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.