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.


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


March 12th, Centenary of Canberra


The drive to the ceremony


King O'Malley hits the first peg.


While Canberra is 100 years old, the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart have contributed to over half a century of the city's history.


In 1960, a house of studies was opened along the Federal Highway at the northern entrance to the ACT. It served as a philosophy seminary and for students at the Australian National University. It closed as a seminary at the end of 1973 when all students went to Melbourne for studies at the Yarra Theological Union.

From 1974 to 1982, it was a conference centre. It was bought by Youth With a Mission.


Daramalan College opened in 1962 and built up its number of students with the development of the Wyndham Scheme, reaching its ful complement in 1967. The College also had senior primary classes. It was a college for boys but later became co-educational. Many thousands of students have been at the college over its 50 years and more.


In 1972, the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart opened a new parish, St John's Kippax.  They continue to staff the parish.

And Canberra continues...