Link to Home Page Mary MacKillop Pilgrimage - March 2009
 
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  A group of 10 intrepid pilgrims, including Fr. Frank set off to Portland, Hamilton and Bacchus March to visit and pray at important sites connected with Blessed Mary's vocation and founding of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Victoria.
At Portland we did the walk around the city looking at buildings which Mary would have known. We celebrated Mass at All Saint's Church where Mary was a sacristan and received her call to educate for free, impoverished children in remote areas. We were given a tour of Bayview House where Mary and her family set up a school for young ladies. We were fortunate to see and stand on the original floorboards in Mary's school room.
The people of St. Mary's in Hamilton generously provided us with refreshments after we celebrated Mass in the original part of their church. We visited the grave of Alexander MacKillop in Hamilton Cemetery. This was very moving. We then travelled to Bacchus Marsh and visited the Catholic Museum which was the first Josephite convent in Victoria.
A highlight for us was the friendliness and hospitality of the people we met along the way and God's providence. We were never hungry.
We would like to thank all those who have helped and participated during the centenary celebrations (1909) of the presence of the Sisters of St. Joseph in our parish. Special thanks to Bishop Costelloe and the large number of past and present Josephites who attended the festive celebrations at Werribee South last Sunday.
Contributed by Fr. Frank Buhagiar P.P. and Norma Marot - Pastoral Associate.
 
 

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Pilgrimage started with a setting out mass at St. Michaels, Little River
 

 

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Blessed Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre, East Melbourne
 

 

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Early Providence House, East Melbourne
 

 

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The Mary of the Cross Centre in Brunswick St. Fitzroy
The birth place of Mary MacKillop
 

 


 


 

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St. Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne
 

 


 

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St. Francis Church, Lonsdale St., Melbourne
 

 


 

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A break in the journey
 

 

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All Saints Church, Portland
 

 


 


 


 

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Mary MacKillop's first school - Bayview House in Portland
 

 

Original floorboards on which Mary MacKillop would have taught
 

 


 

The school room which has since been converted to a chapel.
 

 


 


 

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St. Mary's Church, Hamilton
 

 


 


 

The grave of Alexander MacKillop, Mary's father.
 

 

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A break at Lake Boga, on the way home.
 

 


 

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Site of the first Josephite Convent in Victoria. It is now a museum in Bacchus Marsh
 

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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