A baker is hoping to create a commemorative dessert for Mary MacKillop's sainthood, to offer to pilgrims visiting the south-east of South Australia in October. Jason Van Leuven says he is working on a dessert he hopes it will be as popular as the Australian favourite, the pavlova.

"I want to come up with a commemorative dessert for Mary MacKillop - Gateaux Saint Mary MacKillop," he said.

From AFP:

Australia's first saint-to-be Mary MacKillop has been immortalised in a new pop song.

"Saint Mary MacKillop", a soulful ballad composed and performed by Australian singer-songwriter Gary Pinto, has been released on the online music store iTunes, ahead of her canonisation on October 17.

"It was an incredible song-writing experience because the words and melody just came so easily and quickly," said Pinto. "I knew then that my prayers had been answered."


The story of Mary MacKillop is to be brought to life on-stage in a musical extravaganza.

"MacKillop: The Musical," still in its auditioning phase, has been written by Melbourne composer Xavier Brouwer, who started the project 10 years ago.

Director Anthony McCarthy said Mary MacKillop’s life was an ideal subject matter for a staged musical. It will be staged in October at the Seymour Centre with a full orchestra in conjunction with Mary MacKillop’s October 17 canonisation.

COMMENT: Come on you English faithful! You've gone and allowed those Aussies and their mere female saint to steal a march from us and our more blessed male saint, John Henry Newman.

So what we need are your suggestions of suitable songs that could become anthems for our John Henry, as well as your ideas for a confectionary by which we can gastronomically celebrate his promotion.

Oh, and us English are not proud. We are quite happy for foreigners to offer their suggestions as well.



  1. Yes, but in common with most Australian schoolgirls Mary MacKillop could whup any Englishman anytime, so she’s ahead of Newman there. Also, unless I have missed something, the scoreboard on the miracles question is still 2-1. So, she deserves the cake and the hit musical. End of.

    As for sweets, Oxford Dumplings? Which I believe are rather tasty, especially with custard.

    (PS the musical is no doubt bloody awful and I’m not sure it would have been Mary’s sort of thing at all)

  2. This is a serious post requiring serious contributions. Therefore, comments on this thread are limited to those readers native to the northern hemisphere.

  3. He he he he he!!! But I’ve gone native, Mad Priest. It’s like I’ve said before, I’m mutating into an English person, it’s like The Fly, deepest darkest horror yet strangely enjoyable. I expect to find I can climb up walls unaided any day now.

    What about Spotted Dick.

  4. Doris Day singing “Once I had a secret love” ?

    I could lend the Pope a copy for the beatification ceremony – it’s on a 78rpm, the flip side of “The Deadwood Stage”.

  5. PS I guess the fact that I find that last dessert mentioned funny just because of its comedy name shows I’m not properly English just yet.

  6. It wasn’t funny because you implied John Henry didn’t take precautions.

    Actually, no – your own evil imagination supplied that one, Mad Priest. Your question inspired me to leaf through my book of Good Old-Fashioned Puddings, which I thoroughly recommend, and which is where I saw both of the desserts I have mentioned. BTW, the British do damned good puddings, in my opinion.

  7. Actually, no – your own evil imagination supplied that one, Mad Priest.

    Look! Are you Australian or not? Make your bloody mind up!

  8. I have a question (still leafing through my Old Fashioned Puddings book, as well as a chocolate desserts book which I have started perusing since Mimi wrote on WB about the choccy dessert she ate last night). Do any of you English gents out there recall a pud called Gypsy Tart? The author writes: “If you grew up in the 50s and 60s you will remember it with affection.” I have made it – it’s yummy. Also, there is a pudding in here called Granny’s Leg – anyone ever tried that? … Bachelor’s Pudding? The Duchess’s Pudding? Never tried Eton Mess, looks nice though.

    Geniuses with sweets, the Brits.

  9. Mad Priest, I can’t help but notice my last comment took a while to appear. Would I be right in assuming my happy little solitary ramble through the leafy, sun-dappled, gently winding lanes of the history of English puddings bored your tits off?? … I don’t know anyone else as obsessed with the subject as I am, so I don’t mind. You can tell me.