The Southern Cross : September 2012
Page 20 June 2011 Page 6 September 2012 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross | news Archbishop Philip Wilson presented a bronze statue of Mary MacKillop to the Adelaide City Council last month in recognition of the importance of Australia’s first saint to the city and its community. “I am very conscious that Mary MacKillop was a citizen of this city and this community before she went to Sydney,” Archbishop Wilson said at a reception for members of the Adelaide City Council at his home in West Terrace on Mary’s feast day, August 8. “In fact she lived in the convent just over on the corner of this property and she was in this house a number of times seeing the bishop and attending Mass so her connection with us is very important to us,” he said. “I am giving this gift so it can be displayed somewhere appropriately in the city hall as a sign of our esteem for the city of Adelaide and in recognition that Mary MacKillop is the first citizen of this city to be made a saint. “This draws great attention to not only the Catholic community of Adelaide but the city as well.” The statue is a miniature of the much-admired life-size statue of Mary holding hands with two children in Mary MacKillop plaza, adjacent to St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral. Both the original and the miniatures were sculpted by local artist Judith Rolevink, who was also present at the feast day Mass and reception. Archbishop Wilson praised the “tremendous talent” Mrs Rolevink exhibited in “this magnificent statue”. “Many people say to me it’s the best they’ve ever seen and I think they are right,” he said. “I hope this statue in City Hall will be a reminder of not only Mary MacKillop and her work but also the presence of the Catholic community in Adelaide which goes back to its very beginning.” The Lord Mayor, Mr Stephen Yarwood, thanked the Archbishop for “this very generous gift” and described the miniature statue as “an absolutely breathtaking piece of work”. “I can assure you it will be displayed in the Town Hall in a way that is fitting not only for the fine craftsmanship but for the meaning that it has to the city of Adelaide and the community,” he said. “I am sure Adelaide was special to her and there is no question she is incredibly special to Adelaide and this is a very fitting tribute and one that we are very pleased to be a part of...I look forward to you all coming to the Town Hall and seeing this stunning piece of work.” Citizen Mary honoured By Jenny Brinkworth SPECIAL GIFT: Archbishop Wilson and Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood at the presentation of the miniature statue and, below, Emeritus Archbishop Leonard Faulkner places a flower on the Mary MacKillop statue on her feast day last month. When you engage in Funeral ritual, you acknowledge life passed, give meaning to life lived, encounter your sense of loss, When someone we love dies, we touch the mystery of life changing, not ending. Life changing. Signature Service .. . since 1867 Dedicated to Faith-centred Funerals (08) 8223 5879 Phone Any time Every day 49 Wakefield Street, Adelaide 5000. www.frankjsiebert.com.au 100% South Australian family owned Proprietor & Manager B Siebert Funeral Directors Frank J Siebert and your journey of grieving.