|Clergy - Missionaries of
the Sacred Heart
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.
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
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
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