News over the weekend is that Mary MacKillop is set to become Australia’s first saint, after Pope Benedict approved a decree recognising her second miracle. ABC News reports that the second miracle attributed to Mary  involved the healing of a person who had cancer, after the person prayed to her and was cured.

Cockburn Libraries have a couple biographies of Mary MacKillop that will give you an insight into her journey to sainthood. Mary Mackillop : an extraordinary Australian : the authorised biography   by  Paul Gardiner, is the only biography of Mary. It was published in 1994 and is rated 3 out of 5 stars by LibraryThing users.   Lesley O’Brien’s more recent book, published in 2008,  Mary MacKillop unveiled is described by the publisher as “moving account” of her life and times. For the kids, there is  a junior biography called  Mary MacKillop : Holy Mother to the poor written by Rose Inserra. 

There is also a fictionalised biography called The black dress : Mary MacKillop’s early years.  This novel, written by Pamela Freeman, is aimed at teenage readers. It won the NSW History Prize for Young People in 2006.