From ABC NEWS:
A baker is hoping to create a commemorative dessert for Mary MacKillop's sainthood, to offer to pilgrims visiting the south-east of South Australia in October. Jason Van Leuven says he is working on a dessert he hopes it will be as popular as the Australian favourite, the pavlova.
"I want to come up with a commemorative dessert for Mary MacKillop - Gateaux Saint Mary MacKillop," he said.
Australia's first saint-to-be Mary MacKillop has been immortalised in a new pop song.
"Saint Mary MacKillop", a soulful ballad composed and performed by Australian singer-songwriter Gary Pinto, has been released on the online music store iTunes, ahead of her canonisation on October 17.
"It was an incredible song-writing experience because the words and melody just came so easily and quickly," said Pinto. "I knew then that my prayers had been answered."
From THE MOSMAN DAILY:
The story of Mary MacKillop is to be brought to life on-stage in a musical extravaganza.
"MacKillop: The Musical," still in its auditioning phase, has been written by Melbourne composer Xavier Brouwer, who started the project 10 years ago.
Director Anthony McCarthy said Mary MacKillop’s life was an ideal subject matter for a staged musical. It will be staged in October at the Seymour Centre with a full orchestra in conjunction with Mary MacKillop’s October 17 canonisation.
COMMENT: Come on you English faithful! You've gone and allowed those Aussies and their mere female saint to steal a march from us and our more blessed male saint, John Henry Newman.
So what we need are your suggestions of suitable songs that could become anthems for our John Henry, as well as your ideas for a confectionary by which we can gastronomically celebrate his promotion.
Oh, and us English are not proud. We are quite happy for foreigners to offer their suggestions as well.