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: Tuesday, 19 October 2010 11:02
NEW BOOK ON KEN CLANCY MSC
‘The Royal Australian Air Force’s motto, Per Ardua ad Astra (Through Hardship to the Stars), describes well a theme in the life of Brother Ken Clancy MSC. I first met him in Melbourne where he was living in the Sacred Heart Monastery in Croydon, Victoria. He phoned our community health centre to ask if we knew any old people at home on their own who would appreciate a visitor. Thirty years later, he lives at Chevalier College in Bowral, NSW.’ (From the Introduction to the book by Brenda Hill.)
Authors, Brenda Hill and Terry Litchfield, have paid tribute to the life and work of Ken Clancy. What they have done is to tape Ken’s reminiscences, quite vivid about his childhood, growing up in straitened circumstances with diabetes, and his early adulthood. They have edited the interviews so well that we hear Ken’s voice clearly on every page.
Ken was awarded a medal in 2007 for being the longest living person with diabetes. The condition has made him who he is, especially in his responses to its challenges, both expected and unexpected.
Ken is also able to speak about his vocation, his changing life of prayer and awareness of God. He expresses these in his poems, two of which from 2009 appear in the book.
Ken’s broad social concerns, from the MSC work in Kiribati to Amnesty International, work for refugees as well as for local people in need, also feature. We are also introduced to Ken’s family. There are many photos to illustrate all aspects of Ken’s life – and the recognition that he never intended but has received.
Ken, at 85, at the MSC Provincial Chapter, October 2010