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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.


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

Current News




On the occasion of the handing back of Hindmarsh parish to the Archdioces of Adelaide. Jim Littleton has produced a book on the MSC work in the parish and the men who worked there. The last item before the posting gap was on the withdrawal from Hindmarsh - we intended to follow up with this news of Jim's book and a timeline of the parish history.

Here it is.

As with Jim’s other books, it is available from Treand House, Coogee.

We list the chronology of the parish and the MSC involvement.

Remembering 105 Years of Ministry 

  • 1913 First MSCs, assigned to help in administration of Cathedral Parish. Given the choice of  Brompton or Glenelg : chose Brompton
  • 1914 Tuesday 20th Jan, MSCs celebrated first Mass in Brompton
  • 252 Port Road Hindmarsh : site of Sacred Heart Church : purchased (site was a Tannery)
  • First Mass Centre at Henley Beach : a community Hall in Henley Square
  • 1916 Presbytery at 252 Port Road : foundation stone laid and blessed October
  • 1919 Henley Beach : first church built : Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

1922 Henley Beach : foundation stone laid Sisters of Mercy Convent and School : Seaview Road 

1924 St Saviour’s Church Hindmarsh blessed and dedicated 9th November … acclaimed as the  ‘most beautiful church in the diocese’

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1928 St Joseph’s School and Convent : Sisters of St Joseph : moved to Grange Road Hindmarsh  from corner Port Rd and Chief St Brompton

1929 Flinders Park : St Columba’s Church/Hall : Foundation Stone laid   Henley Beach : Our Lady of the Sacred Heart : New Church opened 

1949 Flinders Park : St Columba’s Church renamed St Joseph’s 

1950 St Saviour’s Church Hindmarsh renamed and dedicated as Sacred Heart Church  St Joseph’s School Flinders Park : Sisters of St Joseph : opened 

1951  Immaculate Heart of Mary Church/School Brompton : Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Sis ters :  blessed and opened  

1954 St Michael’s College and Chapel Beverley : De La Salle Brothers : opened 

1957 Henley Beach became separate Parish 

1958 Henley Beach South : Blessed Sacrament School/Church opened

1961 West Beach : St Bernadette’s Church : opened  Grange : Church of the Most Precious Blood : opened

1967 St Michael’s College Secondary Campus Henley Beach opened

1968 Henley Beach : new church opened : still called Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

1971 Siena College Findon opened : Dominican Josephite and Mercy Sisters

1976 Canossian Sisters arrive to work with Italian Community 

1978 Tannery/Hall at Hindmarsh demolished (condemned by Council) and new Hall built

1979 Flinders Park : St Joseph’s Church celebrated 50 years 

1984 Vietnamese Community established at Sacred Heart Church 

1992 Present Henley Beach built : Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Community Centre 

2004 Sacred Heart Church Hindmarsh celebrated 90 years

2007 Henley Beach Parish celebrated 50 years as Parish 

2007 Nazareth College Findon opened : Josephite Sister on staff  Our Lady of the Manger Church Findon rebuilt

2014 100 Year Centenary of MSC presence and service in Adelaide

2019 End of an Era, 30th June, 2019.

 The MSC chapter hands back the Hindmarsh-Findon Parish to the Adelaide Archdiocese.