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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
Friday, 24 February 2012 16:39

ROME MEETINGS ON SEXUAL ABUSE

    During February  Rome figured in the news for two reasons. Firstly remnants of snow on the ground for more than thirteen successive days and more importantly the first Symposium ever hosted in Rome that was open to the Episcopal Conferences of the world on the sexual abuse of…
Friday, 24 February 2012 09:21

PACIFIC UNION PROFESSIONS

On the 25th of January, 2012, Tokabwebwe Kiaman, Kiaben Tetoa and Sosefo Vikena made their first profession at Wainadoi, Fiji Islands. Fr Simon Mani, the Superior of the Pacific Union received their vows which was witnessed by Br Tirikai Maborau and Fr Keleto Lemo. The newly professed are now first…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 10:49

ASH WEDNESDAY

A visual reflection, courtesy of SIGNIS, Malaysia.
Tuesday, 21 February 2012 18:02

LIFE AFTER BEING DEPUTY

Paul Cashen MSC has finished his term as Deputy Provincial.  He writes from London where he is staying at the MSC parish in St Albans.
Lourdes: baths to be moved Sunday, February 19th, 2012 The retiring bishop of Lourdes announced last month that the baths in Lourdes in south western France are to be moved from the crowded building beside the grotto, to a field across the river from the apparition site known as the…
New Monthly Mass at Erskineville The ACM Sydney is excited to announce that commencing in February 2012 there will be a monthly Mass at St Mary's Erskineville. This in addition to the one held at the Reconciliation Church at La Perouse. Earlier this year we held some forums to listen and…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:20

MISC MINISTRY COLOMBIA

A Christmas Experience From the US MSC Website, Monday, 13 February 2012 “They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks” (Isaiah 2:4) It was around 5:30 pm on December 20, 2011. I had just arrived from celebrating Mass in Cajibio (Cauca), and was preparing to…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:14

MSC MINISTRY IN cOLOMBIA

A Christmas Experience Monday, 13 February 2012 From the MSC US Website “They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks” (Isaiah 2:4) It was around 5:30 pm on December 20, 2011. I had just arrived from celebrating Mass in Cajibio (Cauca), and was preparing to…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:05

FILM AND FAITH BOOKS

Further to the previous news item on the workshops:  CFA has published five books annually on Film and Faith (pictured). They are available from CFA.  The titles are: Film and Faith, Film Faith and the Church, Spirituality in Filipino Cinema, Film and Sacraments, Film and Mary.
Since January 2007, CFA, the Communication Foundation for Asia, the MSC flagship for Media Ministry, has conducted an annual workshop on Film and Faith.  2012 saw the 6th workshop.  After Faith and Sacraments in 2011, the theme for 2012 was Film and Mary.  In Manila, there were two days on…
Monday, 13 February 2012 21:14

Nightcliff Requiem for Ken Gallagher MSC

Roy O'Neill MSC writes from Darwin that a Reqiem Mass was celebrated at St Paul's Nightcliff for Ken Gallagher MSC for those who knew Ken in the NT.  (Pciture by Pat O'Brien(
Monday, 13 February 2012 00:04

LIFE'S HEALING JOURNEY

New Book - Life’s Healing Journey: A Path to Peace US Province Website 03 February 2012 Fr. Peter Campbell’s book, Life’s Healing Journey: A Path to Peace, is now available for online purchase. Fr. Peter is the co-founder of Life’s Healing Journey Retreats, a series of retreats that offers a…
Tuesday, 07 February 2012 10:26

RIP BROTHER KEN GALLAGHER MSC

Br Ken Gallagher MSC,  died in Sydney, 6th Feburary 2012 after being admitted to hospital earlier in the day. He had been suffering from pneumonia. He would have been 80 on May 14th. He made his first vows on February 26th, 1964. For many years he was the Business Manager…
Sunday, 05 February 2012 19:48

FROM BANGALORE TO RANDWICK

Indian Union bids farewell to P. Prasad Rao Chinthakunta, MSC BANGALORE, India Fr. Prasad was ordained a priest in 2006. After one year of experience in a parish in Andra Pradesh, he was sent to Pune for a year long course on formation. Ever since he has been into formation…
Friday, 03 February 2012 18:50

SISTER RITA GRUNKE FDNSC AND THE SUDAN

Robin Williams of the Brisbane Catholic Leader conducted an interview with Sr Rita Grunke FDNSC. ONE of the first things Daughter of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Sister Rita Grunke will do when she arrives back in South Sudan is find a village that needs a water well. Sr…
Friday, 03 February 2012 17:43

RIP FR PETER FULTON

Fr Peter Fulton, of the archdiocese of Melbourne, has died in the Austin Hospital, February 3rd 2012. Peter Fulton volunteered for the Melbourne Overseas Mission and went to the diocese of Kerema in 1977.  The bishops of the diocese have included Virgil Copas MSC and Paul Marx MSC. In a…
From the CFA, Communication Foundation for Asia (the MSC media ministry flagship in Manila) Website Social Media Workshop for Asian Bishops    With bishops, priests, lay and religious leaders from ten Asian countries as participants, CFA’s popular Social Media workshop took place in Hualien, Taiwan on November 14-19, 2011. The…
Sunday, 29 January 2012 12:07

CFA BOARD MEMBER WINS FESTIVAL AWARD

Member of the Board of the MSC media centre in Manila, the Communication Foundation for Asia, Doy del Mondo Jr, has won the prize for best fiction feature in the Spirituality section of the 12 th Dhaka International Film Festival held in Bangladesh, January 12-20th. His film, Flight of an…
Saturday, 28 January 2012 23:07

AUSTRALIA MEDAL: PAT WALSH

Pat Walsh has been awarded the Australia Medal, AM, in the Australia Day Honours' List.  He has been acknowledged for his continuous commitment to the cause of East Timor, especially independence and, since then, in development. For several years, Pat was an MSC priest and taught at Monivae College, Hamilton.…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 20:52

MSC RELIEF WORK, COLUMBIA FLOODS

Bringing Food to Victims of Flooding in Colombia Tuesday, 24 January 2012  In the past couple of months, more than half a million peoples’ homes have been flooded due to heavy rains, and in Bogotá alone, more than 45,000 people have been displaced. Thanks to the collaboration of the Colombian…
Saturday, 21 January 2012 13:12

MSC MOVIE CONNECTION 2

Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, 1996. The first MSC movie connection (on site last November) was also a Baz Luhrmann film, Australia (2008) which drew on the MSC experience of Melville Island, fictionalising it, as well as drawing on the messages to Darwin of the Japanese planes approaching.  The film…
Thursday, 19 January 2012 13:41

RIP FR FREDERICK ROSS MSC

Fr Fred Ross MSC has died in Sydney, 19th January, 2012.  He had suffered a stroke and was in the Palliative Care Unit at the Prince of Wales Hospital. He would have turned 86 in February. He made his first vows in 1950 and was ordained in 1954.  After many…