15 October 2000 | cbltblue
Fascinating story of Blessed Mary MacKillop
When I first ordered this movie I only had a vague idea of who Blessed Mary MacKillop was. After watching the film, I not only had a better understanding, but I admired her immensely.
Mary MacKillop was an innovator in that she was one of the first women to start a teaching order of nuns in Australia. In doing so, she did not believe in the separation of children according to their station in life. She also believed it was important to interact with and not just teach the children. Many of the towns people, as well as the Church itself, felt uncomfortable with some of Mother Mary's ways of teaching.
Her order, the Sisters of St. Joseph, grew rapidly and began to expand outside of the smaller areas of Australia. While this happened, the Church began a campaign against Mother Mary. Where she believed her order of nuns should remain autonomous, there were those in the Church who found her ideas threatening and there were plans underway to strip Mary of her autonomy.
I don't want to divulge any more information...you really do need to see this remarkable film to appreciate it. One nice touch is that the film is actually a movie and documentary combined. The phenomenal Lucy Bell portrays Mother Mary so convincingly that you begin to feel she isn't really acting.
Do yourself a favor. Rent or buy this movie and sit back and enjoy each frame. You will not be sorry you did!