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Sunday, 02 September 2012 08:52

AN INTERNATIONAL TOUCH

We focused on Paul McCormack MSC and his art in past postings.  Here is an international version from the German Annals.  Worth a look - if not an easy German read. Thanks to Adrian Meaney MSC for sending the item.
Saturday, 01 September 2012 09:55

MSC MOVIE CONNECTIONS 9

Older visitors to this site might recognise the character on the 33 cent stamp.  He is the popular character from comic strips of long ago: Ginger Meggs. And an MSC connection? When a film version of the comic strip was being made in 1982, the producers asked to use the…
Thursday, 30 August 2012 09:34

MSC SISTERS: FIRE AND WATER

Once (and still) there were archives full of paper records. Perhaps there has not been quite the rush to memory stick records that will form an IT section of our archives. In the meantime, we are challenged to develop our audiovisual archive.  Carmel Butler MSC has shown us how valuable…
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 07:50

FRANK NATALE MSC, DIACONATE

On Saturday, August 25, 2012, the Most Reverend Alberto Rojas, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, ordained Frank Natale, MSC a deacon at St. Joseph Parish Shrine in Chicago, IL. Ordination to the diaconate is one of the final steps on Frank's journey to become a priest. We ask you to please…
Sunday, 26 August 2012 11:10

SHAME AND DISMAY

As the Victorian Government's Inquiry into the handling of child abuse by religious and other non-government organisations  will soon begin, the pastoral letter from the bishops of Victoria and heads of religious congregations has been sent to all Catholics and parishes, the fourth weekend of August. *  compassion for victims…
Friday, 24 August 2012 16:48

TRIBUTE TO A US CATHOLIC LAYMAN

Death of Henry Herx. It may be a surprise to find this death notice on the MSC site. In fact, Henry Herx had quite some influence on the Australian Church and its movie ministry. As can be seen in the obituary notice below, Henry worked for the US bishops conference…
Thursday, 23 August 2012 10:55

CHEVALIER INSTITUTE SEMINAR

Spirituality of the Heart In contrast to theology, we speak of spirituality as practical. It focuses a way of Christian living. It is also practical in that it insists on ‘groundedness’ - an engagement with suffering and resistance to the causes of injustice. A spirituality of the heart attends to…
Tuesday, 21 August 2012 13:54

NAVIGATING

At the recent conference of the Australian National Council of Priests, a keynote speaker was former English Provincial, then Master General, of the Dominican Friars, Timothy Radcliffe OP. In his many articles, lectures and books, he has spoken tellingly and wisely about the life of the Catholic Church today.  He…
Monday, 20 August 2012 15:09

A CROSS IN THE CLOUDS

A symbolic sky On the morning of his mother's funeral, John Walker MSC saw this sky and photographed it.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  So, is hope and reassurance. May John's mother rest in peace.
Tuesday, 14 August 2012 20:18

The Reviewer's Cut: Faith, Film and Values

Friends of Fr Peter Malone will be pleased to learn that his recent surgery (Wed. 15th Aug.) was successful and doctors are happy with his progress.  Peter advised that he expects to move to a ward during Thursday 16th. CathNews: August 14, 2012 CathNews film reviewer Fr Peter Malone MSC has…
During 2011-2, the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions have been celebrating the 150 years of their congregation.  A special feature was to have local celebrations in towns, schools and parishes where they have worked.  This culminated in the eastern states with a Mass and gathering, Sunday August 12th,…
Monday, 13 August 2012 09:02

FRANK NATALE MSC

Frank Natale, MSC To Be Ordained Deacon On Saturday, August 25, 2012, Frank Natale, MSC, a member of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, will be ordained a deacon, one of the last steps in his journey towards the priesthood. Frank will be ordained by the Most Reverend Alberto Rojas,…
Saturday, 11 August 2012 09:57

MSC PROFESSIONS, COLOMBIA.

Wednesday, 08 August 2012 Bogotá, Colombia On Saturday, August 4 in Santa Margarita María Parish, four young men professed the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience as Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) in the presence of their brother MSC, family members and parishioners. In a ceremony presided by Father…
Friday, 10 August 2012 08:14

PROCLAIM CONFERENCE 2012

PROCLAIM 2012 is a conference on the New Evangelisation organised on behalf of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference by the National Office for Evangelisation and Catholic Mission. The aim of PROCLAIM 2012 is to give people an understanding of the new evangelisation. It will also help attendees in building parishes…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 09:02

BRIDGE NAMED FOR FR JOHN LEARY MSC

THE JOHN LEARY BRIDGE The name ‘Father Leary Bridge’ has been given to the bridge located on the Daly Road over the Tommy’s Creek in the locality of Nauiyu. John spent many years living and working with the Aboriginal people in the NT. He was appointed Vicar for Aboriginal people…
Monday, 06 August 2012 08:26

RIP, SISTER KAY FENNELL OP

Amongst her ministries, Sister Kay Fennell OP worked at the Retreat House at St Mary's Towers, Douglas Park.  The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart are indebted to her.  This is the eulogy by Sister Maure Campbell OP.  Sr Kay Fennell OP  12 December 1936 – 23 July 2012  We are…
Sandy Abbey MSC and Kimi Vunivesilevu MSC On Thursday 2nd August the Melbourne Archdiocese hosted a Vocations Expo in the Cardinal Knox Centre. The evening began with Holy Hour, followed by the exhibition itself, and concluded with a question and answer forum on vocations. Many different groups had tables at…
Thursday, 02 August 2012 18:03

AUGUST DAYS FOR THE CHEVALIER FAMILY

St John Vianney.  See August 4th. 1 August, 1887The first four FDNSC Sisters arrive at Yule Island, PNG. 3 August, 1899First community of MSC Sisters is established in Hiltrup, Germany: two Sisters of Divine Providence and one MSC candidate. Sister Servatia, one of the Divine Providence Sisters, is appointed first…
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 08:50

THE GOSPEL AND HEALTH CARE

Mission in Focus: Fr Michael Fallon MSC by CatholicHealthAustralia  In this two-part webcast, Fr Michael Fallon, MSC, speaks on the topic "A Vision Grounded in the Gospel". Fr Fallon, a Scripture scholar, invites a deeper understanding of the healing ministry of Jesus as it inspires the work of Catholic health…
Monday, 30 July 2012 12:25

SUSAN RICHARDSON PBVM, MA (Theol)

Sister Susan Richardson, PBVM, director of the Heart of Life Spirituality Centre in Box Hill, Melbourne, has been awarded an MA (Theol).  The topic of her thesis was background to her work as a spiritual director: The interplay of Christian Anthropology with psychodynamics, with an emphasis on freedom.  The degree…
Saturday, 28 July 2012 18:52

WHAT'S A LIFE FOR?

What’s a life for? More than ever young people are discerning direction for their life. For some it is the question, “Where is God calling me?” for others, “What is my heart’s desire, its deepest desire?’, “Where can I find true meaning in my life?”, “What journey will enable me…
Friday, 27 July 2012 11:54

JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS

Some glimpses of ordination jubilee celebrations at Kensington. Fr Bernie McGrane MSC, 60 years ordained Fr Paul Brennan MSC, 50 years ordained Fr Brian Healy MSC, 50 years ordained, cutting the jubilee cake. Another cake. Fr Albert Chan MSC, 50 years ordained, and his cake. [Photos courtesy of Adrian Meaney…
Thursday, 26 July 2012 08:18

THURSDAY ISLAND CELEBRATION

The Catholic Church on Thursday Island celebrated 125 years since the establishment of the Catholic school.  The contribution of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart was acknowledged.  Sister Jo Kenny FDNSC in the photo. Also acknowledged was the presence over some decades of the Missionaries of the…
Tuesday, 24 July 2012 12:40

THE MSC INDIAN UNION

First Profession Congratulations to Brothers Arun, James and Sathish Kumar who made their first profession on the 25th of May, 2012 in Bangalore, India. Fr Christopher McPhee, Assisitant General, received their vows on behalf of the Superior General, Fr Mark McDonald.   Final Vows Congratulations to Brothers Anilkumar, Arun, Francis,…
Saturday, 21 July 2012 11:26

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF PRIESTS CONFERENCE

The biennial conference of the Australian National Council of Priests took place in Warrnambool (in winter!), July 16th-20th. There were over 170 participating. The theme was ‘Navigating the present crisis of the church’. Local keynote speakers were Chris McGillion, former journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald, now lecturing at Charles…
Thursday, 19 July 2012 18:04

MSC ORDINATION ANNIVERSARIES

Mid-July sees MSC ordination anniversaries.  Three priests celebrate 60 years, five celebrate 50 years. SIXTY YEARS Harry Morrissey MSC, St Joseph's, Kensington. Fr Bernard McGrane MSC, Sacred Heart Monastery, Kensington Fr Kevin White MSC, Nagoya, Japan FIFTY YEARS Fr Albert Chan MSC, Chinese Community ministry, Brisbane Fr Tony Young MSC,…
July usually brings celebrations of ordination jubilees.  One of the five MSC priest celebrating Golden Jubilees of ordination is Fr Albert Chan MSC. Already, he has enjoyed celebrations in Brisbane where he is stationed.  But his life has not always been an ordinary one.  We celebrate his life and achievement…
Tuesday, 17 July 2012 19:58

MOVEMENT FOR A BETTER WORLD

Fr Roger Purcell works as part of the CAS, Community Animation Services, for renewal in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, collaborating with the Movement in Australia, His editorial comments for the July issue of the CAS Bulletin, July 2012. Members of the Movement for a Better World.  Fr…
Monday, 16 July 2012 08:29

JULY: CONFERENCE SEASON

July in the southern hemisphere is the season for conferences.  Recently, ACTA (The Australian Catholic Theological Association) and ACBA (The Australian Catholic Biblical Association) held their annual conferences at St Mary's College in Melbourne.  They were followed by the Catholic Moral Theology Associations of Australian and New Zealand (which provides…
Fr Albert Yelds MSC, who has worked in Kiribati for several decades, has been honoured by the government with the medal, Ana Kamoamoa Kiribati, for his outstanding commitment and work as a priest and missionary.  In 2013, Fr Yelds will celebrate 60 years of priesthood. He has served in MSC…