Mary was the firstborn of eight children. On Oct. 17, 1933, Albert Einstein arrived in the United States as a refugee from Nazi Germany. There are 75 days left in the year. Today is SATURDAY, OCT. 17, the 291st day of 2020. Controversy was nothing new to her, and at one point of time she faced the risk of being excommunicated due to differences with her Bishop. Mary Helen MacKillop, better known as Sister Mary of the Cross, is remembered as a teacher, an educator, and innovator within the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church has declared her a saint. America on edge as tense standoff between Donald Trump and Joe Biden comes down to the wire, Where Donald Trump and Joe Biden stand in the US election's battleground states. By 1877, the Sisters have garnered enough support in the community to run 40 schools. Mary MacKillop dies aged 67, on August 8, 1909. Mary MacKillop was the eldest of eight children. Ambassador Chiara Porro presented her credentials to Pope Francis last week and is now the only resident ambassador from the Pacific region in the Vatican diplomatic corps. Travels took her to Rome, throughout Europe, and across the length and breadth of Australia and New Zealand. In 1873, Mary MacKillop travels to Rome to seek approval of the Rule, written by Fr Woods. Mary’s parents, both Scottish born, immigrated to Australia, where they met and married. Sister Mary through the Order worked for establishing schools, orphanages, and homes for the ill, across Australia, and New Zealand. Mary was much beloved by the sisters of her order, and she was known to be caring and fair in her dealings with them. MacKillop focused her charitable activities in South Australia even though she was born in Melbourne. Ask Amazon Alexa for the latest SBS News or listen to SBS Radio. She was well educated, having been tutored by her father, as well as attending private schools, and traveled widely for a woman of her day. Archives, Archdiocese of Adelaide, Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith (Rome), Sisters of St Joseph (North Sydney). In December 2009, the Vatican issues a papal decree recognising Mary MacKillop's second miracle, paving the way for her canonisation, which was announced in February of this year. She is the first, and only, Australian saint. On this date:. The Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart had opened 117 schools with a total of over 12,400 pupils. As Mary Mackillop continued to bring about education to the lowly children her institute spread to all rural and isolated areas in Australia and across the sea to New Zealand. “I hope to be able to inspire and act as a bit of a bridge,” Porro told CNA Sept. 1. She is the first, and only, Australian saint. By 1883, they'd managed to open a school in New Zealand. Watch SBS World News live daily at 6:30pm on TV and on our app. Mary’s parents, both Scottish born, immigrated to Australia, where they met and married.