Mary MacKillop Today

Mary MacKillop Today is the development aid agency of the Sisters of St Joseph. The organisation, founded in the spirit of Saint Mary MacKillop, has programs in Australia and internationally that focus on education, health, financial inclusion and livelihoods. Mary MacKillop Today works in partnership with affected communities to enable them to fully participate in society. The organisation’s core principles are Human Dignity, Common Good, Participation and Subsidiarity, and Option for the Poor.


The Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Tertiary Scholarship Program provides financial support to people from disadvantaged backgrounds to assist them complete their tertiary education. This program works to address systemic barriers to education by increasing access to tertiary studies for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students.  120 students have successfully graduated due to the program and there are currently 90 students receiving scholarships. Follow up with recipients of the program has provided feedback that the scholarship has had transformational impact in the lives of some beneficiaries.


Laura Blanchard has been the Program Coordinator for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship program at Mary MacKillop Today since April this year. Prior to this Laura worked as the Global Education Officer at Mary MacKillop International for 2 years. In this time Laura also completed her Masters in Development Studies at UNSW with a focus on community and international development. Laura has also worked in the Republic of Kiribati as a teacher and teacher trainer and it was here that Laura’s keen interest in the nuances of development practice was ignited.  Laura is a trained Secondary English and History teacher and believes in the transformative power of education to change lives.


Maria Kurian has been working in socio-economic development of 20 years. Inspired by the compassion and resolve of Mary MacKillop and the Sisters of Saint Joseph, Maria joined Mary MacKillop Today earlier this year as their Philanthropy Coordinator. Prior to that, Maria lived in South Africa working with development partners to design and implement strategies to improve the lives of people living in poverty. She is especially dedicated to the protection of rights of children and activating opportunities for them to access early childhood learning. Although a journalist by training, she feels that her diversion into development was a privilege. 




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