St Mary of the Cross MacKillop will become the Catenian Association’s patron saint for Australia, the fraternity’s national council and the Sisters of St Joseph announced.
The Catenian Association is an international fraternity of Catholic laymen. Founded in Manchester in 1908, it was established in Australia in 1971 and now has approximately 900 Australian members.
The Australian National Council of the Catenian Association president George Kazs said that following the beatification of Mary MacKillop in 1995, Australian Catenians began seeking her intercession at the commencement of meetings and when new members join the fraternity.
Since then, the Sisters of St Joseph have enriched the spiritual life of Catenians, who are encouraged by the charism of St Mary MacKillop – her faith in a loving and provident God, her uniquely Australian response to God’s call to provide for those in need, her respect for the dignity of all and her affection for her Sisters and for those she served.
The association wished to acknowledge that the Australian expression of Catenian spirituality reflected the charism of St Mary MacKillop by adopting her as its patron saint.
The Sisters of St Joseph supported the patronage by joining the association in a ritual of adoption held at the saint’s tomb in North Sydney on Monday. St Mary MacKillop will officially become the Catenian Association's patron for Australia on her feast day, August 8.
St Mary of The Cross MacKillop the Patron Saint for Australian Catenians (Australian National Council of the Catenian Association)