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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

  • Join us for "Breakfast in the Garden" March 2024!

    February 5, 2024

    Come and join the fun, meet old friends and make new ones at our Annual “Breakfast In The Garden” event in Perth, Western Australia.

  • Farewell ethica

    January 11, 2024

    We are reaching out to thank you for your tremendous support over many years and to share an important update regarding our project supporting women artisans in Peru through Fair Trade.

  • Special note from a courageous and inspiring grandmother

    November 16, 2023

    Can you imagine waiting almost 50 years for your opportunity to learn to read and write? This is the experience of Herminia – an inspiring widowed mother of six children and grandmother of thirteen.