“We love as Jesus loved.”
We are the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, or MSC from the Latin Missionarii Sacratissimi Cordis. We are an order of Roman Catholic priests and brothers founded by Fr. Jules Chevalier in 1854 in Issoudun, France. Our order is based on the spirituality of the Sacred Heart, focusing on building healthy relationships with God, self, and others. We believe that encountering God can transform lives and heal relationships. Our founder, Fr. Chevalier gave the MSC the motto “May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be loved everywhere.” Today, we also follow a mission statement, “we love as Jesus loved.”
As a missionary order, more than 1,900 MSCs have brought the Gospel to 54 countries, provided pastoral care to others in their spiritual journeys, fought for social justice and human rights, and served the poor, the alienated, and those without hope. We take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience as the members of a religious order.
We are 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.” Fr. Jules Chevalier, MSC Constitution 13
Often we have false images of God, which in turn causes 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 His image 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 transforming love by:
- Spreading the Gospel
- Responding to the needs of the poor, isolated, marginalized, or hopeless
- 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.
All MSC have different roles in our order. Some of our members serve parishes, hospitals, and prisons. Others conduct special retreat programs. Still others proclaim and live the compassion of the Sacred Heart by going to our missions overseas, most of which are in poor and developing nations. The United States Province of the MSC specially supports activities and missions in Colombia but also in other countries in the South Pacific, South Asia, and Africa.