Who we are

Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, an Australian community, in a worldwide religious congregation.

Ministry Mission

Jesus loved with a human heart: with him we proclaim his love to the world.

Peace, Justice, Creation

We work to discover through advocacy, healing and reconciliation, God's presence in our world.

Spirituality

We are to be on earth the heart of God. God has no other heart but ours.


2011 OPENING
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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 had been investigating the possibility for a centre of spirituality, given the number of religious orders who had their houses of study in Melbourne. The centre has offered many seminars over the decades but specialises in training programs in spirituality and spiritual direction.

Read more: HEART OF LIFE SPIRITUALITY CENTRE

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THE ROAD FROM MELBOURNE TO ROME, A PILGRIM WAY                                                                                                                                                      

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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 and St Paul, the 50th anniversary of his ordination. This site will post some reports of his journey.

 

Read more: VIA FRANCIGENA

The MSC General Administration have published membership statistics for 2010.

The statistics below are for membership of Provinces and Unions.

 

Australia                                                                    ...

Read more: MSC STATISTICS 2010


MASS FOR THE OPENING OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR
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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 Melbourne, Les Tomlinson, who presided, the faculty, students and guests. In acknowledging the current tragedies in Japan and Libya, Patrick noted the wide diversity of nations represented by the students at YTU.

Read more: YARRA THEOLOGICAL UNION

Noel Mansfield MSC has published a third book in his series of Sunday Reflections, Cycle A for the current year's readings.

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Copies can be obtained from Nelen Yubu Productions, Kensington, NSW.

Phone (02) 9315 2231

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Read more: MSC WRITINGS


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MATTER OF CHURCH AND STATE

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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 of his students to...

Read more: PREMIER COLLEGES AND PREMIERS

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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, he joined the...

Read more: IN MEMORIAM: JAMES LESLIE MSC


ROME, Italy, MSC Generalate
This year the Generalate community has warmly welcomed two new members.
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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...

Read more: MSC GENERALATE STAFF

 

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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 Reflection.

 

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Read more: LENTEN REFLECTION: THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS


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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...

Read more: SOLIDARITY WITH SUFFERING JAPAN

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 United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva issued a statement on the requirement of religious freedom that is especially pertinent in light of the assassination March 1 of Pakistani Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti. Archbishop Silvano points out: "Religious strife is a danger to social, political, and economic development. Religious conflict polarizes society, breaking the bonds necessary for social life and commerce to flourish".

He also suggested that: The Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion could be invited regularly to include information on persecution of religious groups. It would be helpful if the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner of Human Rights were to monitor the situation of governmental and societal restrictions on religious freedom and report annually to the Human Rights Council.

Posted by Jim McDonnell (SIGNIS)

 

Read more: PAKISTAN ASSASSINATION AND RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE