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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…
Mr John McCarthy QC who has been appointed Australia's new ambassador to the Holy See has been a member of Aid to the Church in need, Australia, of which Fr Paul Stenhouse MSC is president/ Mr McCarthy's daughter, Claire, is a film-maker whose film, The Waiting City, won the Australian…
Saturday, 28 April 2012 11:03

THE ART OF A FULL LIFE

The art of a full life This interview is re-produced from Pathways, April 2012, the on-line magazine of Catholic Religious Australia (CRA), the organisation of leaders of religious congregations. With permission. Father Paul McCormack will never be bored. The Missionary of the Sacred Heart (MSC) priest is a teacher, musician,…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 23:00

MSC STUDENTS

The MSC professed students in Vietnam.  From left to right: Minh, Qui, Hung, Danh, Quang, Thang, Dai, Huang.  Qui and Hung have changed position in the photo below. They will be joined by two more students in June.  They are completing their novitiate in Manila.
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 23:14

ANZAC DAY 2012: LEST WE FORGET

ANZAC Day 2012: Monivae College The Monivae College Cadet Unit will again be marching in the ANZAC Day March at the Shrine of Remembrance on Birdwood Ave, Melbourne beginning at 9:00am. The Cadet Unit will also have representation at the Hamilton RSL ANZAC Day Parade. Each year a student from…
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 09:35

LEARNING FROM HISTORY

Mary Ward Andrew Hamilton SJ writes a weekly column in Eureka Street of which he is an associate editor.  His articles are reflections on current issues of both society and church and offer excellent food for thought and reflection.  This week, he has looked up documents from Rome concerning Mary…
Sunday, 22 April 2012 10:15

EARTH DAY 2012, APRIL 22nd

A Billion Acts of Green – Earth Day 2012 On April 22, more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day 2012 and help Mobilize the Earth. People of all nationalities and backgrounds will voice their appreciation for the planet and demand its protection. Together we…
Friday, 20 April 2012 10:36

TIWI ACHIEVEMENT

A Tiwi Islands community and Downlands College, Toowoomba, are together celebrating a unique milestone in education. PAUL DOBBYN reports EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD Selina Puruntatameri is believed to be the first English-as-a-second- language, remote-area Aborigine to attend an Australian university. One of those observing the achievement said: "Our nation should be glowing with…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 23:01

MONIVAE COLLEGE MENTION

Allan Myers QC, past student of Monivae who has made significant contributions to the school, recently received an Honorary Doctor of Laws. During his speech afterwards he gave mention to the education he received at Monivae College and he highlighted the personal impact of the teacher in education as distinct…
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 22:39

MSC MOVIE CONNECTIONS 5

In his homily at the Requiem Mass for Fr Jim Moore MSC, Fr Bill Cunningham reminded the congregation of a Papua New Guinea missionary story from the 1950s, one from Eastern Papua.  It concerned a missionary from Austria and three of her children who came to work at Sideia. In…
Sunday, 15 April 2012 22:45

FR JIM MOORE MSC: EULOGY

A Requiem Mass for Fr Jim Moore MSC who died on Holy Saturday was celebrated at Kensington Monastery before his burial at the community cemetery at Douglas Park. “Nearly all Jim’s life as a priest was spent in Milne Bay - over 30 years at Budoya on Fergusson Island, 9…
                                                  Daramalan College is celebrating 50 years.  On the evening of April 13th, a social function  was held in McCowage Hall for staff, past and present.  Around 200 attended, including past principals, Fr Jim Littleton MSC, Fr Bob Irwin MSC, Fr Denis Uhr MSC, Mr David Garrett, along with present…
Multi-cultural parishes are becoming more and more widespread in so many countries, including Australia.  Insights from international experiences offer interesting comparisons. The Cordate Community is an MSC group living and working in the suburbs of Birmingham, England.  They have a blog on their website.  This entry appeared at Easter time.…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 22:00

LIONEL BOWEN: RIP

Lionel Bowen MP, who was buried on Wednesday April 11th from St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, served as a local member of the NSW government, then as a federal member, becoming deputy leader of the Labor Party under Bill Hayden, then deputy Prime Minister,  to Bob Hawke who delivered the eulogy.…
Sunday, 08 April 2012 09:40

IN MEMORIAM: FR JIM MOORE MSC

Fr Jim Moore MSC died in Sydney on April 7th, 2012.  He died on Holy Saturday, in the spirit of the death of Jesus on Good Friday and the joy of Resurrection on Easter Sunday. He was 81 years old, made his first profession on 26th February, 1949 and was…
Sunday, 08 April 2012 09:29

EASTER BLESSINGS

Easter is a time of Spirited new life.  Easter blessings to all our site visitors.
Fr Salfinus Buarlele MSC was ordained in Idonesia in January.  He has now returned to Australia. Since August 2011, he was working in the parish of St John's, Kippax, ACT as a deacon.  He will now continue his ministry as assistant priest in St John's. The tradition of acclaim for…
Thursday, 05 April 2012 09:28

A HOLY WEEK STORY: MSC COLOMBIA

Holy Week Missions Each year, members of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in Colombia go on missions to accompany Catholic communities as they celebrate Holy Week and prepare to celebrate Easter. Some of these communities are very remote and are only visited by a priest a few times a…
Each month, the team at Cor Novum, Issoudun, publish in the site a list of special events in the history of the Chevalier Family. Here is the April list.  Each day, Cor Novum puts a quotation from Fr Chevalier on it site.  Google Cor Novum and bookmark 3 April, 1857…
Sunday, 01 April 2012 19:53

PAT AUSTIN MSC, COMPASS ABC TV

The ABC TV Compass program for April 1st was called A Church Divided.  The three central issues were the new translation of the liturgy, the pastoral situation in the diocese of Wilcannia Forbes, and Domus Australia. In the central section on Wilcannia Forbes, the program crew had gone to Balranald…
Sunday, 01 April 2012 09:00

CATHOLICS AND THE IRISH CENSUS

Catholics Standing Up And Being Counted Posted on 31. Mar, 2012, Irish MSC website Almost 9 out of every 10 Irish nationals identify themselves as Roman Catholic “Census results reveal that the number of people who disassociate themselves from any creed has risen by 45pc, with the majority being from…