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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

ImageBrother Furness died unexpectedly at the Sacred Heart Secondary School, Hagita, PNG, on Sunday 29th March, a day after celebrating his 78th birthday. Graham had not been well for some time and had spent much of 2008 in Australia receiving medical attention but his great desire was always to return to his beloved Hagita.

Brother Furness died unexpectedly at the Sacred Heart Secondary School, Hagita, PNG, on Sunday 29th March, a day after celebrating his 78th birthday. Graham had not been well for some time and had spent much of 2008 in Australia receiving medical attention but his great desire was always to return to his beloved Hagita.

Father Bill Cuningham writes: “Bro Graham’s unexpected death shook us a lot. I found him cold in his bed last Sunday evening when I went to his house to pick him up for his evening meal. He spent 50 years in Hagita and will be buried by the Bishop near the library-science building that is named for him.”

Graham was born at East Brunswick, Melbourne, Victoria, on the 28th March 1931. He was the second of four children of Dudley and Veronica Furness. He received his education at Sacred Heart School, Preston and St Francis Xavier, Frankston. After leaving school Graham gained qualifications as machinery mechanic and in electronic work. After working for a few years he volunteered to join the MSC Mission in Eastern Papua as a lay missionary. He would continue in the service of the local church of Sideia/Alotau for some 50 years, first as lay missionary and in his later years as a professed religious Brother.

Graham devoted his talents to the construction of so many buildings in the mission and ti the maintenance of the mission. The list of his works is awesome. He accompanied the first group of MSC that chose the site for Hagita Secondary School and then drew up the building plans and helped with the construction of the original buildings on the campus. He also constructed the Church at Kuraoa, built workshops and other buildings at Hagita and Sideia as well as carrying out the maintenance work in these centres and at various outstations. Indeed, Graham devoted his practical talents and energies whole heartedly to the work of the mission.

After many years as a lay volunteer in 1988 he asked to join the Society as a Brother. He made his novitiate with Fr Jim Moore at Budoya and was professed on 29th April 1990.

Graham is buried in the school grounds of Hagita School. It is surely fitting that such a devoted missionary should have his last resting place amongst the people and in the place that he loved and served so generously for some 50 years.