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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…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 05:15

ABORIGINAL CATHOLIC MINISTRY, SYDNEY

Graeme Mundine. In the 1990s, indigenous Catholics from inner city suburbs such as Redfern, Waterloo, Alexandria and Newtown helped keep the community's two churches full. St Vincent's, just up the road from The Block in Redfern, became synonymous with the indigenous outreach of Father Ted Kennedy, whose departure in 2002…
Sunday, 15 January 2012 13:53

CENTENARY OF ARCHBISHOP NAVARRE MSC

January 16th is the centenary of the death of pioneer MSC missionary Archbishop Louis Andre Navarre. Here are reports of his death and funeral from The Townsville Daily Bulletin of the time. ARCHBISHOP LOUIS NAVARRE Missionary of the Sacred Heart Died Townsville, Tuesday 16th January 1912. Reports in the “Townsville…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 17:51

SILVER JUBILEE: PETER HUAN MSC

Fr Peter Huan MSC celebrates the Silver Jubilee of his religious profession, 10th January, 1987 - January 10th, 2012.Peter Huan arrived from Vietnam where he done some theological studies.  He experienced the refugee boat travel to Australia. After his ordination, he worked amongst aboriginal people in the Northern Territory, then…
Monday, 09 January 2012 18:04

SILVER JUBILEE: PAUL BOWEN MSC

Brother Paul Bowen MSC celebrates his Silver Jubilee of profession, 10th January 1987 - 10th January 2012. He has worked in many parts of Papua New Guinea and Kiribati as well as in communities in Australia.  He is presently stationed at Sacred Heart Monastery, Kensington.
Sunday, 08 January 2012 10:39

FDNSC JUBILEES 2012

Sisters Pat Smith and Fiona McKee FDNSC Several Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart celebrated Jubilees on January 6th, 2012: Sister Benedicta Carroll, 70 years of profession; Sisters Annette Henschke and Duchesne Lavin, 60 years and Sisters Fiona McKee and Pat Smith, 50 years. Celebrations were held in…
Friday, 06 January 2012 07:26

PARISH PRIESTS 2012

2012 sees changes in some MSC parishes. Fr Gerard McCormick MSC moves to Kippax, ACT.  He has just completed a term at Camp Hill in Brisbane.  Gerard has served at Monivae College, St Paul's National Seminary and, while at Narabeen, part of the liturgical team of Broken Bay diocese.  His…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 10:47

THE PALM ISLANDS: MSC MINISTRY

Fr Jim Littleton MSC continues his booklets on facets of MSC history. The focus here is the Palm Islands off the Townsville coast and the MSC presence during the 1930s and 1950s. The diocese of Townsville took on the responsibility of Palm Island in 1950. One of the interesting features…
Tuesday, 03 January 2012 09:57

JUSTICE AND PEACE: 2012 MSC ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

·On November 22nd 2011, there was a conference/discussion amongst members of the Chevalier Family focusing on Justice and Peace commitment.  Following the resolutions of the Provincial Chapter of 2010, these acknowledgements were stated:      We acknowledge that as MSC was have a responsibility as individuals and as a Province…
Sunday, 01 January 2012 09:24

2012

A New Year greeting for blessings in 2012 to all visitors to this site.   By mid-year, we hope to have not only revamped this site, but will have created a new site with the domain, MSC Australia.   If you have any suggestions or questions, they would be much…
In November 2011, the Little Sisters of the Poor celebrated 125 years of service to the elderly in Sydney.  Most of that time has been at Randwick.  A number of Missionaries of the Sacred Heart have been cared for by the sisters.  A number of MSCs have served as chaplains,…
On Wednesday December 21st, the community of the Sacred Heart Monastery, Kensington, gathered to thank the outgoing community leader, Brother Peter Harvey-Jackson MSC, who has spent most of the last decade at the service of the community.  He will move to the MSC community in Willoughby, a house for initial…
Monday, 26 December 2011 23:57

RIP: FR MAKATO MAKINO MSC

Fr John Bosco Makoto Makino MSC has died on Christmas Day 2011. He would have been 70 at the end of January. Makino was one of two Japanese Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.  With Fr Sadami Takayama MSC, he made his first profession in November 1979.  He was ordained on…
Saturday, 24 December 2011 16:14

CHRISTMAS 2011

TO ALL WHO VISIT THIS MSC SITE, BLESSINGS OF PEACE EVERYWHERE ON EARTH FOR CHRISTMAS 2011. This statue is in the Pastoral Centre in Ho Chi Minh City.  An Asian Jesus who is an interfaith sign for peace for all people, beyond faith and no faith. The Australian Bishops have…
Saturday, 24 December 2011 09:40

FR TOM HEWITT MSC

Fr. Tom Hewitt Celebrates Graduation Congratulations to Fr. Tom Hewitt MSC who received an MA in Comparative Religions with distinction from Heythrop College, London. Tom was presented with his Certificate on Wednesday 14th December 2011. As part of Tom's studies he spent a number of weeks in India at the…
John Ribat MSC Papua New Guinea's influential Catholic Church is the latest group to call on Sir Michael Somare to resign, ABC Radio Australia reports. The veteran politician continues to insist that he is the legal leader of the country, with the backing of a ruling from the Supreme Court.…
Friday, 23 December 2011 07:07

CAUSE OF JULES CHEVALIER

Fr Pierre Bally, Fr Jean Jules Chassem, Archbishop Armand Maillard, Fr Raymond Dossmann. During the morning and afternoon, Fathers Jean Jules CHASSEM, Postulator, Raymond DOSSMANN and Pierre BALLY, Vice Postulators, prepared for the meeting with the members of the Diocesan Tribunal of Bourges’ Diocese, where God’s Servant, Jules Chevalier, had…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 20:19

DENNIS MURPHY MSC: 60th ANNIVERSARY OF ORDINATION

“Our congratulations to Dennis Murphy who will celebrate 60 years of Priesthood on the 22nd December. While Dennis is officially a member of the Indian Union he is also an important part of the spirit and history of the Australian Province and of the International community of MSC. Dennis’ insights…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 10:40

CENTENARY: ST BRIGID'S PARISH, COOGEE

The last weekend in November 2011 saw centenary celebrations for the parish of Coogee and the ministry of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart,  Bishop Terry Brady, an auxiliary bishop of Sydney, presided at the liturgical celebration.  Fr Terry Bowman MSC is the present parish priest. In 1911 Cardinal Patrick…
Monday, 19 December 2011 23:11

PATRICK MARA MSC: FINAL PROFESSION

On Sunday, December 18th, Patrick Mara MSC made his final vows at St Thomas' Church, Willoughby where he spent his pre-novitiate year. Patrick, with his parents, John and Louise, cutting the Profession cake. John Mulrooney MSC, Provincial Superior who received Patrick's vows, addressed his homily to Patrick: Well, Patrick, another…
Monday, 19 December 2011 09:16

MSC FIRST PROFESSIONS

Krish Jon Mathavan MSC and Iokimi (Kimi) Vunivesilevu MSC made their first vows as Missionaries of the Sacred Heart at Douglas Park on Saturday December 17th.  Provincial Superior, John Mulrooney MSC, received their vows.  Their Novice Director, Chris McPhee MSC, completes his term in this role and moves to Rome…
Friday, 16 December 2011 20:38

THREE INDIAN MSCs ORDAINED DEACONS

BANGALORE, India On December 8, three Indian MSCs, Alexander Kulandai Samy, Jaya Kumar Raju Pasala and Charly Mitta were ordained deacons at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church by Msgr. Ignatius Pinto, the Archbishop Emiritus of Bangalore. During the Eucharistic celebration concelebrated by many MSC priests and guest…
Thursday, 15 December 2011 07:09

MSC CHAPLAIN: FROM FIJI TO THE US

Fr. Ioane Sigarara MSC Sworn In as an Officer During Mass on December 8, 2011 (the Feast of the Immaculate Conception), Fr. Ioane Sigarara, MSC was sworn in as an officer (captain) in the US Army. Fr. Ioane is a Missionary of the Sacred Heart from Fiji who has been…