Inspired by Australia’s first saint, we are working to transform lives with dignity for self determination


Guided by the Gospel, we stand with the poor and the marginalised so they can realise their potential and participate fully in the community. Through access to education and learning of practical life skills, we seek to transform lives.

“I’m a teacher, let’s start today!” – Saint Mary MacKillop

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Who we are

Through Mary MacKillop Today, the vision of Australia’s first Saint and of the Sisters of Saint Joseph is being realised. In the spirit of Mary MacKillop, we work in partnership to help create generational change through the teaching of practical life skills to women, men and children in Australia and beyond.

What we do

We work with local communities in Australia and internationally through learning for life and enabling access to learning opportunities in the areas of educationhealthfinancial inclusion and livelihoods to share practical life skills for self-sufficiency.

Last year Mary MacKillop Today:

Provided literacy training for 281 teachers in Timor-leste .
Provided literacy training for 281 teachers in Timor-leste .
Provided literacy training for 281 teachers in Timor-leste .
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Featured News

Latest from our blog

  • Creativity shines in Vanimo, PNG

    May 17, 2019

    All humans are born creative, as our childhood finger-painting can attest to. Sometimes however, creativity is borne of necessity.

  • Our PNG Australian Aid Friendship Grant

    March 12, 2019

    Support from the Australian Government through a Australian Aid: Friendship Grant is boosting efforts to support people with disability…

  • Thank you for the gift of books

    February 5, 2019

    You might remember at the beginning of January 2018 Mary MacKillop Today’s first successful crowdfunding campaign raised over $18,000. The goal was to produce and develop empowering stories of children with disability in Papua New Guinea