The Southern Cross : November 2010
saint mary The Southern Cross November 2010 Page 5 www.adelaide.catholic.org.au JAM USA/0670/08 CRICOS PROVIDER NO 00121B Discover Australian Studies or Aboriginal Studies at UniSA in 2011. Studying a Bachelor of Arts (Australian Studies) or Bachelor of Arts (Aboriginal Studies) will give you the opportunity to explore our history and culture, as well as factors impacting on multiculturalism, race, class, and contemporary Aboriginal issues. You will also study Australia in a rapidly changing world and gain the experience to apply your knowledge in a number of professions with confidence and vision. Double degrees are available with Education, Social Work or Human Services. You can also study a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters in Aboriginal Studies with extensive work experience in Aboriginal Affairs or a related area considered for entry. With the added knowledge and qualifications you'll gain, you'll be in a much stronger position to help make a positive change and bring a new passion, perspective and vision to create a better life for Indigenous and non Indigenous Australia. Applications can be made through the South Australia Tertiary Admissions Centre at satac.edu.au For further information please contact the David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education and Research on (08) 8302 9194. Southern Cross journalist Rebecca DiGirolamo travelled to Rome to bring us a distinctly South Australian -- and Catholic -- coverage of the historic canonisation of Mary MacKillop. Here she gives us a very personal account of her journey and its lasting impact. I am a rusty Catholic. So, traveling to the canonisation of Mary MacKillop in Rome for The Southern Cross was always going to be, in my mind, nothing more than a delightful working trip. But something happened while I was over there -- yes, viewing a piece of Jesus' cross and the vertebrae of a saint in St Peter's Basilica's Treasury Museum was mind boggling but that wasn't it. Nor were the massive, majestic and ornate churches, the cobblestones paved with centuries of history or the scrumptious gelato -- a ritual I enjoyed everyday. The constant ebb and flow of religious men and women in and around St Peter's Square was an inspirational reminder of their devotion to the church. And the lovely nasal accent of Australians everywhere along the Via Conciliazione was actually music to my ears. But all of this, while making my Rome visit vastly different to the last three, was not what was making me feel so peacefully unsettled. I was beginning to realize I wasn't just a journalist this time round. I was becoming a pilgrim! On the eve of Mary's elevation to sainthood, the Australian Catholic University performed an amazing depiction of Mary's life. The opening -- a series of pictures and quotations to moving music -- took my breath away and I began to understand the great many sacrifices Mary made in her tumultuous life. Up until then, I had known the history but I had never fully understood her devotion to her faith. The following day, half way through the canonisation ceremony, the moment that choked me up the most was not when the Pope finally decreed our Mary to be Saint Mary of the Cross -- but when Sr Maria Casey knelt before the Pope. She was our modern day symbol of Mary -- working tirelessly alone in Rome for the past two years trying to convince the Vatican that our holy woman from Down Under deserved global recognition. Maria had faith Mary would be a saint in the eyes of the church and she never gave up fighting for her. In those 30 seconds that she knelt there, I felt an overwhelming sense of awe at this wonderful legacy of beautiful women Mary has left us behind. Schooled by Josephites all my life, I realized I had met many Marys along the way and that they had shaped me to follow in Mary's footsteps: courage, resilience, love and respect for all, kindness and a deep, deep commitment to God. I haven't been many of those things for a while, especially the last one. On the last day of Roman celebrations, when 4000 pilgrims packed the ancient St Paul's Basilica to celebrate Mary's first day as a Saint, Congregational Leader Anne Derwin said: "None of us can go back (home) the same way we came". And as I spoke to many pilgrims from across Australia, they all commented on a desire to follow Mary's example more intently. From the Port Pirie woman who wanted to be an even better mum to bishops and priests who have been inspired by Mary's ability to face adversity in the toughest of times. So while it may be the end to an 85-year- long journey to reach canonisation, Mary's sainthood is, for many of us, really just the beginning. From pen to pilgrim JESUIT HEARTLAND: A pilgrimage of 26 people from as far as Crystal Brook, Poochera, Jamestown and Cleve, headed by Port Pirie Bishop and Jesuit priest Greg O'Kelly, following the footsteps of Mary MacKillop in Rome last month found themselves in the Church of Sant' Andrea al Quirinale. The Church was the the earliest Jesuit novitiate in Rome and a place St Mary of the Cross visited regularly in 1873 whilst seeking papal approval for her new order of sisters in Australia. She has written of her admiration for Saint Stanislaus Kosta who is buried at the church. Bishop O'Kelly described the pilgrimage as "an uplifting and exhilarating experience and one which has filled us all with hope". Manoora resident Mignon Hogben said the pilgrimage had "opened my eyes to things in a different way".