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: Sunday, 13 March 2011 19:25
EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI
The Australian Province of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart has had significant connections with Japan. During World War II, Missionaries, Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart experienced the occupation of New Britain and imprisonment in Ramale Valley. Fr Ted Harris MSC was executed for helping Australian soldiers escape. Several priests were army chaplains during the war.
With the coming of peace and post-war rebuilding of Japan, two of the chaplains, Fr Archie Bryson MSC and Fr Harry Reid MSC were instrumental in setting up a mission to Japan. The centre was in Nagoya and since the late 1940s, a considerable number of Australian MSC have served, and some still do, in Japan. There are two Japanese Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, Fr Makato Makino and Fr Sadami Takayami. In recent times, MSC from Indonesia and the Philippines work in Japan.
We pray in solidarity with the suffering Japanese in the aftermath of earthquake and tsunami, for those who have died, for those injured, for those who mourn and for all who have the daunting task of rebuilding and ensuring people have means of livelihood.