Who we are

Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, an Australian community, in a worldwide religious congregation.

Ministry Mission

Jesus loved with a human heart: with him we proclaim his love to the world.

Peace, Justice, Creation

We work to discover through advocacy, healing and reconciliation, God's presence in our world.

Spirituality

We are to be on earth the heart of God. God has no other heart but ours.

Current News

Brother Terry Foley died on 5th June 2009 in the Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, after a long and often painful illness. Terry was born at Ashfield NSW on 26th December 1933 the youngest son of Leo and Edith Foley. Born with a cleft palate, throughout his life he suffered from a moderate speech defect, although this in no way impaired his active interest in people with whom he came in contact. His mother died when he was young and his father married a second time, giving Terry a new step-sister. He was educated at various schools n Sydney and Tamworth NSW. After leaving school he did clerical work.

Terry was an active parishioner of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in Haymarket, Sydney, and so when he became interested in religious life he consulted one of the brothers in the Blessed Sacrament Community there. He did not feel drawn to the Blessed Sacrament way of life but it happened that the brother whom he consulted had an MSC brother – so Providence, in this way, led Terry to the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.
Brother Terry Foley died on 5th June 2009 in the Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, after a long and often painful illness. Terry was born at Ashfield NSW on 26th December 1933 the youngest son of Leo and Edith Foley. Born with a cleft palate, throughout his life he suffered from a moderate speech defect, although this in no way impaired his active interest in people with whom he came in contact. His mother died when he was young and his father married a second time, giving Terry a new step-sister. He was educated at various schools n Sydney and Tamworth NSW. After leaving school he did clerical work.

Terry was an active parishioner of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in Haymarket, Sydney, and so when he became interested in religious life he consulted one of the brothers in the Blessed Sacrament Community there. He did not feel drawn to the Blessed Sacrament way of life but it happened that the brother whom he consulted had an MSC brother – so Providence, in this way, led Terry to the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.

He entered the Novitiate at Douglas Park in mid-1967 and made his First Profession on 5th August 1968. His first years as a professed religious were spent at Douglas Park where he served the community. For most of the rest of his life Terry was to be engaged in domestic duties in various communities of the Province: Chevalier and Downlands Colleges, Croydon and Canberra Monasteries and later at Kensington Monastery. Terry delighted in making the physical environment of the community pleasant and attractive. He developed skills in sewing as well as in tapestry work. The Retreat House Dining Room at Douglas Park was enlivened by some of his tapestries. Until the last months of his life Terry continued to enjoy preparing the tables in the dining room at Kensington for special feast days. His service of his MSC brethren went largely unseen by outsiders but the simple ‘ordinariness’ of his religious dedication to the service of others was appreciated by many and he made some good friends outside the community. For a few years, later in his life, Terry was involved in ministry to the sick in hospital – particularly those with AIDS – at Bellingen and in the outer Western area of Sydney.

In recent years Terry suffered serious ill health, often necessitating emergency trips to the Prince of Wales Hospital where he became quite well known – and it was there that he died. Throughout his various illnesses he maintained his cheerful outlook and simple faith in the providential care of the Lord. He was buried in the community cemetery at Douglas Park.