Cultural & Charitable Foundation

MacKillop Statue update

mackillop statue sep 13 350pxThe statue of St Mary of the Cross is coming together, revealing promise of an inspirational and impressive masterpiece that will be of lasting renown to our Diocese and eye-catching to all who pass by and within.

The glass wrap-around front has been cast, allowing an appreciation of the final structure and shortly the brass garment will follow.

The sculptor, Mrs Jenny Steiner, has invested hours of thought and inspiration in designing this work and the thinking behind the final product is itself inspirational. The statue will be more than mere representation of a remarkable and holy woman, now acknowledged as a saint, as it seeks to reflect St Mary’s life, works, vision, values and struggles.

Thus, the Design Elements of the St Mary MacKillop Statue include:
• The habit of the Sisters of St Joseph - Dark Bronze
• Face and wimple - Lightly patinated
• Saintly halo - Illumination at top
• ‘Ethereal body’ – spirit radiates within - Glass and illumination
• The schism with the church - Rent garment
• Closest to her heart - Children etched in glass
• Saintly image    - Glass “wing” extensions
Mary of the Cross - Cross of ‘Wood’ and Rosary
The St Mary MacKillop Appeal

With the Mary MacKillop statue coming together by the day, and completion and installation planned for early 2014, we aim to have the bulk of our appeal program in hand within the next six weeks and finalised by early December.

Schools around the diocese have run fundraising events, our parishes have been provided with promotional material and we have initial response from individual families.

Every parish should now have appeal flyers for parishioner interest and a promotional PowerPoint presentation has also been distributed, and is available to view on the Aspire website.

This is an important and inspiring project, strongly encouraged by our Bishop Les Tomlinson.

Everyone is encouraged to participate through their parish or directly to the Aspire Foundation.

Your investment is worthwhile and the final installation of the Mary MacKillop statue will be a time to rejoice as a diocesan community.

Further information, please pdf  click to download the Aspire Cultural & Charitable Foundation Donation form or phone (03) 54453617


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