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Tuesday, 05 June 2012 07:29

REFLECTION ON OUR ANGERS

Ronald Rolheiser OMI Overcoming Anger - The Final Spiritual Struggle As a young man, Nikos Kazantzakis once sought spiritual guidance from a renowned master, an old monk named Father Makarios. In his autobiography, he describes a conversation he had with the old monk: "Do you still wrestle with the devil,…
Sunday, 03 June 2012 09:58

MSC MOVIE CONNECTIONS 7

The pioneer priests and brothers who staffed St Mary’s Towers, Douglas Park, in years gone by would not have foreseen that the Mitchell building could ever serve as a location for filming – at least, not commercially.  But, this is what happened when the ABC’s very successful mini-series, Brides of…
Friday, 01 June 2012 09:16

JUNE DAYS

Some Significant "June Days" for the Chevalier Family Prepared at Cor Novum,  Issoudun. 1 June, 1940Mother M Electa, MSC, promises to build a chapel in honour of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, in Hiltrup, Germany, to seek protection for the Congregation and its works during World War II. 3…
Thursday, 31 May 2012 11:12

RIP FR VAL PATTERSON MSC

Fr Val Patterson MSC has died in Sydney after a very long illness. He was 81 years old, born on February 12th 1931.  He made first profession on February 26th 1950 and was ordained priest on July 21st 1956. His ministry was education, teaching at Monivae College, Hamilton, Chevalier College…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 09:00

INTERNATIONAL OLSH EXPERIENCE

Recently, the OLSH Sisters held a 3 month International Community Experience in Melbourne.  The Sisters attending were:  Sr Aren Viane from Kiribati, Sr Lidwina Suprati from Indonesia, Sr Mary Polon from Papua New  Guinea, and Sr Carmen Franco from the Philippines. What did the OLSH International Community Experience Offer? · A rich…
May 25th saw the Golden Jubilee of Priesthood for Fr Malcolm Fyfe MSC. The Eucharist and Reception were held in Darwin, at St Paul's Nightcliff and The Ranch, the MSC Community house. Bishop Hurley at the Jubilee Mass Bishop Eugene Hurley, MSC community and staff join with Malcolm and his…
WHAT IS THIS YEAR OF GRACE? By Fr Peter Brock You’ll have seen Archbishop Wilson’s Letter, on behalf of the Australian Bishops, announcing the Year of Grace [www.yearofgrace.catholic.com.au] The Bishops have chosen, as a sort of sub-heading, a phrase from Pope John Paul II’s Novo Millennio Ineunte: “starting afresh from…
Saturday, 26 May 2012 14:21

NATIONAL SORRY DAY, 26th MAY 20112

Unit 2, 134-142 Bunda Street, Civic ACT 2601 24 May 2012 National Sorry Day 2012 – Media Release This Saturday, May 26, marks the 15th National Sorry Day, a day of commemoration and remembrance for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children forcibly removed from their families, communities and culture…
Saturday, 26 May 2012 07:42

MAY 26th: OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART

Celebrating the major Marian feast for the Chevalier Family, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.
Friday, 25 May 2012 08:41

RIP JOHN O'LOUGHLIN

John and Margaret O'Loughlin at the Mass for the Golden Wedding anniversary. John O'Loughlin died on May 24th after some months of illness. He had turned 79 earlier in May. He and his wife, Margaret have been a great support to the MSC community in Melbourne for forty years.  They…
Thursday, 24 May 2012 16:43

IN MEMORY OF FR JIM MOORE MSC

Fr Jim Moore MSC died on Holy Saturday, April 7th, 2012. This letter was written in memory of him. “ Dear Fr. Jim Moore A few minutes ago I received an e-mail that you had left this world for a much better place promised by our heavenly Father from whom…
Fr Malcolm Fyfe MSC, Golden Jubilee of Priesthood, Melbourne celebration, curtain-raiser to the main celebration in Darwin (and then, in India). Malcolm was ordained in the chapel of the Sacred Heart Monastery in Croydon, Vic, and said his first Mass in St Pau's parish church in Bentleigh. The parish community,…
STATEMENT FROM THE AUSTRALIAN BISHOPS CONFERENCE AND CATHOLIC RELIGIOUS AUSTRALIA     The statement was sent to Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott AUSTRALIA'S Catholic bishops and leaders of religious congregations have added their voice to Aboriginal elders calling for an end to the Northern Territory…
Saturday, 19 May 2012 19:16

FRANK NATALE MSC: M.DIV

On Thursday, May 17, Frank Natale, MSC graduated from Catholic Theological Union with a Master of Divinity (M.Div.). The Master of Divinity is the degree that prepares students for professional ministry within the Roman Catholic Church. Frank professed his final vows as a Missionary of the Sacred Heart last summer…
Saturday, 19 May 2012 09:50

WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY: MAY 20Tth 2012

World Communications Day is celebrated on the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord. Poster courtesy of SIGNIS Malaysia. For those who want to know the perspectives of the Church on Communications and Media, the messages for World Communications Day over several decades have offered a wide range of reflections…
Thursday, 17 May 2012 08:49

RIP FR THOMAS KELLER MSC

fr Tom Kelliher was known to MSC who worked in PNG. [From the MSC American Province site.] On Friday, May 11, after 55 years of service as a priest, the Lord called Fr. Thomas J. Keller, MSC to his eternal home. After his ordination to the priesthood on September 17,…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 17:18

OLSH SISTERS AND BAHKITA VILLAGE

Ten Years Bakhita Village Bakhita Village is dedicated to and named after a Sudanese Slave girl who endured many years of terrible hardship until she won her freedom.  This African woman went on to become a Nun and lived a very saintly life till her death in 1947.  Bakhita Village…
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 09:31

DIOCESE OF KAVIENG

As part of our sapphine anniversary celebration of 65 years of mission in Papua New Guinea, each month, we are posting a few stories from one or more of our members who served there. We hope you enjoy their stories. FIRST PAPUA NEW GUINEAN BISHOP OF KAVIENG DIOCESE. Photo credit:…
Monday, 14 May 2012 09:13

ST HILDEGARD OF BINGEN

BENEDICT XVI DECLARES HILDEGARD OF BINGEN A SAINT, MAY 10th 2012 Saint Hildegard of Bingen, O.S.B. (Hildegard von Bingen), (1098 – 17 September 1179), was a German writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, Benedictine abbess, visionary and polymath. She founded the monasteries of Rupertsberg inn 1150 and Eibingen. One of her…
Sunday, 13 May 2012 10:41

MONIVAE COLLEGE AND MSC KIRIBATI

Kiribati MSC Mission Experience 2012 Departing on Tuesday 27th March for a two week MSC Mission Experience Program, a group of fifteen Year 11 and Year 12 students, along with Mrs Kaylene Mailes and Mr Damian McCarthy, embarked on an adventure into the Central Pacific nation known as KIRIBATI (Kiri-Bass)…
Friday, 11 May 2012 13:38

MSC FINAL VOWS: COLOMBIA

In a time when there are far fewer men and women joining religious congregations, we can share joy when two men commit themselves to God in MSC life. Bogotá, Colombia - On Saturday, April 28, Juan Pablo Romero Contreras and Favio Otoniel Castro Andino each took their final (life-long) vows…
One of the most influential visionaries for religious education in a media age, Pierre Babin OMI, has died aged 87, in Lyons, France. He visited Australia in the 1960s.  He worked with Marshall McLuhan (and received his award in 2011, the centenary of McLuhan's birth). His centre, CREC-AVEX, in Lyons,…
May 8th.  Golden Jubilee of Brian Gallagher MSC. Celebration with a difference. A gathering of family from Bendigo and friends and the MSC Melbourne Community gathered at St Peter’s Church, Shoreham, where Brian often helps out with Mass supply.  The occasion was an afternoon concert.  The celebration was compered by…
Sunday, 06 May 2012 08:22

MSC MOVIE CONNECTIONS 6

This MSC movie conection might seem a little tenuous - and tongue-in-cheek. However, the Chevalier College website has been noting a special function in Bowral today, a daffodil planting, in honour of... Bowral's foremost citizen until now has been Don Bradman, but... Here is an explanation: Mary Poppins, the magical…
The harrowing film on clerical sexual abuse “Deliver us From Evil” was released in Australian cinemas on 17th May 2007. It is being rebroadcast on ABC 2 Sunday 6 May 2012 at 8.30pm. Our 2007 review of the film follows below. "It is powerful comforting and deeply disturbing film, detailing…
Friday, 04 May 2012 08:34

PATRICK MARA MSC, B. Theol.

Pat Mara MSC with his parents after the graduation ceremony. The newly established MCD University of Divinity held its first graduations at the Wilson Hall, Melbourne University, on May 3rd.  The Melbourne College of Divinity has now become a specialist university.  The Yarra Theological Union, of which the Missionaries of…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 11:40

DOWNLANDS COLLEGE MUSICAL

The bi-annual College Musical is a highlight in Toowoomba's cultural life with student involvement ranging from backstage to lead actor. The Arts at Downlands College is a challenging and rewarding area, one in which students learn more about themselves, their society and the world in which they live. Downlands College's…
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 17:41

THE WAY: SIGNIS STATEMENT

The Way is a film about pilgrims on the Camino, the way to the tomb of St James in Compostella in north western Spain.  It is a popular pilgrimage and many Australians have walked and prayed it. The film by Emilio Estevez, featuring his father, Martin Sheen, offers an opportunity…
With thanks to Br Gerry Burke MSC for the poster.
Some Significant "May Days" for the Chevalier Family to Recall Courtesy of the Cor Novum staff, Issoudun. 1 May, 1863An article on Our Lady of the Sacred Heart appears in the Jesuit publication, "Messager du Sacré-Coeur", founded by Fr. Henri Ramière, SJ. It is the first presentation of this new…