Who are the MSC’s?
The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) is an apostolic congregation of the Catholic Church. Since our founding in Issoudun, France, in 1854 by Fr. Jules Chevalier, we have spread the Gospel to 54 countries, accompanying others in their spiritual journeys, working for social justice/human rights, and serving the poor who are alienated and often without hope.
The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. All contributions to the MSC and/or related programs are tax-deductible.
“The spirit of our Congregation is made of love and kindness, humility and simplicity; but above all, it is a spirit of love for justice and concern for the welfare of all, specially the poorest ones.” MSC Constitution 13
The MSC are founded on the Spirituality of the Heart. This spirituality focuses on building healthy relationships with God, self, and others. Often we have false images of God, which in turn cause us to suffer hurts, disillusionment and despair. Sacred Heart spirituality opens our hearts, enabling us to experience the true God who loves us with a human heart and shows us the way to discover God in ourselves, in others, and in all creation. This experience forgives, heals, and transforms our hearts and empowers us to also love with a truly free and open human heart.
Through the Spirituality of the Heart, we work to serve the global community and to help others experience God’s healing and compassionate love by:
- Spreading the Gospel
- Responding to the needs of those who are poor, isolated, marginalized or without hope
- Promoting human development and compassion, building and modeling healthy relationships and promoting Catholic social teachings
- Encouraging lay leadership in the Church and involvement in our missions and spirituality.
The ways in which we carry out our mission vary depending on location and circumstances. Some of our members work to deepen appreciation for God’s love here at home by serving parishes, hospitals, and prisons. Others conduct special retreat programs that help people find healing, love, and joy by releasing past hurts, losses and disappointments and more fully accepting God’s love. Still others proclaim and live the compassion of the Sacred Heart by going to missions overseas. The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart are active in 54 countries, most of which are poor and developing nations. The USA Province of the MSC supports activities and missions in Colombia (South America) and in countries in the South Pacific, South Asia and Africa.