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St Mary MacKillopState Library of South Australia, B 23825

Saint Mary MacKillop

Mary Helen MacKillop (1842-1909), was born on 15 January 1842 in Fitzroy, Melbourne, the eldest of eight children of Alexander MacKillop and his wife Flora, née McDonald. At the age of 24 she dedicated her life to God as a religious sister and took on the name “Mary of the Cross”. She died in North Sydney on 8 August 1909 and was canonised as a Saint on 17 October 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI.

Feast Day:
 8 August
Whatever troubles may be before you, accept them bravely, remembering Whom you are trying to follow. Do not be afraid. Love one another, bear with one another, and let charity guide you all your life. God will reward you as only He can.”
– St Mary MacKillop
TOUR DETAILS (indicative)
Tour Code MM2101
Starts 14 October 2021
Finishes 24 October 2021
Tour Cost $3,990 AUD per person Twin Share
+ Domestic Airfares (if applicable)
Single Room $1,190 AUD Supplement
Deposit $800 upon booking
* Prices are indicative and remain subject to possible changes in the unlikely event of significant exchange rate variations, airfare increases or minimum group size contingencies.
Accommodation at superior standard 3 – 4 star hotels with breakfast and dinner daily • Lunches as per the itinerary • Deluxe Air-Conditioned Touring Coach • Professional Driver / Guide throughout the program • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer (as applicable) • Accompanied by a Harvest Tour Director • All sightseeing and entrance fees as listed • Quality Harvest pilgrim pack including Harvest backpack, Pilgrim Journal and Travel Wallet.
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Footsteps of St Mary MacKillop Pilgrimage

Set out together on a true Australian Pilgrimage through the life and times of Mary MacKillop, as we rekindle the story, landscapes and spirit of our nations’ first Saint.

  • 11 Days / 10 Nights
  • 14 - 24 October 2021
  • Departs Melbourne
  • Returns Adelaide
  • With Fr John Corrigan
  • Daily Mass
Fr John Corrigan

With Fr John Corrigan
Fr John is a Parish Priest of the four parishes which constitute the Warrnambool Ministry District: St Joseph’s Parish in Warrnambool, St Pius X Parish in West Warrnambool, Infant Jesus Parish in Koroit and St Patrick’s Parish in Port Fairy. He was ordained a priest for the diocese of Ballarat in 2011 and shares a great heart and knowledge of the life and journey of St Mary MacKillop having been born and bred in this region. What a blessing he will be as he leads us forward on Australia’s most popular pilgrimage trail.

And with Tour Director: Colleen Duffy

HIGHLIGHTS: Melbourne (1) • Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre • Private Group Mass with Archbishop Comensoli • Town of Lara • Apollo Bay (1) • Great Ocean Road • The Twelve Apostles • Portland (2) • Hamilton • Mt Gambier (Blue Lake) • Penola (2) • Majella Wines • Towns of Robe & Murray Bridge • Victor Harbor (1) • Fairy Penguins tour • Hahndorf German Village • Barossa Valley (2) • Sevenhill Winery / Ignatian Centre • High Tea at Barossa Chateau  • MacKillop Adelaide highlights • Adelaide (1)


Day 1 – Thursday 14 October 2021 – Begin Melbourne

Melbourne overnight (D)


Archbishop Peter ComensoliDay 2 – Friday 15 October – Melbourne via Lara to Apollo Bay

  • Opening Mass at the Mary MacKillop Chapel celebrated by Archbishop Peter Comensoli
  • Tour the Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre and Museum where we will hear the story of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop and her life and work and the work of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. 
  • Enjoy morning tea at the Heritage centre.
  • Travel west to Lara and visit the home of Peter MacKillop, Mary’s uncle 
  • Travel south along the Great Ocean Road for an exhilarating drive via Lorne

Apollo Bay overnight (BD)


Day 3 – Saturday 16 October – Apollo Bay to Portland

  • Morning Mass at ‘Lady of the Sea’ parish church in Apollo Bay 
  • Continue along the stunning Great Ocean Road
  • See the Twelve Apostles, the magnificent rock stacks that rise up majestically from the Southern Ocean on Victoria’s dramatic coastline
  • Travel on via the colourful seaside village of Port Campbell
  • Visit St Joseph’s in Warrnambool – Fr John’s own parish church

Portland Overnight (BD)


Day 4 – Sunday 17 October –  Portland Exploration

  • Explore the sites of Mary Mackillop including Bay View House & Stables
  • Celebrate Mass at the All Saints Catholic Church in Portland where Mary was once a sacristan. Also see here the stained glass window depicting the young Mary teaching her students.
  • Afternoon at leisure
  • Sunset drive option to nearby Cape Bridgewater

Portland Overnight (BD)


Day 5 – Monday 18 October –  Portland to Penola via Hamilton & Mt Gambier

  • Travel north to Hamilton to celebrate Mass at St Mary’s Catholic Church where Mary MacKillop spent her time during the 1860s.
  • Visit the grave of Mary MacKillop’s father at the Hamilton Cemetery
  • Travel into South Australia via Dartmoor & Nelson to Port MacDonnell jetty where Mary sailed to Adelaide on the SS Penola in 1867.
  • Visit Mt Gambier and the stunning Blue Lake.
  • Arrive Penola for a privileged stay in the township during this special weekend of celebration

Penola overnight (BD)


Day 6 – Tuesday 19 October – Penola Pilgrimage Day

  • Celebrate Mass at St Joseph’s Church.
  • Join the local community for morning tea after Mass
  • Explore the Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre where we will have a light lunch
  • Visit Fr Woods Park (and sculptures) where he would regularly say Mass  
  • Visit Majella Wines, a local catholic family winery, for a vineyard tour and wine tasting

Penola overnight (BLD)


Day 7 – Wednesday 20 October – Penola to Victor Harbor

  • Travel to Robe this morning for Mass at St Mary’s Star of the Sea Church
  • See Kingston’s Big Lobster
  • View the stunning Pink Lake at Meningie
  • Stop at Murray Bridge & visit St Joseph’s School founded in 1925 by the Sisters of St Joseph.
  • Arrive at the coastal playground of Victor Harbor
  • Fairy Penguins tour at dusk: enjoy a horse-drawn tram across the causeway to Granite Island, home to the wild penguin colony

Victor Harbor overnight (BD)


Day 8 – Thursday 21 October – Victor Harbor to Barossa Valley 

  • Celebrate Mass at St Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Victor Harbor
  • Wander through Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement
  • Visit Lyndoch Lavender farm
  • FEATURE STAY – Lyndoch Hill Hotel

Barossa Valley overnight (BD)


Day 9 – Friday 22 October – Sevenhill Ignatian Winery & Chateau High Tea

  • Visit the Sevenhill Centre of Ignatian Spirituality in the Clare Valley 
  • Listen to an inspired talk here by one of the local religious
  • Explore Sevenhill Vineyards and enjoy a wine-tasting experience
  • Mass in the beautiful St Aloysius Church
  • Return to Lyndoch for a ‘High Tea’ lunch at the opulent Barossa Chateau
  • Remainder of the afternoon to rest back at our lovely hotel.

Barossa Valley overnight (BLD)


Archbishop Patrick Michael O'ReganDay 10 – Saturday 23 October – Barossa Valley to Adelaide 

  • Travel south to Adelaide, the City of Churches
  • Join the “Mary MacKillop’s Highlights Tour” visiting sites from Mary MacKillop’s time in Adelaide including the first Josephite School (1867), the King William St South Orphanage, the Russell St School (1887), the “Archbishop’s House”, where Fr Woods lived and is one of the oldest surviving Catholic buildings in South Australia,
  • Mass at St Patrick’s Church on the site where Mary MacKillop worshipped from 1867-1871.
  • Farewell dinner celebration.

Adelaide overnight (BD)


Day 11 – Sunday 24 October – Finish Adelaide (B)

Meal Code: (B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner

  • Let us all resign ourselves into His hands, and pray that in all things He may guide us to do His Holy Will… When thoughts of this or that come I turn to Him and say: “Only what you will, my God. Use me as You will.

    St. Mary MacKillop
  • When I want something very much, I thank God beforehand for I feel God will certainly grant what he has been thanked for.

    St. Mary MacKillop
  • Courage, courage, trust in God who helps you in all things we feel our crosses hard at times, but our courage should rise with them. 

    St. Mary MacKillop
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