Who We Are
The Society of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) is an international community of religious priests and brothers who believe that nothing is more important than the saving power of God's love. The initials M.S.C. come from the Latin: Missionarii Sacratissimi Cordis.
MSCs have been ministering in the Pacific since the 1800's and this work continues to grow today.
The Congregation of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) was founded in France in the year 1854 by Fr Jules Chevalier. His motto was "to make the Sacred Heart of Jesus loved everywhere". With his vision for a better and peaceful world men and women of the Chevalier family work in more than 60 countries of the world. The MSCs in the Pacific work in Kiribati, Fiji, Nauru, Samoa, Marshal Islands, Chuuk (Federated States of Micronesia) and Wallis & Futuna. What's known as the Province of the Pacific Islands is very complex and unique in the Congregation. It is geographically very scattered and culturally diverse, but the love of the Sacred Heart unites all the MSCs from these small island nations with a common vision, "to be on earth the Heart of God".
With our limited resources and complexity, we share with our Founder the confidence and the desire to reach out to all people everywhere.
Fr Jules Chevalier's letter to Cardinal Simeoni accepting the mission to Micronesia and Melanesia
Following the example of Mary, in all simplicity we have made known our obvious inadequacy, our well-founded misgivings.
Since, despite this honest admission, you are saying to us, as the Angel did, “Fear nothing; accept the offer which is made to you, the Spirit of God will be with you, the power of the Most High will overshadow you,” respectfully we submit, and our humble Congregation answers with the Virgin of Nazareth: “Behold the servant of the Lord, let what you have said be done to me.” And with Saint Peter:
“At your word, I shall cast the net.”
Fr Jules Chevalier msc, 1881.