This unique exhibition in St Patrick's Cathedral will feature 24 beautiful portraits of extraordinary women of faith by Cologne-based artist Barbara Skorupa. The portraits have been selected from the artist's collection of more than 100 paintings of extraordinary women from different cultures and eras, including Australians St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Dr Sr Mary Glowrey JMJ and Eileen O'Connor.

‘When people talk about icons today, especially of women, the focus is often on their external features and behaviours. I am concerned with representation of the inner attitude of the women painted, which radiates from them and becomes visible through their lives.’—Barbara Skorupa

Digital guide

A digital guide to the Great Women of Faith exhibition will be available on the Catholic Precinct Walking App from late February.

Exhibition catalogue

An exhibition catalogue will be available to purchase from St Patrick's Cathedral Shop from late February.

Event Date

Friday 1 March 2024, 9.00am
– Sunday 10 March 2024, 4.00pm


St Patrick's Cathedral
1 Cathedral Place, East Melbourne