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Some MSC international stories, from Peru to Cameroun, with some detours to Fiji/US and the past in Vietnam.   Union Andina After a long way of discernment with the confreres of Peru, the new Andean Union was erected on 06 January. We thank all the missionaries of the Sacred Heart…
RIP: Sister Maria Regina fdnsc (8.10.1932 - 2.1.2022) Sympathy to our OLSH Sisters Eulogy: As we were moving towards the close of the beautiful Feast of the Epiphany, our much-loved Sister Maria Regina was blessed with her longed-for epiphany, the vision of God, face-to-face.  At approximately 9.00pm on Sunday, 2…
MSC Publishing and Media Report 2021 for the General Administration, Analecta. Apologies – we have been disconnected from the Internet since Thursday evening. The tradition has been to name the books and further publications of the province. However, worldwide readership of books has been diminishing, greater reliance on social media.…
Congratulations, January 14th, Frank Dineen MSC and Bill Brady MSC. Golden Jubilee of Profession. Frank and Bill were ‘late vocations’ of the late 1960s, men who had worked before joining the MSC, and aged over 25. They began their studies and St Paul’s National Seminary, made their novitiate at Sacred…
In Memoriam, Clare Reilly, Marie Wearden A tribute to Mothers. Leo Wearden celebrated his mother’s (Marie) funeral mass on 31st Dec and spoke so eloquently of her and her faith. He chose the readings for the Christmas season which were very uplifting. His brother in Perth who couldn’t be there…
Congratulations, John Walker MSC and Tan Nguyen MSC, Silver Jubilees, Profession John and Tan made their novitiate with Frank Dinneen. After their profession, they moved to Navarre House, Drummoyne, for theological studies at the Catholic Institute of Sydney. John has done nursing training, especially in Canberra, where he lived for…
Daughters of Mary Immaculate, PNG, founded by Archbishop Louis Couppe MSC, a World War II 80th anniversary. When the Japanese invaded Rabaul on New Britain in January 1942, a group of 45 F.M.I. Sisters refused to give up their faith. Instead, they risked their lives to help save hundreds of…
2021: The Year That Was (and often wasn’t). Annual Report from the Australian Province for the MSC General Administration, Analecta. Coronavirus The key word for both 2020 and 2021 has been Coronavirus. And, this in its Covid-19 variants, especially Delta and its severity and spread in 2021, with Omicron emerging…
First Friday, Chevalier Family Justice and Peace,  a culture of Encounter   The Chevalier Family poster And encouragement from Pope Francis    
Sympathy for St Mary’s Towers, Retreat House, director and staff.  And Solidarity. With the extraordinary infection rate from Omicron in NSW, we know not the day nor the hour. Which means sad news that the 2022 30 Day retreat was about to start this week – high hopes because the…
Tuesday, 04 January 2022 22:11

Our Website – new translation options.

Our Website – new translation options.   We have recently added an opportunity to translate our posts into several languages. With thanks to Matt Price and Brett Adamson. Click your item, go to the bottom of the page and see the list of languages for your choice.  English Arabic Chinese…
Significant Days for the Chevalier Family, January 2022   Cause of Peter to Rot, see January 13th      MSC Pioneers: Archbishop Couppe MSC, See January 15th and January 31st Archbishop Navarre, January 16th Fr Hubert Linckens, January 29th Bishop Verius, January 20th and January 31st 1 January, Motherhood of God…
Welcome to Long and his arrival from Vietnam   Long arrived safe and sound in the afternoon with welcome from Frank Dineen- vocation director and Trieu.   He then went to stay with the community in Douglas Park. He will probably stay there for a month under Dominic's charge. He…
Friday, 31 December 2021 22:11

May 2022 be a year with heart.

May 2022 be a year with heart. Blessings for New Year and 2022  And not forgetting the tragedies of 2021, in Afghanistan, Myanmar, Yemen, Sudan, Ethiopia and Tigre, as well as the nations who have not received sufficient vaccines for covid protection.
Joy and blessings for Christmas – Emmanuel, God-is-with-us.Joy and blessings for Christmas – Emmanuel, God-is-with-us.   The site is going on a holiday break and will be back with a New Year’s greeting – and the hope that 2022 will be better than 2020 and 2021.     In the…
  Some Christmas Eve cheer before our celebration – and some French culture                    
End of 2021 news spots: Australia-India, Vietnam, Philippines - Typhoon Odette   Peter Anthony msc who has been assisting the two Parish Priests at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Randwick (first Peter Hearn and then Gerard McCormick) has said his goodbyes and left for Darwin today. Peter arrived…
Tuesday, 21 December 2021 22:30

Our students, studies then pastoral placement.

Our students, studies then pastoral placement. Trieu and Daniel made their first vows a year ago. They have studied this year at the Yarra Theological Union – with good results. They are now on pastoral placement in Sydney, Daniel at Randwick, OLSH parish, Trieu at Our Lady of the Rosary,…
When were you last in the crypt in the Basilica at Issoudun? Visiting Issoudun is probably not at the top of our places to visit. In the meantime some compensation. Nyon Emesce has posted these photos on Facebook.
Congratulations to Anh, our MSC novice, graduating from the English language studies course at the Yarra Theological Union    The English Language Studies for Pastoral Ministry (ELSPM), established in 2015, Staff and Graduates   - aims to train pastoral workers and theological students who speak a language other than English…
Celebrating Deacon Boniface Perdjert in paint, Paul McCormack MSC Paul McCormack MSC has painted this portrait of Deacon Boniface. It is to travel to its home in Wadeye, Boniface’s home. Some words from an interview with Boniface, date unknown, to read and ponder as we reflect on his portrait. Re…
This week’s MSC news spots: Ireland, Vietnam, Pacific Islands Province, MSC Generalate.   DEACON GIACOMO GELARDI MSC, IRELAND Wednesday, December 8th marked a day of double celebrations for the Irish Province of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, and for our extended MSC family around the world, as we celebrated…
MSC Sisters celebrate Kathleen Boschetti, 60 years professed   The Sisters gathered at Kew on Sunday August 12th - the first such gathering in a long lockdown tiime. Kathleen was born in Shepparton, Victoria, into a musical family.  Her talents and expertise as an educator and musician have been at…
Immaculate Conception, Foundation Day – and Noel Mansfield’s new book, launch, Henley Beach.            With Paul Cashen and Peter Hearn              
Congratulations, Bruce Duncan CSsR, Golden Jubilee of Priesthood, former student of Chevalier College. Bruce Duncan is a student of Chevalier College and a colleague at the Yarra Theological Union.   University of Divinity entry on Bruce Bruce Duncan was ordained for the Redemptorist Congregation, 11th December 1971. To specialise in…
Congratulations, Vincent Phon Phan MSC, First Profession Vincent has made his Novitiate at Douglas Park with Peter Harvey Jackson as Novice Director. Vincent began his pre-novitiate in Blackburn in January 2020 and almost immediately went into lockdown in Melbourne, one of the longest in the world, and a ministry of…
50 Years professed, life stories, photos, Roger, John, Claude Photos of the celebrations – and some longer weekend reading. Roger Purcell – who starts with the formation story. The idea of priesthood had always been in my mind and in 1966 a Brigidine Sister gave me some materials sent out…
Gaspar Garcia Laviana MSC, Anniversary 11th December E.J. Cuskelly writes: If I were to speak of Gaspar Garcia Laviana, that name would mean nothing to most of you. Yet if I were talking to people from Nicaragua, they would tell me immediately that Gaspar Garcia was a national hero during…
News Spots around the MSC world, Fiji, US, Vietnam – and some locals. Fiji, Pacific Islands Province Fr Simon Mani MSC celebrated his 25th Anniversary of his Ordination to Priesthood at Sacred Heart House on Tuesday, 30th November 2021, Feast of St Andrew, Apostle and Martyr. MSC Confreres and MSC…
December 8th  MSC Foundation Day. The Mission Heritage   We are all familiar with the Novena made by Jules Chevalier and Edouard Maugenest to end on the declaration day by Pius IX of the Immaculate Conception of Mary – and the donation that enabled the two to establish the congregation.…
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