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Timor-Leste news

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.   

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.