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12 October 2010

Ipswich honours St Mary MacKillop this Sunday at Augustine Heights



IPSWICH is hoping to lead the world in recognising Australia's first Saint, Mary MacKillop who established a small Catholic school at Redbank Plains in 1874.

The original building from Redbank Plains where Mary Mackillop established a school in 1874 which was moved to Goodna in 1916 and is now a solicitor's in Church St.

IPSWICH is hoping to lead the world in recognising Australia's first Saint, Mary MacKillop who established a small Catholic school at Redbank Plains in 1874.

The school was run by the Sisters of St Joseph after a request from the Ipswich Parish Priest Fr Andrew Horan.

The building, which housed the original school at Redbank Plains, was moved to Goodna in 1916 and is now a heritage-listed solicitor's office in Church St.

The school closed in 1877 after the student population dwindled to eight.

Mary MacKillop will be officially canonised as a saint in Rome by Pope Benedict on Sunday, October 17.

A new park at Augustine Heights in Mary MacKillop's honour will be officially opened and dedicated earlier that day by Fr Peter Casey Dean of the South-West Deanery assisted by Goodna Parish Priest Fr Roger Burns. It will be the first naming of a community facility in Australia after our nation's first Saint.

Councillor Paul Tully said all members of the public were welcome to attend the hour-long park dedication service which will start at 2pm at Leon Capra Drive, Augustine Heights, off Augusta Parkway.


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