Priests urged to use new media
Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi (pictured), the Vatican's most Senior Culture officer who is currently President of the Pontifical Council for Culture said that if priests did not make their sermons more relevant and interesting they...

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"Bishop Eugene tells me that he invited Fr. Mark to the Domus Sanctae Marthae within the Citta' del Vaticano to have lunch together towards the end of the Australian Bishops' Ad Limina visit and he took the opportunity 'to thank Mark on behalf of the Diocese of Darwin for the extraordinary...

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At a ceremony at St Mary's Towers, Douglas Park, three novices began their novitiate, November 4th 2011.

Pictured from left to right:  Chris McPhee, Krish (2011 novice), Nicholas (2012 novice), Michael O'Rourke (UK, Irish Province, 2012 novice), John Mulrooney, Khoi (2012 novice), Kimi (2011...

Read more: 2012 MSC NOVITIATE BEGINS

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Frank ‘Bumper’ Farrell was a champion Australian Rugby League front row forward in the mid to late 40s.  Paul Castley and friend, Paul Bertini of Brisbane, have been looking at a biography of Frank Farrell.  The MSC connection?  Eddie Kelly MSC, Marist Brothers Kogarah and rugby league.

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Terry Walsh, veteran member of the Monivae College staff died on Wednesday November 2nd, the Feast of All Souls.

Excerpts from the homily that Fr Malcolm Fyfe MSC will preach at Terry's funeral next Tuesday follow:

TERRY WALSH died in hospital at Geelong last Wednesday afternoon, where over the two weeks following his transfer there from Hamilton Base Hospital, he was attended by his brother Michael, his sisters Maureen and Denise and other family members. Maureen told me that Terry knew he would not recover this time. I rang Terry twice during that last fortnight and although he was dismissive of the danger he was in, saying he would be back in Hamilton in a few days time, it was obvious that he was gravely ill.

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There are several movie connections with the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.

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Towards the end of Australia, the bombing of Darwin sequences capture the surprise of the attack and the effect on the locals – though the writers have made up a story about a school of mixed race boys on an...

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Fr Chris McPhee MSC has served as MSC Director after previously working in parishes, including Randwick and Kippax as well as in Vocations discernment.  He was recently elected to the General Council based in Rome.  His mission will focus on MSC formation, drawing on his experience of working...

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Photos from the Novitiate, 4th November 2011

 

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Present novices, new novices, Novice Director Chris McPhee, Provincial John Mulrooney, Pre-Novitiate Director, Phil Hicks.

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Nicholas Chua and Khoi Nguyen  who will begin their novitiate year on November 4th at Douglas Park

 

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NICHOLAS CHUA

My name is Nicholas Chua. I came from Singapore to Australia to begin my formation as a Missionary of the Sacred Heart in March. Before I joined, I was working full-time as a...

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Michael O'Rourke is from Liverpool and joined the Irish province of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.  After studies in Heythrop College, London, he has come to Australia to continue his formation with the Australian province novices at Douglas Park.

 

Some years ago, he was interviewed by Katy Lewis of the BBC.  This is the text of the interview: Michael O’Rourke is living in St Albans and training for the Roman Catholic priesthood. He told us how he first got the “call”.

Obedience, poverty and celibacy are not the sorts of attributes that you would normally associate with the young men of today. But that’s exactly what you have to commit to if you want to be a Roman Catholic priest in a missionary order.

You may think, therefore, that it’s not entirely unsurprising that the numbers training for this role are dwindling. But that’s not to say that there aren’t men who are prepared to go down this route.

One of them is 26-year-old Michael O’Rourke who is currently living in St Albans, where, as a pre-novitiate with the order of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, he is living with other priests in the community at the church of St Alban and St Stephen, while also attending a seminary in London as part of his training to be a priest, a process which could take at least six or seven years.

Liverpool-born Michael told us all about what his training involves and when he first got the call to begin his journey.

Michael, you are training to be a priest. This is a big thing to take on isn’t it?

Michael: Yes, it’s a big step for anyone. If someone had said to me years ago, “you’ll be in a religious order training to be a priest”, I would have said “not in a million years”, because I don’t come from a particularly religious family or a practising family.

Read more: INTERVIEW: MICHAEL O'ROURKE

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Fr Michael O'Connell MSC, Denis Hickey, author of the biography of Fr Tierney, and relative, Tony Tierney.

 

With the celebration of 125 years of the parish of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Randwick, we focus on a book on Fr. Michael Tierney MSC, the first parish priest.  Later, Fr Tierney established the Irish province of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in 1909.

Fr Michael Tierney who brought Missionaries of the Sacred Heart to Ireland in 1909 is remembered in a book launched by the former president of the European Parliament, Pat Cox. The book – Fr Michael Tierney MSC: a priest with a mission – was written by Churchtown-born author and historian, Denis Hickey, and published by MSC.

In his address at the launch at the MSC Community House at Western Road, Cork, Pat Cox said: “It takes people to animate projects. It needs institutions to sustain them. Fr Michael Tierney is a powerful example of personal action allied to institutional sustainability. His life and times are wonderfully captured in this short biography by Denis Hickey, who like his subject hails from Churchtown in north Cork”.

Read more: MICHAEL TIERNEY, FIRST PARISH PRIEST OF RANDWICK