'Personally Mary endured much so that her vision of service for the poor and needy could become a reality. She refused to give in to a society which on the ecclesial and secular level attempted to curb her and bring her and the Sisters of St Joseph into submission. Her example urges Australians to a faith-filled understanding of our time: she gives us hope in an age that has been characterised as one of despair.
'God is a God of darkness as well as of light and God was present in Mary's darkness. Her great trust in the providence of God saw her through bitter as well as marvellous experiences. There were many tough times when she could have abandoned the Order but, thinking to obey God's will, chose to stay.
Australia is richer because of her fidelity.'