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.

SISTERS OF WAR

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Sister Berenice Twohill FDNSC

Sunday November 14th (ABC 1 at 8.35 pm) is the advertised screening time for the premiere of Sisters of War, a memoir of New Britain and the Japanese occupation and the internment of mission personnel, including Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.  The film features Sister Berenice Twohill FDNSC as one of the central characters along with Lorna Whyte, a nurse.

Read more: TELEVISION PREMIERE

THE PHELANS AND THE O’LOUGHLINS

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Elisabeth (Liz) and Michael Phelan:  Golden Wedding,  24th September 2010.

Margaret and John O’Loughlin:  Golden Wedding, 29th October 2010.

 

Read more: GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

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Bishop Paul Marx, MSC, DD is a " Chief ":

 

On Thursday 21st October 2010, Bishop Paul Marx, MSC received the title of " Grand Companion of the Order of Logohu (GCL) with the title of "Chief". He received this honor from the Governor General General of PNG, Grand Chief Sir Paulias Matane...

Read more: PNG INDEPENDENCE DAY AWARDS 2010

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INDUCTION: AFL (NORTHERN TERRITORY) HALL OF FAME

On Saturday October 30, Bro John Pye RIP was inducted into the AFL (Northern Territory) Hall of Fame’s Inaugural List of 25. This was a first time event for the Top End.

 

Read more: Brother John Pye MSC

CELEBRATION OF JULES CHEVALIER, OCTOBER 21st

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October 21st is the anniversary of the death of Jules Chevalier.  In many communities and ministries, it has become Jules Chevalier Day.

 

Fr Raymond Dossmann MSC (of the French Province) is preparing material for the cause of Fr Chevalier.  One of the Vatican requests is that information and details be submitted of how Fr Chevalier is venerated around the world.  Fr Dossmann would like receive any information that would contribute to his dossier: names of ministries with Chevalier in the title, media material on Fr Chevalier, different ways in which Chevalier Day is celebrated.

 

Any information should be sent to:

Fr Raymond Dossmann MSC

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Fr Chevalier is remembered in different ways around the Province.

 

Read more: JULES CHEVALIER DAY

 

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IN MEMORIAM:  FR BILL ROSS

Fr Bill Ross of the diocese of Townsville died on August 20th 2010.  He had been a priest of the diocese for 52 years.  He did his seminary studies at the Sacred Heart Monastery Croydon and was professed in February 1944 with Maurice Griffin and Aub Collins.  He spent eight years teaching at Chevalier College, Bowral, 1951-1958.

His funeral took place at St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane, Bishop Michael Putney the celebrant.  Fr Terry Herbert MSC from Chevalier, who had been taught by Br Ross and had been encouraged by him to pursue his interest in meteorology, represented the MSCs.

 

Read more: IN MEMORIAM: WILLIAM ROSS

REFUGEE RAPID RESPONSE CAMPAIGN

 

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There have been some positive, though limited,  announcements from the Government with regards the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers. It seems to be testing the water to find out how Australians will respond to this. The possibility for change is palpable. It is important that we become more engaged because people are much better understanding of the vulnerable people seeking asylum and are therefore pro-refugee. Too often, the Government is receiving complaints from the negative voices in the community and the media. It is important that we affirm the goverjnment so that it will have the courage to do more.  The anti-refugee lobby has influenced the immigration debate up to the present. We need to continue to lobby the government so that it will not be discouraged by the minority voices when the majority are silent. Sister Aileen Crowe and I would like to organise a Refugee Rapid Response Campaign, made up of volunteers, who will be part of this campaign to contact the government with affirmative or negative messages.  Let me know if you are interested in this campaign. We will keep you posted.

Read more: MSC JUSTICE AND PEACE CENTRE/ OCTOBER 2010

FAITH LEADERSHIP RENEWAL PROGRAM FOR PRIESTS AND DEACONS

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Read more: FAITH LEADERSHIP

 

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Interior of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, Randwick

 

MSC PRESENCE TO MARY McKILLOP AS SHE DIED

 

 

The media, print, audiovisual and on-line has shown unprecedented interest in Mary McKillop during this time of her canonisation.  Christians have been impressed by her spirituality, service and the miracles attributed to her intercession.  Non-christians have been impressed by her practical sense of service to the needy (and her saying that whenever she saw a need she tried to do something about it).  Australian sentiment has been riding high with acknowledgement of Mary as a role model for Australians, a strong woman, a woman of faith and courage even with authorities in the church, a woman who shows contemporary Australians where they should be looking for the achievement of social justice.

 

There is an MSC connection to the saint’s death.

Read more: ST MARY McKILLOP

CELEBRATING 75 YEARS, 50 YEARS, 25 YEARS OF RELIGIOUS LIFE AND PRIESTHOOD



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John Ehlefeldt MSC

2010 saw the 75th anniversary of profession for Brother John Ehlefeldt, several Golden Jubilees and a Silver Jubilee

Read more: MSC JUBILEES 2010

 

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Santa Teresa where John worked for six years

 

A TRIBUTE TO JOHN O'BRYAN

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John O’Bryan (later known as Tex) was born at Halston in Gippsland on July 22, 1927.  He came to Douglas Park in 1946, where he repeated the equivalent of Year 12 studies.  He said that he chose the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, after investigating other religious congregations, because of the MSC emphasis on the love of God.  John took his first vows on February 26, 1948 and was ordained as an MSC priest in Melbourne in July 1954.  As a seminarian he had a deep interest in missionary work.  Hence it came as no surprise that after teaching at Chevalier College in 1955, he was appointed to Santa Teresa Mission in the Northern Territory in 1956.

 

Read more: IN MEMORIAM: JOHN O'BRYAN