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REVEREND CANON MARA BEATRICE DI FRANCESCO

Old Scholar Years at St Mary's College: 1963 - 1975
  • Mara achieved many things, the only woman being of Italian descent ordained in Australia in 1994 and the only Canon of Italian background to be installed in St Peters Cathedral.
  • During school she learnt many things such as receiving the Sacraments, she was given a good education and taught lady like conduct.
  • One piece of advice she would give students today is "You can achieve anything that you want. Don't let the fact that you're a female prevent you from doing anything".

The Reverend Canon Mara Beatrice Di Francesco was a student at SMC from Reception-12, 1963-1975. Mara achieved many things, the only woman being of Italian descent ordained in Australia in 1994 and the only Canon of Italian background to be installed in St Peters Cathedral.
During school she learnt many things such as receiving the Sacraments, she was given a good education and taught lady like conduct. She developed passions that are still with her, Theology, Spirituality, Prayer, Reflection and Contemplation. Her strongest memory at school was being called here to ordained ministry. At six years of age she heard God speak to her during the Elevation of the Host.
By working hard, she became a Reverend and a Canon. One piece of advice she would give students today is "You can achieve anything that you want. Don't let the fact that you're a female prevent you from doing anything".


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