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.

 FORUM: LOW-LYING ISLANDS AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Congregations with connections in the Pacific region are encouraged to attend a forum in May to consolidate commitment to the low-lying islands affected by climate change.


The Congregational Pacific Connections Forum will be held on 10 May at the Good Samaritan Conference Centre in Sydney's Glebe. It is being organised by the Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes (CLRI) NSW.


Co-organiser Sister Geraldine Kearney SGS said the forum has been organised to increase solidarity for purposeful action among Religious with connections in the Pacific Islands to the many issues arising from the harmful effects of climate change.


Representatives will share information on their involvement in conjunction with the Pacific Calling Partnership (PCP), which was set up in May 2006 in response to a series of calls from peoples in low-lying Pacific Islands.


Sister Geraldine said many religious congregations have been generous supporters of the work undertaken by the Pacific Calling Partnership.


"Many of these congregations have also ministered in Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Tuvalu, the Torres Strait and other island nations. So to have the opportunity to speak with leaders and members with a history in ministry in the Pacific region would be greatly valued.


"If Congregations are interested Australia-wide and can send a representative it would be great if they could attend. Alternatively they can contact me with suggestions to be discussed at the forum or follow-up after."

Read more: RELIGIOUS CONGREGATIONS AND THE PACIFIC

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HOLY WEEK MISSIONS


Tuesday, 19 April 2011 (MSC-USA website)

 

Bogota, Colombia

On Friday night and Saturday morning, Father Eduard Riascos and Father Luis Alfonso Segura, together with professed students and seminarians, left the MSC community in Bogota, Colombia for missions in different parts of Colombia. Each year, members of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in Colombia go on these missions to accompany Catholic communities as they celebrate Holy Week and prepare to celebrate Easter. Some of these communities are very remote and are only visited by a priest a few times a year. This year the MSC are accompanying communities in Cajibio, Cauca, Aguazul and Villa Nueva and Yopal in Casanare, Aipe and Elías in Huila, Fusagasugá and Alto de Tequendama in Cundinamarca. Our priests and students spend time visiting families and getting to know people’s life situations and also prepare religious education classes for couples, children, young adults and adults. Please pray with us that this week especially, God may bless our missionaries and the communities they serve.

 

Read more: HOLY WEEK MSC MISSION STORY, SOUTH AMERICA

 

P. Jan Jetse Bol, MSC, Elected New Provincial

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TILBURG, Netherlands

The Dutch Provincial Chapter began on April 4. P. Jan Jetse Bol was elected Provincial Superior of the Dutch Province after the second round in the afternoon on April 5, 2011.

P. Narciso Abellana, MSC, the First Assistant...

Read more: MSC NETHERLANDS ELECTS NEW PROVINCIAL

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STREET NAMES AND MSC

I was happy to receive the recent news that two streets in the suburb of Bellamack, in Darwin will be named after MSC.

Corry Street will be named after Alan Corry.

Taylor Crescent will be named after George Vincent Taylor. I know that George (or Mus as he was known to...

Read more: DARWIN TRIBUTE

 A recommendation from Fr John Rate MSC

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In this long book Charles Taylor, emeritus professor at McGill University, Canada, tries to trace a fundamental change in Western society, ‘from a society in which it was virtually impossible not to believe in God, to one in which faith, even for the staunchest believer, is one human possibility among others’ (p.3).

Read more: A SECULAR AGE by CHARLES TAYLOR

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   Click to read SIGNIS statement                     Watch the Trailer
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The new version of Graham Greene's Brighton Rock has been released in...

Read more: SIGNIS STATEMENT: BRIGHTON ROCK

DIOCESE OF ALOTAU-SIDEIA

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Fr. Rolando Santos, C.M. provincial superior of the Lazarist Fathers (Vincentians) ,Philippines, has been appointed as Bishop of Alotau-Sideia.
The area of the diocese is 20,000, population 245,000, Catholics 41,137, priests 23, religious 4.
The bishop-elect was...

Read more: NEW BISHOP IN EASTERN PAPUA

P. André Claessens, MSC, Re-elected Provincial

 

BORGERHOUT, Belgium

The Provincial Chapter of the Belgium Province was held from the 11th to the 14th of April, 2011.

P. André Claessens was re-elected the Provincial Superior for a third term.

P. Narciso Abellana, MSC, the First Assistant...

Read more: MSC BELGIUM RE-ELECTS PROVINCIAL

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Fr Laurie Bissett MSC is parish priest of Thursday Island. He offers an outline of the parish's history as well as an invitation at the end to fellow MSC for supply work in July-August.

Sacred Heart Mission Thursday Island (including other islands in the Torres Strait such as Hammond, Horn, Prince of Wales, and the Northern Cape York Peninsula towns of Bamaga and Seisia, and extending an outreach, due to lack of priests in the Cairns Diocese, to Weipa), was founded by Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in 1884.

 

Read more: THURSDAY ISLAND

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Andrew and Bron Ballesty

On Friday, April 8th, Andrew Ballesty finished his work as MSC Business Manager and Provincial Bursar. He moves to being Business Manager at St Pius X College, Chatswood.

 

Read more: FAREWELL TO ANDREW BALLESTY

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SIGNIS, The World Catholic Association for Communication, of which the Chevalier Family is an international member, releases statements on films of Catholic interest, and films which raise religious questions or controversies.

The Rite is in current release and has led to discussion on exorcisms in the Church and the course in Rome designed for exorcists.

Click on photo to read full statement

Read more: THE RITE: SIGNIS STATEMENT