Each year on the 8th of August we celebrate the Solemnity of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Australia's beloved first saint and patron saint of our Archdiocese. On this day, we celebrate the important role she played in making education accessible for children in our country. Mary MacKillop devoted her life to ensuring a holistic Catholic education for children from rural, poor families.

Here in our Archdiocese, the Mary MacKillop Brisbane Catholic School Access Fund carries on this mission by providing hope and opportunities for our most disadvantaged local families.