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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…
Friday, 30 March 2012 08:13

MSC MOVIE CONNECTION 4

XAVIER SAMUEL Australian moviegoers may have noticed the name of Xavier Samuel appearing more frequently above the title of a number of films.  He appeared in some small-budget features, September and Newcastle.  He also made several horror films, Road Train and The Loved One. But, the millions of fans of…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 09:24

REFLECTION: DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY

Fr Alan Neville MSC is from Cork and a member of the Irish Province who was ordained in 2009.  His formation and pastoral experience took him to areas served by the Irish MSCs, South Africa and Venezuela.  This reflection was posted on the Irish MSC website. Photo:  Alan Neville at…
Monday, 26 March 2012 10:10

CHINESE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY, BRISBANE

Since 1985, Fr Albert Chan MSC has been working with the Chinese community in Brisbane. After teaching for over twenty years in Downlands, Daramalan and Monivae Colleges, he was able to establish this ministry with few material means – but a great deal of providence. These were the years before…
Friday, 23 March 2012 15:15

DOCTORATE CONFERRAL: STEPHEN HACKETT MSC

Fr Stephen Hackett MSC was awarded a Doctorate in Philosophy on March 15th.  His thesis was written for the Faculty of the Built Environment of the University of New South Wales. The title of the thesis is: The Architecture of Liturgy: Liturgical Ordering in Church Design; The Australian Experience in…
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 19:52

AFL:: ABORIGINAL PLAYERS

Michael Long in his heyday. Australian Rules football has been in the news this week (as it always is), but with an emphasis on aboriginal players, issues of racism, and some more heartening news, especially concerning Michael Long, winner of the 1993 Norm Smith medal, as did Maurice Rioli in…
The Yarra Theological Union, Box Hill, Melbourne, celebrated a Eucharist to inaugurate the academic year on the evening of March 16th. Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, presided. The MSC students attend the Yarra Theological Union.  In 2012, Sandy Abbey MSC is secretary of the Student Council.  Patrick Mara MSC and…
Saturday, 17 March 2012 07:57

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN MSC STUDENT

Seminaries and training for the priesthood have been changing over recent decades. What is it like to be part of MSC formation today? HOW DOES A RELIGIOUS STUDENT FILL IN HIS DAY? This is a question that intrigues many a parishioner.  We Missionaries of the Sacred Heart are blessed to…
Friday, 16 March 2012 09:00

50 YEARS: DARAMALAN COLLEGE, CANBERRA

50th Anniversary Jubilee information The College opened on 30 January 1962, with 240 boys in primary Grades 5 and 6 and secondary Form I. Father McMahon was the first Headmaster, as well as Superior of the MSC Monastery, which was located on the Federal Highway Watson. The name “Daramalan” interpreted…
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 11:40

SR TESS WARD FDNSC, HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION

NORTHERN TERRITORY COUNCIL FOR HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION Awards for Women in the NT who have contributed to the development of Human Rights. In conjunction with International Women's Day, March9, the Northern Territory Council for Human Rights Education organized an Awards Night to recognize women in the Northern Territory who have …
Monday, 12 March 2012 12:37

LIFE AFTER BEING DEPUTY 2

Where the name Strawberry Hill came from I was not able to discover, but I had an interesting time getting there... it is a suburb south London near Twickenham about 8 miles from Hammersmith as the crow flies. The reason for the above trip was to visit the vice-chancellor of…
Sunday, 11 March 2012 09:18

MSC MOVIE CONNECTION 3

The 2002 feature film Black and White, directed by Craig Lahiff, was made about his case, and featured David Ngoombujarra as Max Stuart; Robert Carlyle as Stuart's lawyer David O'Sullivan; Charles Dance as the Crown Prosecutor Roderic Chamberlain; Kerry Fox as O'Sullivan's business partner Helen Devaney; Colin Friels as Father…
Friday, 09 March 2012 08:16

MSC SISTERS' JUBILEES

Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart Jubilees SR GORETTI EVANS - Golden SRS FLORIANE MELINZ and BENEDICT COOKE - Diamond 19th February 2012 It was a warm Sunday afternoon when families and friends from near and far gathered at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Deepdene, to celebrate jubilees of…
Thursday, 08 March 2012 07:24

OLSH FINAL VOWS

Cor Novum welcomed Sr. Toua Konono from Kiribati and Sr. Megan Donahue from Australia for a Preparation for Final Vows Program in December, 2011 - January, 2012. Both sisters, pictured in the photo below, made their Final Profession in February, 2012. Megan made her final vows at Bentleigh on Sunday,…
Fr Jim Littleton MSC continues his series of books on MSC history.  Prior to this book, he wrote on Palm Island. This time, Jim Littleton has worked as an editor rather than writer, although he does contribute a short chapter on Dr Rumble's work in the US.  A range of…
Sunday, 04 March 2012 09:07

COR NOVUM CHEVALIER FAMILY CALENDER

Something for your Bookmarks or Favourites file: Since January, the Cor Novum Website has been providing a calender on their news blog of some significant happenings in the life of the Chevalier Family each month. This is the list for March - the site and the blog are worth noting…
Saturday, 03 March 2012 09:46

MSC HEARTLAND 'PILGRIMAGE'

Eight school leaders from Downlands College accompanied by two staff members, Anne McAtomney and Tim Morrison came on a “pilgrimage” to the MSC heartland of Sydney and Douglas Park. They flew into Sydney and stayed overnight at the Resource Centre and visited the Monastery and Mission Office before heading off…
Friday, 02 March 2012 08:52

SILOAM, SPIRITUAL DIRECTION COURSE

In recent years, Fr Steve Dives MSC and Fr Dominic Gleeson MSC have spent a year participating in the Spiritual Direction course, Siloam, at the Heart of Life Centre, Box Hill, Melbourne, a ministry of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. In 2012, Fr Alo Lomere MSC (pictured) is studying…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 08:31

A SAINT FOR BOYS' TOWN?

Roscommon priest to be declared a “Servant of God” The man famous for the phrase, “There are no bad boys,” Father Edward Flanagan is to be declared a “Servant of God.” The Archdiocese of Omaha opens the cause for beatification of the founder of the famous Boys Town orphanage on…
Tuesday, 28 February 2012 08:52

MSC PACIFIC REGION, SUPERIOR

Fr Simon Mani appointed for a third term. SUVA, Fiji Islands Father Simon Mani msc, of the Fiji Islands, has been appointed by the General Council for a third term as Superior of the Pacific Region, commencing January 12th 2012.
Susan Richardson PBVM, director of the Heart of Life Centre, welcomed visitors and those participating in Siloam and other courses, on Sunday February 26th. The 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II (October 11th) was a focus, especially the universal call to holiness. Visitors gathered in the Centre chapel.…
Sunday, 26 February 2012 09:11

FEBRUARY 26TH, MSC PROFESSIONS ANNIVERSARY

February 26th was MSC Profession Day for many years - in what we might now call 'the good old days'. This year, Tony Bolt celebrates 60 years of profession. 50 years of profession: John Shallvey Keith Humphries Michael Reis Paul Jennings