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STOLEN BRASS CRUCIFIX RETURNED TO MARY MACKILLOP MUSEUM
A small brass crucifix associated with the foundation of the Sisters of St Joseph, one of several historical items stolen from a display case at Sydney's Mary MacKillop Museum, has been anonymously returned.
    The Catholic Weekly reports that the crucifix, once owned by Fr Julian Tenison Woods, co-founder with Blessed Mary MacKillop of the Josephite Order, was stolen from a perspex display case in the museum earlier this month.
    A week later the small cross arrived back at the museum in the mail. It was wrapped in a tissue in a plain envelope without a note, and its previously dull surface had been polished to a bright lustre.
    Still missing from the robbery are Fr Wood's silver fob-watch, a wooden box, and a silver watch once belonging to Mary MacKillop.
    Museum general manager John Reid stressed that the items do not of themselves have great monetary value. "The value is in the historical and emotional attachments they have for the Josephite Order," he said. "In this sense they are very precious indeed."
   
Cath Weekly
   
26 July 00



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