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Monday, 11 April 2011 22:04

MSC NETHERLANDS ELECTS NEW PROVINCIAL

P. Jan Jetse Bol, MSC, Elected New Provincial   TILBURG, Netherlands The Dutch Provincial Chapter began on April 4. P. Jan Jetse Bol was elected Provincial Superior of the Dutch Province after the second round in the afternoon on April 5, 2011. P. Narciso Abellana, MSC, the First Assistant General…
Saturday, 09 April 2011 18:58

A SECULAR AGE by CHARLES TAYLOR

 A recommendation from Fr John Rate MSC In this long book Charles Taylor, emeritus professor at McGill University, Canada, tries to trace a fundamental change in Western society, ‘from a society in which it was virtually impossible not to believe in God, to one in which faith, even for the…
Thursday, 07 April 2011 11:51

NEW BISHOP IN EASTERN PAPUA

DIOCESE OF ALOTAU-SIDEIA Fr. Rolando Santos, C.M. provincial superior of the Lazarist Fathers (Vincentians) ,Philippines, has been appointed as Bishop of Alotau-Sideia. The area of the diocese is 20,000, population 245,000, Catholics 41,137, priests 23, religious 4. The bishop-elect was born in Rizal, Philippines, in 1949 and ordained a priest in 1974.…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 11:05

THURSDAY ISLAND

  Fr Laurie Bissett MSC is parish priest of Thursday Island. He offers an outline of the parish's history as well as an invitation at the end to fellow MSC for supply work in July-August. Sacred Heart Mission Thursday Island (including other islands in the Torres Strait such as Hammond,…
Sunday, 03 April 2011 12:18

THE RITE: SIGNIS STATEMENT

SIGNIS, The World Catholic Association for Communication, of which the Chevalier Family is an international member, releases statements on films of Catholic interest, and films which raise religious questions or controversies. The Rite is in current release and has led to discussion on exorcisms in the Church and the course…
Saturday, 02 April 2011 09:24

MSC CANADA ELECTS PROVINCIAL SUPERIOR

P. Marc-André Gingras, MSC MSC Generalate.   Friday, 01 April 2011 QUEBEC, Canada The Canadian Province held its Provincial Chapter in the last week of March. P. Marc-André was elected the New Provincial Superior on the 31st of March for a period of three years. P. Mark McDonald, MSC who was…
Thursday, 31 March 2011 07:36

PREMIER FROM ST JOHN'S COLLEGE DARWIN

 BARRY O'FARRELL AT ST JOHN'S Mr O'Farrell looks like his mother but takes much of his nature from his late father and his grandfather Bill O'Farrell, who was a country cop. Flamboyance does not seem to be in the man's DNA. Brother Greg McCann at Darwin's St John's College's calls…
Tuesday, 29 March 2011 09:30

FR AGENOR GIRARDI MSC ORDAINED BISHOP

Monday, 28 March 2011 FRANCISCO BELTRÃO, Paraná, Brazil On March 25, 2011, on the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord, our confrere, Fr. Agenor Girardi, MSC, was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Porto Alegre. He was ordained by Bishop José Antonio Peruzzo, Bishop of Palmas – Francisco…
Monday, 28 March 2011 09:07

NSW ELECTION AFTERMATH

Former NSW premier Keneally back on parish duties roster Kristina Keneally --- Former NSW premier Kristina Keneally became emotional while speaking to members of her church in Sydney's east on Sunday, while thanking them for support during her election campaign, said a report from The Sunday Telegraph on news.com.au. Addressing…
Friday, 25 March 2011 13:42

LENTEN REFLECTIONS

The Bishops Conference for England and Wales site offered reflections for Advent, for each day a film relating to the Gospel.  Now there are similar reflections for each day of Lent.  They are conversations between James Abbott of the Catholic Communications Network and Peter Malone MSC, SIGNIS.  For each day,…
Pax Christi Australia International Christian Peace Movement National President: Father Claude Mostowik MSC61+2+9550 3845 0411 450 953 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. March 23, 2011 His Excellency, Mr Shiegekazu Sato Embassy of Japan 112 Empire Circuit, Yarralumla ACT 2600 Your Excellency On behalf of the members of Pax Christi Australia, part of the international…
Tuesday, 22 March 2011 15:45

RELIGIOUS SOLIDARITY IN SUFFERING

Religious congregations stand with people in their suffering following recent natural disasters, political uprisings, trauma and loss. It has been a turbulent start to 2011 with tragic natural disasters, political uprisings and most recently, the devastating tsunami in Japan. Most of us have watched these tragedies from afar but some…
Tuesday, 22 March 2011 10:29

HEART OF LIFE SPIRITUALITY CENTRE

2011 OPENING   With the beginning of the Academic Year, Susan Richardson PBVM welcomed visitors to the Heart of Life Spirituality Centre in Melbourne for the Opening Ceremony in February.  The Heart of Life Spirituality Centre is an MSC ministry. It was established in 1983 by Brian Gallagher MSC who…
Sunday, 20 March 2011 09:28

VIA FRANCIGENA

THE ROAD FROM MELBOURNE TO ROME, A PILGRIM WAY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           On Saturday March 19th, the feast of St Joseph, Paul Castley MSC began his pilgrimage to Rome from Canterbury along the Via Francigena. His intention is to arrive in St Peter's Square on June 29th, feast of St Peter…
Saturday, 19 March 2011 10:29

YARRA THEOLOGICAL UNION

MASS FOR THE OPENING OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR   March 18th saw the celebration of the opening of the academic year at the Yarra Theological Union, situated at St Paschal's, the Franciscan house in Box Hill, Melbourne. President of the Students Representative Council, Patrick Mara MSC, welcomed auxiliary bishop of…
Tuesday, 15 March 2011 22:30

PREMIER COLLEGES AND PREMIERS

MATTER OF CHURCH AND STATE Damien Murphy Sydney Morning Herald  March 15, 2011 Some may say he has a lot to answer for, but no other Australian can claim to have been so pivotal in shaping so many premiers. A Catholic priest, Father Tyson Doneley, is looking at the third…
Tuesday, 15 March 2011 11:47

MSC GENERALATE STAFF

ROME, Italy, MSC Generalate This year the Generalate community has warmly welcomed two new members. One is Father Jean Jules Chassem, MSC from the Union of French – speaking Africa (UAF). He arrived on September 1, 2010. For several months he studied Italian and now is doing the course for…
Sunday, 13 March 2011 19:25

SOLIDARITY WITH SUFFERING JAPAN

EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI The Australian Province of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart has had significant connections with Japan. During World War II, Missionaries, Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart experienced the occupation of New Britain and imprisonment in Ramale Valley.…
Friday, 11 March 2011 09:36

MSC STATISTICS 2010

The MSC General Administration have published membership statistics for 2010. The statistics below are for membership of Provinces and Unions. Australia                                                                    171 Belgium                                                                       65 Central America                                                           27 Canada                                                                       33 Curitiba, Brazil                                                             26 France                                                                        75 Holland                                                                       74 India                                                                          79 Indonesia                                                                  340 Ireland                                                                      128 Italy                                                                           33 North Germany                                                           93 Philippines                                                                 129 Papua…
Thursday, 10 March 2011 10:28

MSC WRITINGS

Noel Mansfield MSC has published a third book in his series of Sunday Reflections, Cycle A for the current year's readings. Copies can be obtained from Nelen Yubu Productions, Kensington, NSW. Phone (02) 9315 2231 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 10:40

IN MEMORIAM: JAMES LESLIE MSC

  Brother Jim Leslie MSC died on March 8th at St Joseph's, Kensington. He died peacefully in his sleep. Jim Leslie was born in 1917. He served overseas during World War II in North Africa, a 'rat of Tobruk'. He survived almost seventy years after these battles. After the war,…
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 09:38

LENTEN REFLECTION: THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Sydney artist Justin O'Brien painted a series on the Stations of the Cross.  His works have been on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Stephen Hackett MSC, Chairman of the National Liturgical Architecure and Art Board, delivered a paper on the Stations.  This serves as a Lenten…
APPEALS FOR RESPECT FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM from the Vatican Representative to the United Nations and from SIGNIS, The World Catholic Association for Communication Vatican representative in Geneva: statement on religious freedom Kevin Clarke at America Magazine reports that Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, the Permanent Representative of the Holy See to the…
Friday, 04 March 2011 11:25

ELECTION OF INDONESIAN PROVINCIAL

FATHER BENEDICTUS ROLLY UNTO MSC ELECTED PROVINCIAL SUPERIOR Thursday, 03 March 2011 (From the MSC Generalate Website) AMBON, Indonesia The MSC Indonesian confreres held their Provincial Chapter in Amboin from the last week of February until the first week of March. During the second part of the Provincial Chapter they…
Thursday, 03 March 2011 16:57

SEVENTY FIVE YEARS OF MISSIONARY SERVICE

From the MSC Generalate Website Wednesday, 02 March 2011 11:34 SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic –   On February 18, 2011, the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus celebrated  75 Years of their presence in Dominican Republic, at the parish shrine of Our Lady of Altagracia, Santiago. The Jubilee was a…
Thursday, 03 March 2011 16:27

FEBRUARY - MSC JUBILEE MONTH

In past years, February 26th was the principal date for MSC novices making their vows. On February 7th 2011 Father Chris Keane celebrated his silver jubilee of ordination. The three golden jubilarians for 26th February, 2011 are: Brother Reg Pritchard MSC Brother Terry Fallon MSC Father Frank Andersen MSC Silver…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 10:41

NEW IRISH PROVINCIAL

The Irish Province of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart is pleased to announce the election of Fr. Joseph McGee MSC as its next Provincial Superior. Fr. Joe will succeed the present Provincial, Fr. Patrick Courtney MSC, some time later this year at a date to be determined by the…
Monday, 21 February 2011 08:39

MSC LATIN AMERICA

CA-MSC Asunción - PARAGUAY CA-MSC is the American MSC Conference (Conferencia Americana – MSC). In the past CA-MSC was called CAL (Conferencia America Latina) - MSC. It began in 1973 when they realized that our confreres were working hard and well, but had no communication among them. They were isolated…
Sunday, 20 February 2011 22:28

MSC INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION

At the 2010 Australian Provincial Chapter, there was a desire expressed for more international collaboration between provinces and regions.  We are seeking ways of fostering this.  After the 'Read More' rubric below, there are two reports of collaboration from the website of CFA, the Communications Foundation for Asia, the flagship…
Thursday, 10 February 2011 18:11

IN MEMORIAM FR BERNARD SMITH MSC

Bernie Smith MSC has died, February 9th, 2011. From Western Australia, he was a 'late vocation' and studied at St Paul's National Seminary. He was ordained in 1979. His ministry was primarily in parishes, beginning in Hindmarsh in the early 1980s.  He then spent the years, 1984-1991 in the Northern…