can look to find the best in
Sr Sheila said she hoped all who made
use of the app would find “inspiration and
the best in themselves”.
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iBlessing for saint’s trail
By Jenny Brinkworth
ST MACKILL-APP: (L-R) Sr Mary Ryan and Sr Patricia Keane have their smart phone and iPad blessed by Fr Philip Marshall.
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