This is a second-hand copy of the book Mary MacKillop and a Nest of Crosses: Correspondence with Fr Julian Tenison Woods 1869-1872 arranged and edited by Sheila McCreanor rsj.
Condition: this is a used book in good condition. There is a little bit of shelf wear around the outside, and a slight dog-earring of the bottom right-hand corner of the front cover as visible in the product image. Inside the book on the first page is a sticker with the signature of Sheila McCreanor (editor) and a printed note to the original recipient. There is a faint pencil imprint from where someone has put a price on the top right-hand corner of the first page which will never 100% go away.
Publisher: Sisters of St Joseph Year: 2011 Format: paperback ISBN: 9780980838923 Pages: 380 Condition: used (good).
From the blurb:
The excommunication of Mary MacKillop in September 1871 has been a source of wonder, amazement and mystery especially in the extra publicity given by her canonisation in 2010.
This fourth collection of letters aims to provide some of the background to the Josephite story from 1869 when Mary was preparing to leave with the first community of Sisters for Queensland. During her absence from Adelaide she received many letters from Fr Woods who continued to give spiritual instruction and discuss plans for future ministries of the Sisters of St Joseph. She responded at length to these letters.
Many priests from a variety of backgrounds ministered in the Adelaide diocese during these years (1869-1872). Bishop Sheil was often absent from the diocese; factions developed amongst the priests.
While Mary MacKillop was still in Brisbane, an incident at Kapunda triggered strong animosity against Fr Woods and through him against Mary and the Sisters. Added to this was the experience of some of the Sisters who believed they were having visions and spiritual manifestations. The increasing number of schools and charitable works placed enormous financial pressure on the diocese.
By the end of 1870 Fr Woods wrote to Mary MacKillop that when she returned to Adelaide she would face "a nest of crosses." This was certainly the case during 1871 when events culminated in her excommunication by Bishop Sheil.
Mary's letters, especially the ones written after her excommunication, are a powerful insight into her growth as a woman, a Sister of St Joseph and a saint.
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