Feast Day of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop

By Jackson Saunders

Corpus Christi College made a return to its ‘spick and span’ chapel to celebrate the Feast Day of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop on Monday, August 8.

The seminary community was delighted to be able to resume our morning prayers and Mass in the chapel, which provides a more intimate sense of worship as a community, with the added bonus of heaters for the winter months.

For the past couple of months, the seminary community has been using the larger and unheated Sacred Heart Church- also on the seminary site in Drummond Street, Carlton- for our daily prayer and worship. This was due to building works that needed to take place in the chapel because of termite damage.

We were pleased therefore to be able to mark our return to the seminary chapel for the feast of our own Aussie Saint!

The chapel ministry team led by convenor, Confidence Masvosva, and sacristan, Samuel Pearson, worked through the morning and afternoon the day before our return to the chapel to ensure that it was ‘spick and span’ for the occasion.

We were also pleased to be able to host two Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart (Josephites) from the East Melbourne Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre. Sr Patricia Williams and Sr Betty O’Donnell joined us for Mass to mark the Feast.

A beautiful prayer focus had also been erected in the chapel by second year seminarian, Kyaw Lin Aung, originally from Myanmar, who is studying for the Melbourne Archdiocese.

Afterwards Sr Patricia and Sr Betty joined us for breakfast and much conversation was had.

The Josephite Sisters also presented Rector Fr Brendan Lane with a frame of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop and another of St Mary with her co-founder of her order, Fr Julian Tenison Woods.