Saint Mary of the Cross Mackillop
Mary MacKillop co-founded Australia's first order of nuns, the Josephite Sisters, in 1866. The "Brown Joeys" began work in a converted stable, providing free education to all children, and opened many other ministries. Mary was known for her intelligence, leadership, passion, and autonomous spirit, but her legacy was her holiness. In 1909, Cardinal Moran stated, "Today, I believe that I have assisted at the death bed of a saint."
Feast Day: August 8