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  • Collaboration and Hope in Fiji

    November 9, 2018

    Over the past year, we’ve developed two new partnerships with locally-based organisations in Fiji, making Fiji the newest country for our growing Partnerships & Performance work!

  • Welcome to the first edition of Mary's News Today!

    September 25, 2018

    Here we can share stories with you about the work you are making possible – both in Australia and overseas. In this edition you’ll see we have heart-warming stories from near and afar.

  • What's your legacy?

    September 25, 2018

    Having a valid Will is important to help protect the future of your loved ones. After considering your family’s needs, choosing to leave a lasting legacy to Mary MacKillop Today will allow our life-changing work to continue for years to come

  • Celebrating new beginnings at our office blessing!

    September 25, 2018

    Thank you to those who joined us for the Office Blessing at our new space in North Sydney on 17th July. It was great to be able to meet many of our supporters and to have some of our amazing Mary MacKillop Today Scholarship recipients attend.

  • Thank you for providing livelihoods!

    September 25, 2018

    Mary MacKillop Today’s partner in Peru, Solidaridad para el Desarrollo, has just completed training 40 women in Puka Phallcha and Kailla Kipu communities to knit beautiful garments and work together to manage their small businesses!

  • Your big heart has helped rural Aussies!

    September 25, 2018

    Mary MacKillop Today’s Financial Inclusion Program supports low income earners to move away from financial hardship towards stability.

  • You helped Anna see!

    September 25, 2018

    In the small community of Waramo village in Vanimo, Papua New Guinea, your generous support is transforming the lives of people like Anna.

  • Say hello to Iza in Timor-Leste!

    September 25, 2018

    Mary MacKillop Today’s Mobile Learning Centre (MLC) operates in and around Dili in Timor-Leste. Many challenges exist for children to access quality education, with many schools and pre-schools outside of the capital lacking basic resourc

  • Linda's Story - giving back to her community!

    September 25, 2018

    Linda is a motivated, focused and driven individual. As a mother of six and proud grandmother of one, she works tirelessly to inspire, educate and encourage her children to study hard by setting a good example.

  • We need your opinion - can you help us?

    September 25, 2018

    I’m writing to you as one of our wonderful supporters because I value your opinion and would like to hear your feedback about what you think of Mary MacKillop Today and why our work is important to you.   

  • Celebrating CBCA Book Week 2018 at Mary MacKillop Today

    August 23, 2018

    At Mary MacKillop Today, we love books and all things education. Our staff took the opportunity to celebrate Book Week 2018 on 23 August!

  • Saint Mary MacKillop's Feast Day 2018

    August 8, 2018

    This Feast Day, we’re celebrating the vision of Australia’s first Saint and of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, being realised.

  • Mary's wish

    August 8, 2018

    I believe at the heart of it, that is what Mary MacKillop was trying to achieve… for children to be free, to express themselves, to grow, to learn, to be inspired. To live life fully with a sense of optimism and nurturing.

  • Subsidiarity and Development in Timor-Leste

    July 27, 2018

    Mary MacKillop Today’s Timorese staff have trained thousands of teachers, approximately 15 per cent of the entire teaching population, on how to deliver the national curriculum using innovation and creativity.

  • Fostering a love of learning in Timor-Leste

    July 5, 2018

    It’s been three years in the planning but finally it’s all coming together. In mid July, eight Year 11 students from St Joseph’s East Gosford will be flying into Timor-Leste to participate in the Mary MacKillop Today immersion.

  • From One Family to Another

    July 4, 2018

    Programs like those instigated by The Glen and supported by Mary MacKillop Today in regional high schools and with families are so crucial in providing hope for a positive future for kids in regional communities.

  • Mary's courage alive in Timor-Leste

    July 3, 2018

    This is an important reminder of what communities and individuals can achieve when empowered to make their own decisions.

  • A sign of a new era

    July 2, 2018

    I watched yesterday as the new sign was lifted and hung outside our office in Dili, Timor-Leste.

  • COUNTDOWN  ... OUR SINGLE MINISTRY

    May 31, 2018

    Pray with us for Saint Mary’s blessings on the transformational change ahead. We are on the cusp of an historic moment.

  • Empowering parents to help their children learn!

    May 10, 2018

    Children in poor communities are facing barriers to education…in their own homes. You can equip and empower their parents to help them.

  • 2018 Scholarship Announcement!

    March 7, 2018

    You’re helping more Indigenous Australians to break down barriers and fulfill their dreams. Many of our students are the first in their families to study at university, and it’s with your help that more Indigenous Australians are able to receive a tertiary education. One of the top reasons that Indigenous students drop out of university […]

  • 2018 Community Grants Announcement!

    March 7, 2018

    The Mary MacKillop Foundation is pleased to announce the funding for 22 life-changing community projects in 2018, which aim to improve the lives of vulnerable and marginalised Australians through education. If it were not for your generosity, many of the projects that we support through the Mary MacKillop Foundation might not otherwise receive funding needed […]

  • Education ... helping families learn together

    February 5, 2018

    In Timor-Leste, many parents never had the opportunity to attend school themselves and now struggle to play an active role in their children’s learning and development at home.

  • Launching ... new beginnings

    February 5, 2018

    On 1 July 2018, Mary MacKillop International will join with the Mary MacKillop Foundation and the Josephite Foundation to form a powerful single ministry: Mary MacKillop Today.

  • Livelihoods ... creating new futures

    February 5, 2018

    In Peru, less than 60% of women are active in the workforce, with those in remote and rural communities further disadvantaged by a lack of education and limited opportunities to earn a living

  • Health ... teaching skills that saves lives

    February 5, 2018

    In Timor-Leste, MMI recently supported the Timor-Leste Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education for a Global Hand-Washing Day event that was held on October 18, 2017.

  • Dear friends and supporters of MMI

    February 5, 2018

    Welcome to the February 2018 edition of Mary’s World. This will be an exciting year at MMI. There are hundreds of teachers in Timor-Leste who we plan to train and hundreds of women in Peru we will help to earn an income…and so much more!

  • Christmas Wishes from Timor-Leste!

    December 22, 2017

    The MMI staff of TImor-Leste would like to convey our Happy Christmas and New Year for all of our supporters. We wish the new year brings a happiness and prosperity for all in the year coming.

  • A message from the Hon. John Watkins

    December 19, 2017

    Mary MacKillop Today will bring together the work of the Mary MacKillop Foundation, Mary MacKillop International and the Josephite Foundation.

  • Handwashing saves lives!

    November 9, 2017

    Every year 1.4 million children do not live to celebrate their 5th birthday. Watch the video of our Health Literacy Program in Timor-Leste…

  • Help 5000 children get at book!

    October 23, 2017

    Become a crowdfunding buddy with MMI’s Crowdfunding Campaign and help 5000 children get a book!  Each book costs just $2.05- less than a cup of coffee.

  • Dear friends and supporters of MMI

    September 20, 2017

    Welcome to the September 2017 edition of Mary’s World. In a world fraught with violence, oppression and suffering it can often be hard to find hope. Thanks to your support we can continue the legacy of Mary MacKillop and that brings great hope.

  • Education... empowering future leaders

    September 20, 2017

    In Peru, MMI, in partnership with the Centro de Educacion, Organizacion y Promocion del Desarrollo, trains teachers and involves students in an effort to promote safe environments for children, both in their schools and in their homes.

  • Health... creating brighter possibilities

    September 20, 2017

    In Papua New Guinea nearly one million children and adults with disabiliy lack access to proper support services. One of MMI’s on the ground partnerships is with Callan Vanimo Special Resource Centre (Callan Services) that seeks to address this imbalance.

  • Livelihoods... a fair go for all

    September 20, 2017

    Sustainable, meaningful and fair livelihoods benefit whole communities, decreasing poverty that helps families to lead meaningful lives, open to all possibilities.

  • Launching... PNG Partnerships

    September 20, 2017

    In Sydney, on Friday 19 May 2017, MMI officially launched our programs in Papua New Guinea, celebrating the history and ongoing legacy of the Federation Josephites in PNG. We introduced our supporters to our partnership programs that focus on inclusive communities for those with disabilities and early childhood learning.

  • Our exciting merger news!

    September 5, 2017

    Here at MMI we are very excited about our planned merger with the Josephite Foundation and the Mary MacKillop Foundation in July next year.

  • Celebrating 20 years of the Mary MacKillop Foundation

    September 1, 2017

    On 28 July 2017, we held a Morning Tea to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Mary MacKillop Foundation Our MC Caroline Jones lead a truly heart-warming event, where we were inspired to hear from multiple recipients of our Indigenous Tertiary Scholarships, as well as Frances Rush, the CEO of one of our project partners, […]

  • An Outstanding debt... by Mary Haire

    August 16, 2017

    75 years ago my father Jerry Haire was fighting for his life on Timor Leste. Outnumbered by the Japanese, he and around 300 commandos of the 2/2 Australian Independent Company had refused to surrender.

  • What Mary MacKillop did for others, we still must do

    August 8, 2017

    On 8 August every year, we celebrate Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop’s Feast Day This Feast Day, we’re celebrating 20 years since the launch of Mary MacKillop Foundation and reflecting on the qualities and actions that set Mary apart. She was truly a woman well before her time, with courage that inspires our work […]

  • FUNdraising Trivia Night - 28 June 2017

    June 1, 2017

    It’s all about the fun! This general knowledge trivia night by Ethica is designed to amuse and entertain while supporting our livelihood projects in Peru!

  • Read Valentine's letter from PNG!

    May 9, 2017

    Valentine Masa works in the remote township of Vanimo, Papua New Guinea. This is a community where many Sisters of St Joseph served

  • Meet Willie, an inspirational volunteer!

    May 9, 2017

    As a person with a hearing impairment, Willie knows well the challenges the children in Papua New Guinea face each day.

  • Celebrating 100 Tertiary Scholarship Graduates!

    April 5, 2017

    Can you imagine being the first in your family to graduate university? For many of our graduates, this is their reality, and it makes me even prouder to announce that one hundred of our Mary MacKillop Tertiary Scholarship recipients have now graduated universities across Australia. We are also so proud of the fact that not […]

  • Switch off to Join the Future this Earth Hour!

    March 24, 2017

    Our actions on climate change today will shape the future for our children, so please join MMI this Saturday 25 March and switch off to #Jointhefuture.

  • Everyone Belongs - celebrate Harmony Day!

    March 21, 2017

    Harmony day is a celebration of cultural diversity held every year on 21 March.

  • Take the Happiness Pledge on IHD!

    March 19, 2017

    We ask you on International Happiness Day to take the pledge ‘to create more happiness in the world.’

  • St Joseph - Patient, humble and hidden.

    March 18, 2017

    Celebrate the life of St. Joseph this feast day with the following reflection and prayer put together by the Sisters of St. Joseph.

  • Celebrating bold action on IWD!

    March 7, 2017

    This International Women’s Day, MMI would like you to get to know Maria Pereira, who, through the empowerment of education has boldly made positive transformations in both her own and her children’s lives.

  • Pray with us on World Day of Prayer!

    March 2, 2017

    World Day of Prayer is a worldwide movement of Christians of all traditions who come together each year on the first Friday of March to observe a common time of prayer to which all people are welcome.

  • Livelihoods... a dignified life for all

    February 8, 2017

    There are many barriers which prevent individuals from accessing safe and fair livelihoods. Research has shown that sustainable, fair and meaningful livelihoods for women…

  • Health... treating all equally

    February 8, 2017

    One of the most basic human rights is the right to health. Having poor health severely limits access to education, work, food and shelter, making it difficult to live purposeful lives of dignity.

  • Education... the opportunity for a lifetime

    February 8, 2017

    Education has power; it’s more than learning to read and write, it has the ability to transform lives by giving individuals the opportunity to reach their full potential and contribute positively to society.

  • Dear Friends and supporters of MMI

    February 8, 2017

    Welcome to the February 2017 edition of Mary’s World. Last year Pope Francis called all people of goodwill to “live fully, to choose to leave a mark.

  • Hello from the women of Pitumarca, Peru!

    January 30, 2017

    Sophie Jenkins, MMI’s International Program officer, recently met with the women of the Puka Phallcha association in Pitumarca, Peru, including Lourdes, aged 27, who was recently elected as president of the association…

  • Meet the inspiring future leaders of Peru!

    January 24, 2017

    MMI’s International Program Officer, Sophie Jenkins, is currently visiting our programs in Peru.  Last week, Sophie met these inspiring future leaders of Peru, pictured in front of the mural they painted…

  • Connecting... compassion in action

    January 16, 2017

    Throughout last year, the students and staff of Mount St Joseph in Milperra, once again demonstrated their passion and drive for social  justice, working tirelessly to change the lives of women, men and children in Peru.

  • From us to you - a Christmas wish

    December 19, 2016

    As Country director of MMI I would like to convey my great gratitude of your generous support to us. You have tirelessly committed to help our Timorese people and special thanks to the Mobile Learning Centre donors.

  • A wonderful celebration of music, faith & community!

    December 15, 2016

    Sydney Sings with Amelia Farrugia was a wonderful celebration of music, faith and community on Saturday 10thDecember. So many people from the local Blessed Sacrament community and quite a number from a-far enjoyed the strength and beauty of Amelia Farrugia alongside her beautiful students.

  • Sydney Sings - In Concert Saturday December 10th

    December 6, 2016

    This Saturday, highly acclaimed Australian Opera Singer, Amelia Farrugia will be showcasing students from her school – Sydney Sings at a very special concert in support of MMI’s Music-for-Life program run through our Mobile Learning Centre.

  • Making an Impact... Educating Timor-Leste

    October 18, 2016

    Some 20 years since the Sisters of St Joseph were invited to help the people of Timor-Leste in Tetun literacy, MMI’s dedicated local staff work at the grass- roots to empower whole communities by training teachers in the most remote and underserviced regions of the country.

  • Taking Action - School Peace Program

    October 18, 2016

    In Peru, MMI, in partnership with a local NGO, CEOP ILO, have implemented an innovative School Peace Program. Students are learning skills in conflict resolution, peer mediation and advocacy…

  • Changing Lives through friendship and faith

    October 18, 2016

    Education remains a key challenge for Timor-Leste’s future development. In a country where nearly 50% of the population cannot read or write, the need to provide quality education is urgent.

  • Bringing hope through education, health & livelihoods

    October 18, 2016

    Education Thanks to dedicated Australian supporters like you, MMI has purchased a bus which is being converted into a Mobile Learning Centre in Timor-Leste. It will be fitted out with Tetum literacy books, music equipment and other  educational resources. The bus will visit schools, orphanages and disability centres in marginalised communities with MMI’s trainers using […]

  • Creating New Possibilities in Papua New Guinea

    October 18, 2016

    Some 52 years ago the Josephites boldly commenced their mission with the people of PNG, working with some of the most remote communities in the world, and remained there for nearly 40 years.

     

  • Mary's World: Letter from MMI's CEO - Kirsty Robertson

    September 30, 2016

    Dear friends and supporters of MMI

    Earlier this year Pope Francis encouraged us to be hope for the future. He said to be that hope we needed two things.

    Firstly, we needed a memory: of our people, our family and where we come from, the memory of our journey and what we received from those closest to you.

  • Sister Kathy - Reconnecting with Papua New Guinea

    September 28, 2016

    Dear Friends

    I was delighted when I was asked to accompany Kirsty and Sophie from MMI to Papua New Guinea last February. I had left the country after working with the people from 1970 to 1997.

  • The Year to Come

    January 13, 2016

    What a year we had! You all responded so enthusiastically to our Christmas appeal so thanks to you we will now be able to make sure Indigenous Australians who gain a place at a tertiary university are able to take full advantage of that opportunity. Now that we are well into the New Year I’ve […]

  • Ten things you might not know about Mary

    August 20, 2015

    Mary MacKillop was an educator, a pioneer and a leader, someone who had compassion for others regardless of their situation or race. Galvanised by her belief in the value of education as the foundation for a fulfilling life, Mary’s motto was ‘never see a need without doing something about it’. This led her to minister in […]