Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, an Australian community, in a worldwide religious congregation.
Jesus loved with a human heart: with him we proclaim his love to the world.
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.
- Published: Saturday, 19 March 2011 10:29
MASS FOR THE OPENING OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR
March 18th saw the celebration of the opening of the academic year at the Yarra Theological Union, situated at St Paschal's, the Franciscan house in Box Hill, Melbourne. President of the Students Representative Council, Patrick Mara MSC, welcomed auxiliary bishop of Melbourne, Les Tomlinson, who presided, the faculty, students and guests. In acknowledging the current tragedies in Japan and Libya, Patrick noted the wide diversity of nations represented by the students at YTU.
The Yarra Theological Union is part of the Melbourne College of Divinity and students are able to study for state recognised degrees in theology and in ministry. The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart were one of the founding congregations for the Union in the early 1970s and many MSCs have lectured there. The representative currently is Philip Malone who lectures in Moral Theology.
MSC students have been studying at what became the YTU since 1972. They moved to Sydney in 1986 but returned in 2001. At present, there are three MSC students at YTU, Patrick Mara, Tru Nguyen and Sandy Abbey. MSC students have contributed to the Students Representative Council since the 1980s when Stephen Hackett was president. Ben Fleming also served as president in 2003 and Peter Hendriks was a member in 2005.