The Cross - An Australian Journey Exhibition

16 March 2017 | General Interest

There was a man who had a cross and his name was...

The Cross Exhibition 1Australia, land of the Holy Spirit, and land of the Dreamtime, inhabited by the Aboriginal people and then claimed as home by so many people from other lands.

This exhibition looks in a fresh way at images of the Way of the Cross that graces the walls of our churches. Inspired by D'Arcy Niland's book, The Shiralee, we relate the Stations to the people of our land who are sharing in the sufferings of Jesus in these times. 

The Cross Exhibition 8Each of us carries a cross at some stage of our life's journey. Some carry 'the hurt'  throughout life and cannot see beyond it. Others bear suffering with incredible courage and witness to a resurrection.

In each of the paintings in this Way of the Cross, there is a thin white cloud. This is the Ruah or Spiritus which reminds us of the Spirit of God hovering over us and connecting with us on our spiritual journey.

The Cross Exhibition 10The fourteen paintings on display and their accompanying reflections, call to mind the people of our land who share in the cross of Jesus. They also invite us to recognise signs of new life and to celebrate them. The Spirit of God is near to all of us on our spiritual journey.

An accompanying book 'The Cross - An Australian Journey' , text and paintings by Helen Barnes, RSJ is available for purchase from MMHC Gift Shop for $19.95 each.


Helen Barnes, a Sister of St Joseph, grew up in Sunshine in the western suburbs of Melbourne. She utilises art, storytelling and clowning to help people discover and express the stories of God's activity in their lives. She completed the paintings in this book while artist-in-residence at St Clement's Monastery, Galong, NSW.

The Cross - An Australian Journey Exhibition

Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre
362 Albert Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002
Exhibition Opens:
8 March 2017
Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm

For further information please contact MMHC on 03 9926 9300.