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Listening and sharing was the focus when nine congregational leaders in ministry with indigenous Australians gathered in Alice Springs. Bishop Eugene Hurley, Bishop of the Darwin Diocese, Sister Carmel Bennett FMM, Sister Chris Burke IBVM, Brother Julian Casey FMS, Sister Pauline Compton FDNSC, Sister Clare Condon SGS, Sister Bernadette Edgecombe…
Tuesday, 31 May 2011 19:56

YOU MAY HAVE SEEN FOUR CORNERS

From the MSC Justice and Peace Centre Director Dear friends, Please consider signing this petition produced by GetUp! to be delivered to the Parliament in Canberra tomorrow condemning the ill treatment of animals for export and slaughter.  Please consider this especially if you were appalled at the Four Corners production on…
Saturday, 28 May 2011 08:54

FEAST OF OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART

May 28th is the feast day for Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.  It is being celebrated more specially this year as the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart commemorate 100 years of the Australian province. A booklet on Our Lady of the Sacred Heart was published by…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 08:40

AUSTRALIA: SORRY DAY MAY 26th

Caritas calls for fresh focus on justice for Sorry Day Caritas Australia and its partner Stolen Generations Alliance are calling for a fresh focus on truth, justice and healing for aboriginal people who were removed from the families to mark Sorry Day tomorrow, on May 26, the group said in…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 15:25

HOLY WEEK ON CHRISTMAS ISLAND

Claude Mostowik MSC, Director of the MSC Justice and Peace Centre, spent two weeks on Christmas Island during the Holy Week - Easter period.  He offers his reflections on meeting detainees behind the headlines and controversies.To read his report, click on the photo above.
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 09:06

OF GODS AND MEN (DES HOMMES ET DES DIEUX)

Of Gods and Men (Des Hommes et Des Dieux) has proven to be one of the best Catholic-themed films.  Winner of the Jury Prize in Cannes 2010, it won the Ecumenical Prize there as well as the Prize of SIGNIS (The World Catholic Association for Communication) Europe award. It screened…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 08:36

MSC BRAZIL

Centenary of MSC Presence in Brazil Tuesday, 24 May 2011  ATIBAIA-SÃO PAULO, Brazil “To See, To Feel, To Feel Compassionate and To Celebrate”. This is the motto that inspires the Celebration of the Centenary of the MSC’s presence in Brazil. From May 17 to May 20 the members of the…
Sunday, 22 May 2011 22:24

MSC ITALY ELECTS NEW PROVINCIAL

P. Pietro Zulian, MSC, Elected New Provincial Friday, 20 May 2011 MONTE CUCCO, Italy The Italian Province held its Provincial Chapter from May 16 to May 20, 2011. Father Pietro Zulian, MSC, was elected New Provincial in the afternoon of May 19, 2011. Father Mark McDonald, MSC, the Superior General…
Thursday, 19 May 2011 10:10

PRINCIPAL FOR DOWNLANDS COLLEGE

The new Principal for Downlands College has been appointed.  He is Mr. Stephen McIllhatton.
Monday, 16 May 2011 20:11

OUR PILGRIM'S PROGRESS 2

Val d'Aosta, Italian AlpsThe second part of the mini-diary from messages sent by Paul Castley on his pilgrimage from Canterbury to Rome.
Saturday, 14 May 2011 09:57

IN MEMORIAM: ARTHUR BRAITHWAITE MSC

Fr Arthur Braithwaite MSC has died at the age of 78.  He had been dealing with cancer in recent years and moved to the Sacred Heart Hospice in Darlinghurst this week.  He died on the evening of May 14th. Arthur was from Melbourne and was professed in February 1953, ordained…
P. Manoel Ferreira dos Santos Elected New Provincial Thursday, 12 May 2011 SÃO PAULO, Brazil The Province of São Paulo started its Provincial Chapter on May 09, 2011. P. Manoel Ferreira dos Santos, MSC, was elected new Provincial Superior on May 12, 2011. P. Mark McDonald, MSC, the Superior General…
Thursday, 12 May 2011 10:24

OUR PILGRIM'S PROGRESS

On March 19th, Paul Castley MSC set out on the Via Francigena pilgrimage from Canterbury to Rome, intending to walk into St Peter's Square on 29th June, the feast of Sts Peter and Paul, the 50th anniversary of his ordination. Pilgrimages do not always work out as imagined, but Paul…
Thursday, 12 May 2011 09:32

HOLY FAMILY CARE CENTRE, SOUTH AFRICA

From the MSC South Africa website. Nestling under the majestic Drakensberg mountains lies Holy Family Care Centre; a little oasis for suffering and neglected children, run by the Sisters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. In 2001 the OLSH Sisters took charge of the property and opened up a…
Monday, 09 May 2011 17:47

FRENCH SPEAKING AFRICAN UNION OF MSC

First UAF Conference in Yaoundé-Nkolbisson Sunday, 08 May 2011 YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon  From 27 April - 07 May 2011, the Francophone African Union has experienced a major event never known since it was created 25 years ago. This concerns the very first Conference of the Union which is taking place in…
P. George Tami, MSC, Elected New Provincial Thursday, 05 May 2011 BOROKO, Papua New Guinea The 12th MSC PNG Provincial Chapter started on May 1, 2011 and will end on May 10, 2011. On May 5 in the presence of Fr. Arci Abellana, MSC, the First Assistant General and Fr.…
Thursday, 05 May 2011 18:47

MSC FRANCE RE-ELECT PROVINCIAL SUPERIOR

P. Gérard Blattmann, MSC, Re-elected Provincial Wednesday, 04 May 2011 ISSOUDUN, France On April 26, 2011 the French Province started its Provincial Chapter. On May 4, 2011 it re-elected P. Gérard Blattmann, MSC as Provincial Superior of the French Province for three years and P. Mark McDonald, MSC, the Superior…
P. Gene Pejo, MSC, Elected New Provincial Friday, 29 April 2011 MANILA, Philippines On April 29, 2011, the final day of the 8th General Assembly of the Philippine Province, Fr. Gene Pejo was elected to the office of Provincial Superior for the term of office of 2011-2014. In the second…
Flyer for the June e-conference of the Conference of Spiritual Directors, Australia. The title of the Conference is The Way of the Heart...  Journeys of Transformation.  It will be produced by the Diocese of Broken Bay. Keynote speaker is Paul Beirne, Dean of the Melbourne College of Divinity. For further…
Michael Fallon MSC continues his commentaries on the Scriptures with a new publication.  To see the cover, read the information about the book and find publishing details, click on the photo.
Sunday, 01 May 2011 09:48

FILMS ON CONTEMPORARY ABORIGINAL LIFE

MURUNDAK AND MAD BASTARDS ON RELEASETwo Australian films are on release that are of interest to all Australians but especially those with more personal background in aboriginal affairs.  The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart have sent personnel to the Northern…
Saturday, 30 April 2011 09:54

MSC ANNUAL PROVINCIAL CONFERENCE

Community leaders and members of the Australian Provincial Council met at Kensington for the annual Provincial Conference.  The Conference discussed issues from the Provincial Chapter of 2010, preparations for the General Chapter of 2011 and processes for developing a Provincial plan.
Thursday, 28 April 2011 08:55

MSC SPAIN RE-ELECTS PROVINCIAL

P. Wifredo Arribas Sancho, MSC, Re-elected Provincial   Wednesday, 27 April 2011 MADRID, Spain The Spanish Province started its Provincial Chapter on April 25, 2011. On April 27 P. Wifredo was re-elected for a second term. The Third Assistant General P. Faustino Fernández García, MSC, attended the Chapter. P. Mark…
Tuesday, 26 April 2011 22:27

AN EVENING WITH PATRICK DODSON

For flyer with details of the evening in Sydney, click photo.
Friday, 22 April 2011 19:38

RELIGIOUS CONGREGATIONS AND THE PACIFIC

 FORUM: LOW-LYING ISLANDS AND CLIMATE CHANGE Congregations with connections in the Pacific region are encouraged to attend a forum in May to consolidate commitment to the low-lying islands affected by climate change. The Congregational Pacific Connections Forum will be held on 10 May at the Good Samaritan Conference Centre in…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 08:53

HOLY WEEK MSC MISSION STORY, SOUTH AMERICA

  HOLY WEEK MISSIONS Tuesday, 19 April 2011 (MSC-USA website) Bogota, Colombia On Friday night and Saturday morning, Father Eduard Riascos and Father Luis Alfonso Segura, together with professed students and seminarians, left the MSC community in Bogota, Colombia for missions in different parts of Colombia. Each year, members of…
Friday, 15 April 2011 23:58

DARWIN TRIBUTE

STREET NAMES AND MSC I was happy to receive the recent news that two streets in the suburb of Bellamack, in Darwin will be named after MSC. Corry Street will be named after Alan Corry. Taylor Crescent will be named after George Vincent Taylor. I know that George (or Mus…
Friday, 15 April 2011 17:35

SIGNIS STATEMENT: BRIGHTON ROCK

   Click to read SIGNIS statement                     Watch the Trailer                                                                                                     (right button for full screen) The new version of Graham Greene's Brighton Rock has been released in Australia.  As with Greene's other writings, Catholic issues are raised, especially sin and redemption. SIGNIS (The World Catholic Association for Communication), of which…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 23:18

MSC BELGIUM RE-ELECTS PROVINCIAL

P. André Claessens, MSC, Re-elected Provincial BORGERHOUT, Belgium The Provincial Chapter of the Belgium Province was held from the 11th to the 14th of April, 2011. P. André Claessens was re-elected the Provincial Superior for a third term. P. Narciso Abellana, MSC, the First Assistant General who attended the Chapter,…
Tuesday, 12 April 2011 10:19

FAREWELL TO ANDREW BALLESTY

Andrew and Bron Ballesty On Friday, April 8th, Andrew Ballesty finished his work as MSC Business Manager and Provincial Bursar. He moves to being Business Manager at St Pius X College, Chatswood.