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Mary MacKillop: Australia's first canonised saint

History will be made on 17 October 2010 when Mary MacKillop will become Australia's first canonised saint.

To celebrate this historic occasion, the Sisters of St Joseph and the Archdiocese of Melbourne invite all Melbournians to join a celebration on 17 October 2010, in Fitzroy where Mary MacKillop was born on 15 January 1842 – only 168 years ago.

On Saturday 6 November 2010, when pilgrims have returned from Rome, Archbishop Denis Hart will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at St Patrick's Cathedral East Melbourne. There will be a ‘Welcome to Country’ and reflection on Mary MacKillop’s life and legacy commencing at 10:00am (please be seated by 9:55am). The Mass will commence at 10:30am. Refreshments will follow at Dallas Brooks Hall, 300 Albert Street, East Melbourne.

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Celebration broadcast details


Following the celebrations and events taking place in Melbourne

In Melbourne, Channel 7, Channel 9, Channel 10, SBS, Sky News, and ABC are all planning to run live crosses at various intervals throughout the day, along with interviews and footage from the celebratory mass, the procession, the official welcome, and prayer service.

Check your local guides for details.

Following the Canonisation taking place in Rome


  • ABC1
    • 7pm: ABC News will have a live cross to the Vatican for all the latest on the ceremony
    • 10:10pm: Compass: Geraldine Doogue presents a Compass special on the canonisation of Mary MacKillop from the Vatican in Rome. She will be joined by expert commentators from the Catholic Church to analyse the ceremony’s significance and impact. This special will include preā€packaged stories featuring the large Australian contingent travelling to Rome for the event, the mass honouring Mary and a Vatican pilgrimage following in the footsteps of Mary’s 19th century journey to Rome.a special presentation from the Vatican.
  • ABC News 24, 6pm: Special two-hour program including live coverage from Rome.
  • Sky News: APAC channel dedicated to Mary MacKillop news for about 48 hours before, during and after the canonisation. Sky News will broadcast live the ceremony.
  • Channel 7: Sunday Night presented from Rome. Live crosses throughout the evening.
  • Channel 9: 60 Minutes will screen a special feature on Mary MacKillop. Live crosses throughout the evening.
  • Channel 10: Live crosses throughout the evening.
  • SBS: Live crosses throughout the evening.


  • ABC News Radio, 6pm: Live coverage with expert commentary and live crosses to Rome.
  • SBS Radio: Hourly news updates.