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St Marcellin Champagnat

Fr Marcelllin Champagnat, a French peasant priest, took on an enormous challenge. Moved by the plight of the youth in post-revolutionary France, he responded dynamically by founding a congregation of teaching Brothers. With faith in God and convinced that Mary ‘Our Good Mother’ was guiding the work, he taught, trained, formed and enthused these first Brothers. Marcellin passed on to these Brothers his spirituality, and his vision of education. Marist Brothers now work in some eighty countries around the world. The mission of Marist educators is to be among the young, sowing the Good News, with a “distinctive Marist style”: with simplicity, presence, family spirit, love of work, and in the way of Mary. On April 18th 1999, Marcellin Champagnat was canonised a Saint.

Mary MacKillop

St Mary MacKillop

Mary was born in Melbourne in 1842 and trained as a governess. She soon realised the enormous problems that faced the poor children in remote rural areas. She, along with Fr. Tenison-Woods, founded the Sisters of St Joseph, a congregation of religious women devoted to education. Mary’s Sisters soon became well known for the quality of the schools that they founded and their willingness to work in remote areas with the most disadvantaged youth. Mary was beatified in Sydney by Pope John Paul II in 1995, becoming the first Australian to be called Blessed and in 2010 Mary MacKillop was canonised a Saint by Pope Benedict XVI.