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Friday, 05 August 2011 09:36

JUBILEE: 75 YEARS OF RELIGIOUS PROFESSION

    August 5th is the date for Br Barney Delaney's 75th Religious Profession anniversary, a time for celebrating a life of service in MSC communities in Australia and a period at the General House in Rome. The December edition of Encounter, no. 76, contained long interviews with several jubilarians…
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 09:21

MSC SPIRITUALITY SERVICES

  The MSC Spirituality Services held its annual conference at the Heart of Life Centre, Box Hill. Memebers of the Spirituality Services are the staffs of the three MSC Spirituality works: St Mary’s Retreat Centre, Douglas Park, The Heart of Life Centre, Box Hill and The Chevalier Institute, Kensington, NSW.…
Saturday, 30 July 2011 10:05

CELEBRATION: JUBILEE OF ORDINATION

  The celebration of the 2011 jubilee of ordination took place at Sacred Heart Monastery, Kensington, on July 23rd.   For Fr Bill Cunningham, it was sixty years of priesthood.   From left to right in the photo, it was Golden Jubilee for Adrian Meaney, Russell Andersen, Kevin Barr, Paul…
Friday, 29 July 2011 11:40

OUR PILGRIM PROGRESSED

  Paul Castley MSC completed his pilgrimage on the Via Francigena in just over three months, arriving in Rome before his Golden Jubilee of ordination date, June 29th, Feast of St Peter and Paul. On the day itself, he was able to celebrate the Eucharist in one of the chapels…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 09:37

FAITH, HOPE, and a BIRD CALLED GEORGE

  Since publishing God is Near in the early 1990s, Michael Morwood has written several books of popular theology.  At the time of Tomorrow's Catholic in the later 1990s, Andrew Hamilton S.J. wrote an article about this kind of writing, calling it 'Theology in Suburbia', attempts at exploring theological ideas…
Monday, 25 July 2011 08:54

TRAGEDY IN NORWAY

    July 25, 2011   Her Excellency Mrs Siren Gjerme Eriksen Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Royal Norwegian Embassy 17 Hunter Street Yarralumla, ACT, 2600   Your Excellency,   I write to you as President of Pax Christi, Australia and Director of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Justice and…
Sunday, 24 July 2011 14:13

BOOK LAUNCH: WHERE THE HELL IS GOD?

    WHERE THE HELL IS GOD? Richard Leonard S.J.   Where the Hell is God? has been very successful in sales in English-speaking countries. Its beginnings go back to the tragic accident outside Port Keats in 1988 which resulted in Richard Leonard’s sister, Tracy, becoming quadriplegic. Tracy had trained…
Thursday, 21 July 2011 08:33

RELIGIOUS OBEDIENCE

  In preparation for the 2011 MSC General Chapter, Fr Tony Arthur MSC has prepared a document on religious obedience, a resume of responses to an initial paper sent out to members on religious obedience.  The resume indicates how understanding of obedience, discernment and the exercise of leadership in religious…
Tuesday, 19 July 2011 09:52

STORIES OF THE HEART RETREAT

  Stories of the Heart is the title for a weekend retreat to be facilitated by Julie Taylor and Phil Fitzgerald from the Chevalier Institute, September 23rd to 25th.  The venue is The Retreat Centre at St Mary's Towers Douglas Park. This is a retreat for Lay MSC and anyone…
Tuesday, 12 July 2011 14:57

MSC WRITINGS: THE CANBERRA MONASTERY

Fr Jim Littleton MSC continues his books on MSC history with one on the Canberra Monastery, opened in 1960 as a formation house, closed in 1974 as a seminary when all MSC students transferred to Croydon, Victoria. The Monastery was finally sold in 1982 to Youth with a Mission. It…
Saturday, 09 July 2011 10:53

MSC CAUSES FOR BEATIFICATION

Fr Jean-Jules Chassem with former Postulator Fr Lucio de Stefano NEW POSTULATOR GENERAL Friday, 08 July 2011   ROME, Italy - The General Council has named Fr. Jean-Jules Chassem, a member of the UAF from Cameroon, Postulator General of the Congregation for all its causes. Fr. Jean-Jules arrived in Rome…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 01:40

JULY 7th: CELEBRATION OF PETER TO ROT

    July 7th has been designated as the day for the celebration, the feastday of Blessed Peter To Rot. His story has been reproduced here, courtesy of the US MSC Website. There are a number of illustrations added associated with a film shown first on January 15th 1995, Petro…
Tuesday, 05 July 2011 16:08

BURYING PRESIDENT MARCOS. CFA VIEW

CFA MAKES ITS STAND ON THE MARCOS BURIAL ISSUE   The Communication Foundation for Asia has declared its official stand opposing the move to have former President Marcos buried at Libingan ng Mga Bayani. Communication Foundation for Asia is a pioneer in development communication. It was established in 1968 as…
Sunday, 03 July 2011 14:20

SILVER JUBILEE: BISHOP TED COLLINS MSC

There are celebrations in Darwin today as Bishop Ted Collins MSC is twenty-five years a bishop, succeeding Bishop John O'Loughlin MSC in 1986.   On his 80th birthday, 2011, Ted Collins, right, with his successor, Bishop Eugene Hurley.
Saturday, 02 July 2011 15:56

A SACRED HEART DAY IMAGE

An image to celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart.  John Mulrooney receives the first vows of Doan Nguyen Thanh Danh MSC on June 26th.  Our congratulations.  
Thursday, 30 June 2011 20:03

JULY 1ST FEAST OF THE SACRED HEART

A feast day greeting and blessing to all readers  
Sunday, 26 June 2011 10:46

OUR OTHER PILGRIM'S PROGRESS

Pilgrimages must be in the air.  No sooner has Paul Castley reached Rome, than Tim Brennan sends news of his already 600 kms pilgrimage towards Compostella.  His aim is to reach the shrine city on Friday July 1st, the Feast of the Sacred Heart.
Thursday, 23 June 2011 15:34

OUR PILGRIM'S PROGRESS: III

On March 19th, Paul Castley set out on his Via Francigena pilgrimage from Canterbury to Rome. After the Alps, he walked through northern Italy and sent a message from Siena.  This week, he reported that he has almost reached Rome.  Since June 29th, the Golden Jubilee of his ordination, is…
Thursday, 23 June 2011 15:14

MSC WRITING: BOOKLETS

June 23rd is the anniversary of the death of Fr Darcy Morris MSC.  He died in 1955. Last year Fr Jim Littleton MSC (with Adrian Meaney MSC) published a short book on Darcy Morris.  It seemed an opportune moment to bring the book to our site visitors’ attention in case…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 21:07

More on Easter at Christmas Island, 2011

Claude Mostowik MSC spent two weeks on Christmas Island.  A report of his stay was placed on this website.  He has sent the front page of the local paper.  To view the page, click Claude's photo.
Thursday, 16 June 2011 14:46

e-conference THE WAY OF THE HEART

THE WAY OF THE HEART On June 15th, the Heart of Life Spirituality Centre hosted an e-conference for the Conference of Spiritual Directors, Australia.  The production was made by the team from the diocese of Broken Bay. The theme was The Way of the Heart, Journeys of Transformation.  It was…
Tuesday, 14 June 2011 09:21

SCHERGER DETENTION CENTRE

CathBlog - Priest's detention centre shock Published: June 13, 2011 BY LAURIE BISSETT   I recently visited the Scherger Detention Centre outside Weipa on the West Coast of the Gulf/Cape York. I am the Administrator of the Sacred Heart Mission Parish in the Torres Strait and based in Thursday Island, but…
On Wednesday, there was a centenary celebration on Bathurst Island/ Nguiu.  Besides the centenary Mass, there was the opening of the extension and improvements to the historical museum and a Confirmation ceremony. Many of those who worked on the island were present, including Sister Anne Gardiner FDNSC, Leo Wearden MSC,…
Thursday, 09 June 2011 15:41

CENTENARY OF BATHURST ISLAND MASS

Bishop F.X. Gsell MSC Francis Xavier Gsell was born in Alsace in 1872 shortly after Franco-Prussian War. His family had been French, but shortly before his birth the Alsace became German. He studied to be a priest and was ordained in Rome before coming to Dawin in 1906 In 1909…
Fr Chris Monaghan CP, President of the Yarra Theological Union, welcomes those attending the book launch of Jesus... According to the Scriptures on June 7th 2011. The book was launched with a presentation by Fr Brian Boyle. To see the cover with a comment from Fr Michael Fallon MSC, click…
Monday, 06 June 2011 16:39

HEART RADIO KIRIBATI LAUNCH

Staff of St Paul's Catholic Centre, Kiribati. Centre is the previous director, Sister Teneti OLSH; left is the new lay director, Iatinta. Until now, the St Paul's Centre in Kiribati, the audiovisual centre, had as its director a Daughter of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.  The director is now…
Monday, 06 June 2011 16:32

IT AND BROADBAND FOR THE PACIFIC

The SIGNIS  Pacific issued a statement on the need for authorities, Church and civil, to develop broadband services for the small Pacific countries, services that developed nations take for granted.  This is important for countries like Fiji, Kiribati and Papua New Guinea where members of the Chevalier Family work with…
Saturday, 04 June 2011 23:14

WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY 2011

         Click to view slideshow     Click each slide to advance Social Networks for Christian Connection is subtitled Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity in a Digital Age.  Prepared by the Pontifical Council for Social Communication, this statement highlights the reality of social networking and urges its authentic use. Developed countries…
Representatives from Australia's Hindu, Uniting Church, Jewish, Bahai, Buddhist, Catholic, Jain and Anglican communities met members of both sides of politics in Canberra to show their support for action on climate change. Photo: Alex Ellinghause, Report from the Sydney Morning Herald.
Thursday, 02 June 2011 16:04

SIGNIS STATEMENT: ORANGES AND SUNSHINE

  Oranges and Sunshine is a film about the 'lost children of the Empire', the children who were shipped to Australia from the 1940s to the 1970s, many of them assigned to Catholic institutions.  Both the UK government and the Australian government apologised in 2009 for the treatment of these…