Sculptor’s vision of ‘Mary on the move’

Judith Rolevink in her studio (The Southern Cross)

A new statue of St Mary MacKillop will be unveiled in Adelaide's St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral to mark the 10th anniversary of her canonisation. Source: The Southern Cross.

Sculpted by local artist Judith Rolevink, the one-metre coloured bronze statue is the seventh of 10 limited editions and depicts Australia’s first saint as a woman in her early thirties.

Ms Rolevink also sculpted the much-loved statue of Mary holding hands with two children commissioned by the Adelaide Archdiocese for Mary MacKillop Plaza, Victoria Square.

The Adelaide cathedral parish received donations for the new artwork which will be installed near the cathedral sanctuary in an alcove where a portrait of the saint now hangs.

Ms Rolevink said the half-size statue was “Mary as I imagine her, on the go, fitting all the hours she can into her day, visiting schools and guiding her band of Sisters to work hard, too”.

“She is striding out to reach her next port of call, to advise and instruct, or to organise the next new school. Her day is endless, always on the move.

“I see in Mary a driven spirit, someone who is overflowing with ideas of what is needed to help this young Australia and educate all children, advantaged and disadvantaged.

“She could see the advantages of taking charge and organising education through a band of dedicated women living and travelling to country towns and cities.”

The statue will be unveiled and blessed by Adelaide Archbishop Patrick O’Regan on Saturday, October 17.


New statue depicts Mary on the move (By Jenny Brinkworth, The Southern Cross

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