Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, an Australian community, in a worldwide religious congregation.
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- Published: Thursday, 20 January 2011 00:18
Fr A. Corsten, founder of the college
One of the realities of the changing church and the lessening of numbers in religious orders is that the orders have to relinquish some ministries that have been very important for them in the past. One of the parishes given to a diocese which still maintains the ethos of the congregation and its spirituality is that of Sacred Heart in Guimba, in central Luzon, the Philippines.
After World War II and the Japanese occupation and while the Republic of the Philippines was establishing itself, one of the Dutch MSC missionaries, Andrew Corsten, founded a school in Guimba in the diocese of Nueva Ecija. It was Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College.
Despite the MSC no longer staffing the parish, the presence is still strong. Not only is the parish dedicated to the Sacred Heart, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College is a flourishing school. The parish house (where a hospitality course is conducted – and on the door is the title ‘Mini-tel’) has the large name of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, with the sub-title, ‘Hope of the Hopeless’.
One building is fronted by the name MSC Building. A plaque lists the MSC who worked in the parish and school. There is also a bust of FrC with a tribute to him and his work.
The memory of the Founder is preserved (in very large letters) in the name Chevalier’s Gym. In January, the diocese hosted a seminar on Film and Sacraments presented by the MSC Media Institution CFA, the Communication Foundation for Asia, with around 200 participants in the gym (which is blessed with a roof but otherwise is open air where the speaker has to work with the elements), the Bishop concluding the day with a Eucharist on the gym stage. Bishop Mylo welcomed the MSC presence and expressed his appreciation for the video on the diocese and its life made by Fr Stephen Cuyos MSC of CFA.
Five MSC priests still work in the diocese in parish and chaplaincy ministries.