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: Thursday, 11 November 2010 09:05
On Friday 5th November the Australian Province celebrated the reception of four men into MSC Novitiate at Douglas Park.
After completing their Pre-Novitiate training at St. Joseph’s Formation House, Willoughby, Alak Dout, Krish Jon Mathavan, Iokimi (Kimi) Vunivesilevu and Themba Saini enter the Novitiate to join Sandy Abbey and Tru Nguyen who will make their first profession on the 18th December.
About 50 MSC, LayMSC and others gathered at Douglas Park for the reception ceremony in the Jenkin’s Chapel and stayed for supper afterwards. The Provincial, Tim Brennan, reminded us in welcoming the new novices that we are all on a journey that encourages us to embrace change with the spirit of trust and acceptance of God’s graciousness… we as a province are being blessed with the presence and commitment of these men.
During the Reception Ceremony welcome, Novitiate Director, Chris McPhee, said, “Today is a new beginning for each of us. Today we accept you to our world-wide community”. Our six novices are a reminder of the global nature of our community and its works, echoed in our motto; May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be everywhere Loved, Forever. At a time when the Australian Provincial Chapter (held in October) discerned the Spirit’s call for us to be more international in our outreach, our Novitiate begins to resemble the United Nations: Kimi is Fijian, Krish from Singapore, Alak from Sudan, and Themba, who was born in Zimbabwe, will return to Africa as a member of the South African Region of the Irish Province, at the completion of his Novitiate here in Australia. To add to the mix and completing their Novitiate next month; Tru is originally from Vietnam, and Sandy from Parkes, NSW. A truly cross-cultural experience.
All six of these men are assured of prayerful support, but particularly the four new novices as they open themselves to the depths of God’s love for them. Congratulations; Themba, Kimi, Krish and Alak!
[Text:Chris Chaplin msc]