Saint Mary MacKillop Book Giveaway

The book One Door Closes Another Opens: Mary MacKillop in New South Wales 1880-1909 was written by Bernadette O’Sullivan rsj, to give a glimpse of the vision and work of the woman we now proclaim as Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop.

Extract from Chapter Three:

After a good night started with Sister M Collette in a nice buggy drawn by Jack, Mr Hanrahan’s servant- visited a number of places- and begged a lot of fowls and geese to bring home with me for Xmas. Jack quite enthusiastic and doing a good part of the begging. Great fun on getting back to the convent when Sister M Gabrielle came to take a bundle from me, and first hearing a hiss, found her sleeve pulled by something which turned out to be a goose and which she nearly let fall in her terror. (Mary MacKillop’s Diary 20 December 1884)

One can almost hear Mary’s hearty chuckle at poor sister Gabrielle’s distress! She did enjoy a joke. So on the next day, she was taken driving again by the trusty Jack as she reports that

In the afternoon Jack had taken us for another drive and brought home a turkey, geese, chickens and a sucking pig, which I begged for the fun of taking it home with me and shocking our dear Sister M Patrick, also a lame rosella parrot for Uncle. (Mary MacKillop’s Diary 22 December 1884)

She was already anticipating the fun she would have with poor sister Patrick. Who was going to get poor piggy ready for the Christmas Dinner?

Bernadette O’Sullivan sj, ATF Press Publishing 2018

Aurora has two copies of One Door Closes Another Opens to give away.

To enter the draw, simply answer a short survey about Aurora online at or post your answers to the questions below to Aurora, PO Box 780, Newcastle 2300 NSW. Entries close 20 November.


  1. What do you think of the new design of Aurora?
  2. Have you any suggestions about this new design?
  3. What topics do you enjoy reading about in Aurora?​
  4. What new topics would you like to see covered in the future?
  5. Do you have any other feedback about Aurora?


Follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Brooke Robinson Image
Brooke Robinson

Brooke is Content Officer for the Communications Team in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle

Other Aurora Issues