A nationwide appeal has been launched to raise funds for the canonisation ceremony of Mary MacKillop in Rome and official celebrations around Australia and the world.
The Mary MacKillop Canonisation Appeal will be held on Sunday 30 May and Sunday 8 August, with donations made through collections in parishes, online and via telephone.
Sisters of St Joseph congregational leader Sr Anne Derwin said she was humbled by the number of people who wanted to take part in the celebrations surrounding Mary's canonisation.
"This is an opportunity for us to mark this unique event and historic occasion and to honour Mary MacKillop," she said. "The Mary MacKillop Canonisation Appeal provides an opportunity for everyone to assist in the preparations and celebration of Mary's canonisation both in Australia and in Rome."
Proceeds from the Appeal will also assist in involving the Sisters of St Joseph in the canonisation ceremony in Rome, together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives and youth representatives across all dioceses.
Donations can be made through local parishes, by telephoning the national call centre on 1800 753 959 or online at the Blessed Mary MacKillop website.
National fundraiser launched for canonisation ceremony (Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn e-newsletter)