Cross visit 'an honour'
Thursday, 2nd September, 2010
Local students caught a glimpse of the MacKillop Cross when it arrived in the city yesterday as part of a national tour.
The pilgrimage sees the cross travel through NSW and Victorian dioceses in celebration of the nation's first saint, Mary MacKillop.
Knights of the Southern Cross chairman for Wilcannia-Forbes Kevin Shelley said he was pleased with the more than 70 people who turned out for the service at yesterday.
"It turned out really good, and I think in a way it will give them some history," Mr Shelley said.
Students from Sacred Heart Parish Primary School joined the remaining on-lookers as Mr Shelley gave them a run down on the history of Mother MacKillop and the cross.
Teacher Dianne Zammit was thankful for the opportunity the Knights of the Southern Cross had given the school.
"(It) was an honour to have the cross come through Broken Hill," Ms Zammit said.
"And to have our school be apart of it (was wonderful).
"It's a wonderful lead-up for the canonization of Mary MacKillop."
Ms Zammit said students had been told about Mother MacKillop's life story recently in conjunction with Mary MacKillop Feast Day on August 8.
Father Sunny Kannamkulam said the day was an important one for the city and Australia.
"It's a very blessed thing," Fr Sunny said.
"(It's a) special time for the whole church, especially the Australian church."
The cross leaves this morning on route to Nyngan.
The nearly three metre tall symbol will be end its pilgrimage in Sydney in October, just in time for the canonization of Mother MacKillop.
The cross will be hung at Mary MacKillop Place in Sydney, where Mother MacKillop's body resides.