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A record crowd packed the chapel Mary
MacKillop built in Kensington on August 8 to
celebrate the Australian saint’s fifth feast day
since her canonisation, while plans are building
for the 150th anniversary next year of the Sisters
of St Joseph.
“St Joseph’s Chapel and choir loft were full, all
extra seating was taken and many people were
standing in the porch or outside,” said Sister
Mary Ryan rsj, mission and site coordinator of
the Mary MacKillop Centre Adelaide. “It was the
biggest crowd ever for a Mary MacKillop Feast
Day,” she said.
The Sisters of St Joseph celebrated the August
8 date with Mass which attracted a few hundred
people. The Mass was led by Vicar General
Fr Philip Marshall followed by lunch and a
celebration to mark the 20th anniversary of
the Mary MacKillop Exhibition Centre which
opened in 1995, the year of Mary MacKillop’s
The Centre has permanent and temporary
exhibitions mapping the life and capturing the
spirit of Australia’s first saint, who started the St
Joseph Sisters at Penola in 1866.
It will be renamed the Mary MacKillop Museum
Adelaide and will include the new exhibition, “In
all things love”, in June next year as part of the
Sisters’ sesquicentenary celebrations in South
Sr Mary said the “exciting new, revitalised
exhibition” will focus on different aspects of the
early Josephite story that throws light on the
present Josephite reality and ministries.
“In keeping with current educational and museum
best practice, the past and present stories will
be told through a variety of media, including
storyboards/posters, memorabilia, photos, a
touch screen and digital displays.”
Saint Mary of the Cross became Australia’s first
saint in October 2010.
More than 33 Josephite schools across the State
marked the saint’s feast day last month with
school Masses, liturgies and fundraising events
to support the Mary MacKillop Foundation.
Among them was St David’s Primary School in
Tea Tree Gully, which raised more than $2450 as
part of an annual fete to celebrate the school’s
patron saint. The money raised – almost $500
more than last year’s event – will be donated to
the Mary MacKillop Foundation, which continues
the work of Mary MacKillop by supporting
community projects addressing poverty,
sickness, distress, disability and disadvantage.
Tension Woods Catholic Primary School,
Richmond, held an “M and M” day with activities
including: a morning Mass, Milo and muffin
recess, Mary MacKillop artwork and an outreach
afternoon responding to Mary MacKillop’s
famous quote “never see a need without doing
something about it”.
St Joseph’s School Hectorville held a morning
walkathon, raising funds for the people of
Saint draws a crowd
ahead of big event
By Rebecca DiGirolamo
PAYING TRIBUTE: Tenison Woods Catholic Primary School student
Rose working on some Mary MacKillop art.
Helping young Catholics to
find and give the love that they
were created for is the goal
for Jason Evert, founder of
Chastity Project, when he visits
South Australia later this year.
Jason will deliver a keynote
address at the upcoming
Australian Catholic Youth
Festival, which takes place in
Adelaide from December 3-5, 2015.
“Pope John Paul II once said that chastity
can only be thought of in association with
the virtue of love. My hope is that through
the presentations I offer, the youth will see
how chastity frees them to love and frees
them to know if they are being loved,”
Jason told the Australian Catholic Bishops
Conference, Office for Youth.
Jason will break open one of the ways
young people can respond to the Festival’s
theme in their everyday lives; “Blessed are
the pure of heart, for they shall see God”
Jason and his wife Crystalina Evert
have spoken to more than
one million people on six
continents about the virtue of
After working for Catholic
Answers in San Diego for more
than a decade, the couple
moved to Denver and began a
new ministry focused solely on
promoting purity. The ministry
is known as Chastity Project.
Acknowledging that nowadays many
young people grow up in difficult family
situations, Jason said, “they’re hungry for
love, and are eager to learn how to begin
again and find the love they desire. My
goal is simply to help them to find it”.
“Chastity is important because it frees us
to love. If I cannot say no to my sexual
desires, then what is my ‘yes’ worth? By
learning to master our desires, we grow in
freedom so that we can make a true gift of
“I am quite sure that any woman can
distinguish between a husband who has
self control and a husband who sees his
wife merely as an outlet for his sexual
“Through practicing chastity as a single
person, we train ourselves in patience,
purity, faithfulness, and self-control, and
these virtues are tremendous assets in
building solid marriages.
“Chastity trains us to love because we’re
doing what’s best for the other person, not
merely what feels good in the moment.
“It’s not about shaming or scaring anyone
into obeying the Church’s laws, but about
opening our hearts to the fact that God
loves us, and created human relationships
to be a refection of that love.”
Speaking about his own faith, Jason
describes it as “the most important thing
in my life – it guides my thoughts, words,
actions and aspirations”.
He admits that he struggled with his faith
in high school but gradually “discovered
the depth and richness of the Church’s
teachings, and have fallen in love with it”.
Highlighting the vital role that faith plays in
a young person’s life, Jason said: “Faith is
essential for young people, as well as old,
because we have been created by God
and for God. If we are unaware of this, then
we miss the whole point of our existence.”
As many young Australians prepare for
World Youth Day next year in Krakow,
Poland, the home of Saint John Paul II,
Jason has recently published a book about
JPII. He encourages young people to learn
about JPII in the lead up to World Youth
“Saint John Paul the Great experienced
tremendous suffering as a young person,
having lost his mother, his brother,
his father and many of his friends and
teachers,” said Jason.
“He lived through Nazi and Communist
occupations, but never lost faith. During
this time of great suffering, God forged him
in a remarkable way.”
Jason visited Australia for World Youth
Day in 2008 and on another occasion to
speak at schools in the Archdioceses of
Melbourne and Sydney.
Promoting chastity to youth
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