Blessing of "A Letter from Fr Julian"

On the evening of Monday 8th August 2016, the Solemnity of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, a beautiful statue of St Mary MacKillop was blessed by Bishop Michael McKenna at the grounds of the Cathedral of St Michael and St John. 

As part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst, the blessing also coincides with the celebrations of the Sisters of St Joseph marking 150 years since Mary MacKillop donned a simple black dress and from then was known as Mary, Sister of St Joseph.

More than 200 people gathered together to see members of the Sisters of St Joseph Province leaders; Sister Therese McGarry rsj and Sister Mary-Ellen O'Donoghue rsj unveil the statue of Australia's first and only saint. Mass was then concelebrated by Bishop Michael and Father Paul Devitt.

The statue entitled “A Letter from Fr Julian”, has been crafted by sculptor Linda Klarfeld through the generosity of Leo and Tereza Bonić and their family, in memory of their son Tomi.

Kimbalee Clews


Bishop Michael with the Bonic Family and
Linda Klarfeld 

Scupltor of "A Letter from Fr. Julian",
Linda Klarfeld 
The Sisters of St Joseph Students from MacKillop College with
Bishop Michael 

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