MSC order to celebrate 100 years of service
The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, one of the largest religious orders in Australia, will tomorrow mark its the centenary of its local presence with celebrations at its Kensington, Sydney, heartland.
A statement released yesterday indicates that the centenary will be marked by Mass and luncheon for more than 600.
Cardinal Clancy, retired Archbishop of Sydney, will join Provincial Superior of the MSC's, Fr Tim Brennan MSC in celebrating the Mass. Governor of New South Wales, Professor Marie Bashir AC will address the luncheon and Sir Gerard Brennan, retired Chief Justice of the High Court and former student of MSC College, Downlands, Toowoomba, will deliver the keynote address.
In attendance will be priests and brothers of the MSC order and members of their families; lay people who have a strong association with the spirituality of the founder, Fr Jules Chevalier MSC; parishioners and co-workers; as well as leaders from other religious orders and parishes across Sydney (or NSW).
The first French MSC came to Australia in 1885, establishing a base at Botany, followed by Randwick and Kensington Monastery. Today, there are over 200 priests and brothers in the Australian province.
Since the founding of the province in 1905, MSC priests and brothers have been involved in parishes, especially in areas with large Aboriginal populations, schools and colleges, media, chaplaincies, running retreats and spirituality centres, mission and justice offices, as well as supporting overseas communities.
The oldest MSC brother still living was born in 1906, one year after the foundation of the province. Br John Pye currently resides in a nursing home in Darwin, and celebrated 75 years as a Brother in October this year!.
100 Years of Service celebrated by MSC Order (Missionaries of the Sacred Heart 8/12/05)
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Missionaries of the Sacred Heart
9 Dec 2005