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  • "I want to help keep Saint Mary's legacy alive well into the future."

    June 12, 2024

    You are helping to break the cycle of poverty for people doing it tough in the current cost-of-living crisis.

  • Resilient mothers in Fiji set a new path for themselves.

    June 12, 2024

    Generous people like you are helping to provide an opportunity to change the path these women face.

  • "We were able to get back on our feet"

    June 12, 2024

    You are helping to break the cycle of poverty for people doing it tough in the current cost-of-living crisis.

  • "Now I no longer feel heavy, because I have been trained"

    June 12, 2024

    In Timor-Leste, school enrolment has seen a tremendous increase, but the quality of education is still lacking.

  • Dear Friends and Supporters

    June 12, 2024

    Thanks to your kind support, not only can Herminia now read and write, but she also pours her heart into teaching her four grandchildren these essential skills, creating a powerful legacy of knowledge.

  • 'Women at the Heart' Webinar

    March 21, 2024

    All our work is made possible thanks to your generosity and support. Let’s continue to walk alongside people towards a better tomorrow, just like Mary MacKillop.

  • 20 years of Community Grants and counting

    March 4, 2024

    Chrys Fernando is our Australian Programs Coordinator and is responsible for managing Mary MacKillop Today’s Community Grants program.

  • Janette and Austin's twelve years of generosity

    March 4, 2024

    Recently we enjoyed chatting with Janette and Austin — a lovely couple who have kindly been making monthly donations to support our work since 2011.

  • Lucinda has been inspired - she wants to be just like her teacher!

    March 4, 2024

    There’s nothing quite like hearing a child talk about what they want to be when they grow up.

  • Dear Friends and Supporters

    March 4, 2024

    Saint Mary MacKillop was not only an incredibly inspiring woman herself, but she also drew other inspiring women to join her in her work as Sisters of Saint Joseph.

  • I was encouraged to know that I am "still something..."

    March 4, 2024

    It’s truly remarkable to witness the success that kind supporters like you make possible.

  • "I feel like I am starting a new life in a good way"

    March 4, 2024

    The economic disadvantage starts early on in life, particularly for those living in remote and rural communities, where many girls miss out on opportunities to go to school and get an education.

  • "This scholarship has truly changed the way I study"

    March 4, 2024

    Your support breaks down barriers to education. You help to provide much-needed scholarship access to tertiary studies for incredible First Nations students.

  • "Now, people call us to be part of community actions."

    March 4, 2024

    The ‘Enhancing Women’s Civil Participation in Rural Peru’ project is working to give women living in the rural province of Quispicanchi, in the southern highlands of Peru, the skills, confidence, and opportunities to become community leaders.

  • "I can make money for my children to study."

    March 3, 2024

    In Quispicanchi, a rural region in the southern highlands of Peru, only 10% of high school graduates go on to pursue further studies at university or vocational training centres.

  • 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.

  • I'd like to think I'm honouring my wife's wishes

    September 4, 2023

    John decided to remember Dorothy and her big heart by including a gift to Mary MacKillop Today in his Will, so Dorothy’s compassion can live on to help more people in need.

  • Towards best practice in sustainability

    September 4, 2023

    This Partner Learning Forum focused on the theme of ‘Towards Best Practice in Sustainability.’

  • The next generation of leaders in the Kimberley

    September 4, 2023

    An essential part of Mary MacKillop Today’s development model to build self-sustaining communities is our Community Grants program.

  • Youth Entrepreneurship in Rural Peru

    September 4, 2023

    The Youth Entrepreneurship in Rural Peru project is set to help the young people to reach their full potential through an entrepreneurial spirit to drive change in their communities.

  • Tina's decade of dedication

    September 4, 2023

    We’ve been thankful to have Tina as a passionate member of the Mary MacKillop Today family for 10 years!

  • Self-sustaining communities drive their own change

    September 4, 2023

    Mary MacKillop Today’s unique approach to development is built on locally led partnerships, working together towards self-sustaining communities for lasting impact.

  • Sereki's legacy in rural Fiji

    September 4, 2023

    Sereki was a true inspiration to many, leaving an unforgettable impact on the lives of countless people.

  • Financial literacy now and beyond

    September 4, 2023

    At Mary MacKillop Today, our focus is on holistic support. That means building relationships with each person who comes to us seeking support to escape economic hardship, so we can address the underlying issues together that might be affecting their financial capability.

  • Dear Friends and Supporters

    September 4, 2023

    It’s truly remarkable to witness the success that kind supporters like you make possible.

  • When First Nations people receive scholarships, it is a circuit breaker

    June 7, 2023

    When First Nations people receive scholarships, it is a circuit breaker.

  • See aspiring First Nations students become architects of their own future.

    May 25, 2023

    Our First Nations students are the next generation of teachers, doctors, business leaders… the possibilities are endless!

  • Join us to help change lives through education!

    May 16, 2023

    Saint Mary MacKillop saw the power of education as a pathway towards self-determination, famously saying, “I’m a teacher, let’s start today!”

  • Celebrating Angela, a volunteer making a world of difference!

    May 16, 2023

    National Volunteers Week is a time to celebrate the millions of volunteers across Australia. We would like to shine a light on one of our own inspiring volunteers, Angela…

  • Supporting First Nations Scholarships: Tegan's Story

    May 11, 2023

    Tegan found Mary MacKillop Today’s First Nations Tertiary Scholarship, which provided her with the financial support she needed to take care of her family and continue her studies.

  • Dear friends and supporters

    March 9, 2023

    There’s no doubt it is tough right now for people globally. The rising cost of living is pushing so many families to the margins. So many people are in need.

  • Why and how do we focus on partnerships

    March 9, 2023

    All our partners are incredible organisations with such strong ties to their local communities.

  • Scholarships to help people flourish

    March 9, 2023

    The Mary MacKillop Today Scholarship provides much-needed financial assistance to students, relieving the financial burden related to tertiary education.

  • Supporting new Australians at a crucial life stage

    March 9, 2023

    The Josephite Refugee Mentor Support Project supports people who are new to Australia to gain access to education.

  • Government partnerships paving the way in Timor-Leste

    March 9, 2023

    The impact of having good partnerships means that the community can receive consistent information from both Mary MacKillop Today and the government.

  • Santusa is breaking the cycle of poverty, thanks to your support!

    March 9, 2023

    Kind supporters like you are empowering women and young people living in rural and remote communities to break the cycle of poverty.

  • Your vital role in our partnership with the Sisters of St Joseph

    March 9, 2023

    I believe the partnership between the Sisters of St Joseph and Mary MacKillop Today is successful because it grew out of the Sisters living with and working ‘on the ground’ with the people.

  • Helping people achieve financial freedom

    March 9, 2023

    Financial inclusion is about making sure that everyday financial services are available to everyone at a reasonable cost — instead of pushing people, who are already struggling, even further to the margins.

  • Programs working with wonderful partnerships

    March 9, 2023

    Our partners ‘on the ground’ provide us with vital local knowledge to strengthen our programs.

  • Join us for "Breakfast in the Garden" March 2023!

    January 30, 2023

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

  • We would love to hear your thoughts on our future directions...!

    January 24, 2023

    As a community we are entering a period of reflection, discernment and planning, as we here, at Mary MacKillop Today, craft our new Strategic Plan. We’d love you to tell us your thoughts!

  • Mereoni recently found her voice through new skills and knowledge...

    September 8, 2022

    In Fiji, traditional community structures often do not provide women with the ability to play an active role in decision making. This is especially common in remote areas.

  • Dear friends and supporters

    September 8, 2022

    The impact of the pandemic, conflict, and the rising cost of living around the world has been catastrophic for people living in poverty.

  • "I owe the Timorese people my father's life"

    September 8, 2022

    We recently spoke with one of our supporters, Mary Haire. She told us the incredible story of her father, Jerry Haire, who served in Timor Leste in 1942.

  • The heartbeat of the Josephite Sisters in the East Kimberley

    September 8, 2022

    Nearly 60 years ago, the first Sisters of St Joseph arrived in the town of Wyndham in East Kimberley, Western Australia.

  • Education beyond the classroom in Peru

    September 8, 2022

    Education doesn’t just happen in the classroom, but also in the home and within the community.

  • Supporting regional Australians

    September 8, 2022

    Financial inclusion is about making sure that everyday financial services are available to everyone at a reasonable cost — instead of pushing people, who are already struggling, even further to the margins.

  • The importance of early education in Fiji

    September 8, 2022

    In Fiji, people from remote islands often come to the city in search of work and end up living in informal ‘squatter’ settlements

  • Peruvian Women in community leadership

    September 8, 2022

    Women have incredible power to uplift their communities to flourish together! But to be able to do this, women experiencing marginalisation must first be supported to realise their inherent value.

  • What Saint Mary MacKillop's legacy looks like today

    August 1, 2022

    In celebration of Mary’s Feast Day on 8th August, our CEO Jane Woolford reflects on her recent travels to see Mary’s legacy alive today.

  • Dear Friends and Supporters

    March 1, 2022

    I would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to each of you for the good wishes, prayers and thoughtful messages you send through to us each day.

  • Tetun storybooks bridging the gap for Timorese children

    March 1, 2022

    Our Tetun Literacy and Teacher Training Project in Timor-Leste is improving educational outcomes for children in remote and rural areas and revitalising the native Tetun language.

  • With your support, the Sisters are reaching those most in need in Peru

    March 1, 2022

    In Peru, we are proud to work with the Sisters of St Joseph to improve quality of life for children and adults living in some of the most remote parts of the country.

  • Meet Bridie, First Nations Scholarship recipient and Honours student

    March 1, 2022

    Bridie is a proud Wiradjuri woman from Bateman’s Bay on the New South Wales far south coast.

  • Keeping children safe in Papua New Guinea

    March 1, 2022

    Our focus is to help end child exploitation and abuse by growing awareness of child safeguarding practices and the importance of safe and inclusive learning environments, within the scope of Callan Services’ work.

  • No-interest car loans help with job security

    March 1, 2022

    Mary MacKillop Today’s no-interest car loans help with job security.

  • Meet Lyall, one of our valued monthly donors ...

    March 1, 2022

    Donating regularly is a commitment I’m happy to make. I know it is being put to good use.

  • Your donations are helping vulnerable women gain new skills

    March 1, 2022

    We were delighted to fund vital first aid skills training for vulnerable women in Sydney supported by Lou’s Place, a community based, daytime refuge for women in crisis.

  • Indigenous Money Network Program

    September 29, 2021

    Mary Mackillop Today partners with Good Shepherd Australia to increase the financial resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our communities.

  • Dear friends and supporters

    September 9, 2021

    As we continue to battle the impacts of the pandemic, I am mindful of how much I appreciate your support.

  • The uplifting power of self-determination

    September 9, 2021

    Being worthy of respect – from yourself and from others – is inherent to every person.

  • Supporting women as community leaders - Peru & Fiji

    September 9, 2021

    It’s important for women experiencing vulnerability to gain the confidence to realise their inherent value and vital role in uplifting their entire community.

  • Helping families heal: Make a change - The Kimberley, WA

    September 9, 2021

    Thanks to the generosity of people like you, our Community Grants can support grassroots initiatives focused on the unique needs of communities.

  • Taking steps towards financial wellbeing - Central West NSW

    September 9, 2021

    Financial wellbeing empowers people to have control of their lives and build their economic resilience. But sadly, right here in Australia, there are many people living on the margins.

  • Celebrating Saint Mary's Feast Day 2021

    September 9, 2021

    We created a commemorative prayer card to share this hope with you and inspire you to take fresh courage through Mary’s incredible legacy.

  • Empowering parents to support children's education - Timor-Leste

    September 9, 2021

    Education is a pathway out of poverty and key to restoring dignity through self-determination. Many parents wish to see their children accessing the education they need for a bright future.

  • Livelihoods to set up families for the future - Timor-Leste

    September 9, 2021

    Building a successful livelihood is key for people to break free from the cycle of poverty and realise their dignity through self-determination.

  • 2021 Saint Mary MacKillop Feast Day

    August 8, 2021

    We invite you to watch a short video from our CEO, Jane Woolford. Jane talks about what Mary MacKillop means to  her. “Mary always had hope, perseverance and faith in God … Mary made a difference in the lives of many children, women and families who are struggling.” We wish you all a very Happy […]

  • Why 'Education for Life' is important

    March 17, 2021

    Education is one of the best investments a country can make to alleviate poverty. Through her time working with communities around the world, Mary MacKillop Today’s CEO, Jane Woolford, has come to deeply appreciate the relationship between education and poverty. Jane shares why she believes ‘Education for Life’ is important.

  • Community Grants in Australia

    March 17, 2021

    Our Community Grants program has invested grants in over 600 life-changing projects across the country since 1995. We partner with organisations who empower Australia’s most marginalised people to improve their lives through education.

  • Meet Christine, one of our valued supporters

    March 17, 2021

    It is only through the generosity of our wonderful supporters that we can reach people in need, here in Australia and overseas. We are so thankful for the kind support to help us follow in the footsteps of Saint Mary MacKillop and break down cycles of disadvantage.

  • Dear friends and supporters of Mary MacKillop Today

    March 17, 2021

    During her most difficult trials, Mary persevered to provide practical support for children and families, regardless of their background.

  • Providing inclusive education in remote areas - Papua New Guinea

    March 17, 2021

    As part of our mission to provide Education for Life, we are doing everything we can to make sure no one is left behind.

  • Training Teachers with skills for lifelong learning in Timor Leste

    March 17, 2021

    Timor Leste will celebrate 18 years of independence this May. We remember the humble beginnings of the work of the Sisters of St Joseph who walked alongside the Timorese throughout the years of the Indonesian occupation and after the 1999 post-referendum violence.

  • Helping parents get involved in education in Peru

    March 17, 2021

    At Mary MacKillop Today, we believe education doesn’t just happen within the classroom, but also in the home and within the community.

  • Supporting Women's Leadership in Fiji

    March 17, 2021

    Women in participating communities are invited to join a series of training workshops delivered in partnership with local government and non-government organisations.

  • Join us for "Breakfast in the Garden" March 2021!

    March 2, 2021

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

  • Thank you for supporting First Nations Scholarships

    January 15, 2021

    Happy New Year from all of us here at Mary MacKillop Today! We hope you enjoyed a peaceful Christmas despite the many ways COVID-19 continues to turn our lives upside down. After a uniquely challenging 2020, may this year be filled with new hope and renewal.

  • Dear Friends and Supporters of Mary MacKillop Today

    September 1, 2020

    A message from our CEO to share an update about the impact of COVID-19 on our communities, and why we are focusing on our guiding principle, Women at the Heart, right now. It has certainly been an eventful year so far and I know many of you have been heavily impacted by the disruptions of […]

  • Remembering Sister Cathy

    September 1, 2020

    A very special person integral to the beginnings of ethica in Peru A much-loved member of the Mary MacKillop Today family, Sister Cathy Dean, has sadly passed away. She played a key role in the inception of our  Fair Trade social enterprise in Peru, ethica. One of Sister Cathy’s close friends and another important person […]

  • Celebrating 10 years since the canonisation of Saint Mary MacKillop

    September 1, 2020

    This year is the 10-year anniversary of the canonisation of Saint Mary of the Cross, Australia’s first Saint. At Mary MacKillop Today, we are reflecting on the qualities and actions that set Mary apart, and how her legacy continues to be relevant today. Mary MacKillop was an ordinary woman with an extraordinary dream and a […]

  • Helping women affected by family violence in Peru

    September 1, 2020

    One of the greatest dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the increased risk of family violence. Women, especially, are suffering abuse at the hands of family members in their home.

  • Aussie schools raise funds for Mobile Kindy in Fiji

    September 1, 2020

    We asked schools all over Australia to hold fundraising activities during the month of August in celebration of Mary MacKillop’s Feast Day. We were thrilled to see so many school communities sign up to raise funds for the Mobile Kindy program in Fiji!

  • Why I decided to include Mary MacKillop Today in my Will

    September 1, 2020

    Now aged in her eighties, Leonie shared how she came to support Mary MacKillop Today many years ago by witnessing the wonderful work of her sister, Joan, who is a Sister of St Joseph.

  • What does it mean to achieve financial freedom?

    September 1, 2020

    For many people, the impact of COVID-19 has brought financial hardship. With widespread job losses and business shutdowns, it means less money in the pockets of people who are desperately trying to make ends meet

  • Silvia and our Women’s Livelihoods Project

    September 1, 2020

    Silvia is a wonderful example of a success story with our Women’s Livelihoods Project in Timor-Leste – thanks to your generosity!

  • Meet Hayden, First Nations Scholarship recipient

    September 1, 2020

    Growing up, Hayden loved reading and learning all that he could. The more he learnt, the more he began to see the injustices that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were facing. That’s when he decided on his dream of becoming a lawyer.

  • Keeping Mary MacKillop's spirit alive

    May 27, 2020

    I have recently been appointed as the Chairperson of Mary MacKillop today and am keen to try and emulate the remarkable work undertaken by our former Chair…

  • Keeping kids healthy in Timor during COVID-19

    May 1, 2020

    Many teachers and community leaders in Timor-Leste are currently not equipped to educate children and their families on basic health and hygiene practices…

  • How you can help young Aboriginal Australians

    May 1, 2020

    Disengagement from education is a significant concern amongst community members in the Kimberley region of Western Australia and local service providers are …

  • NILS & StepUp Loans - serving those in need over the phone!

    April 3, 2020

    In this global pandemic we find ourselves facing, Mary MacKillop Today’s Financial Inclusion Program throughout Central-West NSW is now more important than ever!

  • COVID-19: Maintaining the legacy of Mary MacKillop

    March 20, 2020

    We here at Mary MacKillop Today are continuing our important work. I’d like to share with you what we are doing in response to COVID-19 to continue to serve those most in need; 

  • Dear friends and supporters

    January 28, 2020

    As the new CEO of Mary MacKillop Today, I aspire to work diligently, with pride and enthusiasm, alongside our dedicated staff, in serving our vital mission in a way that emulates and honours the legacy and spirit of Saint Mary MacKillop…

  • You’ve made Julio a happy dad!

    January 28, 2020

    Mary MacKillop Today relies on your support to make a difference in the lives of parents in Timor-Leste, where many are not able to be involved in their children’s education.

  • Jamin for a good cause

    January 28, 2020

    You might remember in our last newsletter we introduced you to an inspiring young man called Benjamin and we wanted to share with you a wonderful update!

  • Helping Aussies having a tough time...

    January 28, 2020

    Your ongoing support of our Financial Inclusion Program gives a ‘hand up’ to those Aussies having a tough time.

  • Be the Change!

    January 28, 2020

    Mary MacKillop Today supports rural artisans in Peru through our Fair Trade social enterprise; ethica and our livelihoods program.

  • Transforming lives in PNG!

    January 28, 2020

    Mary MacKillop Today’s Inclusive Communities is a vital program in Papua New Guinea aiming to increase access to inclusive health and education services while raising awareness of the rights of people with disability in remote village communities

  • Connecting Communities in Australia

    January 28, 2020

    Mary MacKillop Today’s Community Grants Program partners with organisations to improve the lives of Australia’s most vulnerable and marginalised people through education in all its form.

  • Meet April, the first in her family to go to University!

    January 28, 2020

    Help make tertiary education possible for determined First Nations students, like April, the first in her family to go to University!

  • Mary MacKillop Today - No Interest Loans Scheme Bushfire Relief

    January 21, 2020

    For those of you directly impacted by the bushfires, we want to provide you with how, in response to this unprecedented disaster, our Financial Inclusion program’s ‘No Interest Loans Scheme’ (NILS) has been updated to assist you.

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

    January 15, 2020

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

  • Introducing our new CEO- Jane Woolford!

    January 10, 2020

    Mary MacKillop Today has announced the appointment of Jane Woolford as our new CEO, commencing 28 January 2020.  Jane joins Mary Mackillop Today with a wealth of experience gained in the international and Australian not-for-profit sectors

  • BenJAMin's jams - transforming lives one jar at a time!

    November 13, 2019

    benJAMin’s Strawberry & Vanilla jams & East Timorese BBQ Sassate sauce are now available at  Harris Farm Markets in Lindfield, Cammeray, Mosman, St Ives and Willoughby from Saturday 16 November & proceeds will go to Timor-Leste..

  • Dear Friends and Supporters

    September 3, 2019

    Dear Friends and Supporter,

    Firstly, thank you for your kindness and support throughout what was an exciting first financial year as Mary MacKillop Today!  You make it possible to lift vulnerable communities out of poverty through empowering opportunities – and I am so grateful for that.

  • You're giving a voice to women in Fiji

    September 3, 2019

    In partnership with local organisation Ola Fou Fiji, the Talitha Women’s Leadership program aims to empower young women to be agents of change within their community. The training focuses on building skills in leadership, mentoring and financial literacy.

  • Meet Ben...

    September 3, 2019

    As a ten year old boy Benjamin asked his mum to make jam to support his immense love of all things fruity and sweet. He also wanted to support children in Timor-Leste who don’t enjoy the same educational opportunities that he and his brothers have here in Australia

  • Thank you from Theresa!

    September 3, 2019

    Theresa is strong Aboriginal woman from the Gweagal Clan of the Eora Nation, Sydney. She however grew up in her father’s country within the culturally vibrant community of the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community, on the NSW south coast.

  • A fair income for single teen mums

    September 3, 2019

    Recently ethica ran a crowdfunding campaign seeking funding to produce a new range of gorgeous fair trade bags and accessories to help single teen mums in Peru earn a fair income. ethica is our  social enterprise that believes with all our heart in helping women and mothers to become strong women. Teen pregnancy is closely […]

  • Helping rural Aussies!

    September 3, 2019

    Your ongoing support of Mary MacKillop Today’s Financial Inclusion Team means we are able to offer, in partnership with Good Shepherd Microfinance, No Interest Loans (NILS) to those in need. Successful applicants of a NILS loan receive up to $1,500 with small fortnightly repayments over a 12  to 18 month period with no fees and […]

  • 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

  • Your future leaders in action!

    February 5, 2019

    On December 8th, Mount Saint Joseph High School Milperra, celebrated their annual Peru Day. On this day the Year 10 school students raise money for Mary MacKillop Today through all sorts of stalls.

  • Our community connections

    February 5, 2019

    Mary MacKillop Today partners with organisations who support Australia’s most vulnerable and marginalised people to improve their lives through education in all its forms. Our Community Grants Program

  • Clara's Story

    February 5, 2019

    Clara is a dedicated teacher in Fatuberliu, Timor-Leste. Married and with a young son her goal is to teach and guide her students as if they were her own child. Clara recently completed Mary MacKillop Today’s Health Literacy training

  • New beginnings in Fiji

    February 5, 2019

    Your generous support of Mary MacKillop Today has enabled us to develop two new partnerships with locally-based organisations in Fiji

  • Dear Friends and Supporters

    February 5, 2019

    It was on the 19th March 1866, the Feast of St Joseph that Mary MacKillop wore her simple black dress to Mass, made her commitment, and so began the order of the Sisters of Saint Joseph

  • 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.


    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 […]