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Clergy - Missionaries of the Sacred Heart

History
The Society of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart was founded on 8 December 1854 by Father Jules Chevalier at Issoudun, France. His ideal was to bring people to Christ through the preaching of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Father Jules Chevalier discovered in the Heart of Christ, the love and compassion of God for humankind. Motivated by his experience of God and a world in need, Chevalier felt urged to make this LOVE known to all people. He expressed this in our motto: "May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be loved everywhere”

MSC stands for Missionaries of the Sacred Heart from the Latin Missionarii Sacratissimi Cordis.

Father Joe belongs to the last group of members who knew someone who knew the founder.

Today
Shortly after its foundation, the Pope asked the Society to undertake foreign missionary work in Oceania (as it was then called). They first began work in Papua New Guinea in the 1860s.

Presently, the MSC congregation numbers around 3,000 Brothers and Priests working in over thirty countries, in all continents. The Society is divided into administrative areas called Provinces, with various provinces responsible for different areas of the world.

Our Sacred Heart and St William Parish comes under the Irish Province of the MSC society. The Irish province has around 240 members working in Ireland, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Texas, Venezuela, England and Russia performing a wide variety of ministries. Members are involved in Parishes, Retreat Work, Chaplaincies, Schools, Universities and Counselling.

The headquarters of the Anglo-Irish Province were formerly at Cork, but are now at Dublin. To find out more about their work please visit http://www.mscireland.com

To find out more about the other provinces and the work of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, please visit http://www.misacor.org

P.Jules Chevalier: the founder of the Congregation
P.Jules Chevalier: the founder of the Congregation
Working in the Provinces
Missionarii Sacratissimi Cordis
Missionarii Sacratissimi Cordis
     
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