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, 05 December 2010 14:21
From the 22nd to the 26th of September the annual meeting of the Young MSCs of Europe (those in formation and those finally professed for 10 years or less) took place in Waterford in the south of Ireland.
Ten young MSCs gathered from across the eight European Provinces, including the four novices who recently began their novitiate in Cork City (Michael O'Rourke, our English novice, together with two Italians, Matteo Zinna and Andrea Ruju, and one German, Markus Mehner).
During the course of the week there was time for the young MSCs to meet alone as well as benefit from some input from two Irish MSCs. The Irish Provincial, Fr Pat Courtney MSC, led a session on planning the future of MSC mission in Europe, and Fr Michael Screene MSC led a day’s reflection on Religious Life in a changing European context.
Apart from the formal sessions there was also time for prayer, sharing, relaxation, sight-seeing and enjoying the great hospitality of the Irish.
On the Thursday afternoon the group visited the city of Waterford, with its Waterford Crystal factory exhibition and the city’s Cathedral which contains the relics of St Oliver Plunkett (Bishop and Martyr 1625-1681).
Beside these prayerful and glittering activities, the group were also lucky to be in Ireland for the 250th anniversary of the birthday of Arthur Guinness and were treated to a pint or two of the black stuff and a spot of Irish dancing!
On the Saturday morning the Young MSCs headed in the direction of Cork. On the way they stopped in Ardmore, which is believed to be the oldest Christian settlement in Ireland. Saint Declan lived in the region some time during the period 350–450 AD and Christianised the area before the coming of Saint Patrick.
The four novices then returned to their Novitiate house in Cork city while the other members of the group headed to Dublin and a visit to Glendalough, the monastic settlement of St Kevin and his companions. In the evening they attended a renowned Gospel Choir Mass in central Dublin. The following day it was time to return to the airport for their flights home.
As is the case each year, the annual gathering of Young MSC of Europe is an uplifting, bonding experience, which again this time was very much enjoyed and appreciated by all the participants.
Report from the MSC Irish Website.