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Become a Missionary or Lay Missionary of the Sacred Heart

More than ever, what the world needs now are men and women who can be missionaries of God’s compassion, kindness, gentleness, and healing love.  Do you feel a calling to do more with your life or that God is asking you to trust Him with your life? Whether you feel called to be a religious (a priest or brother) or lay missionary, we invite you to join our congregation. Through all of our actions and words, we seek to promote healthy relationships with self, others, and God; to reach out to the isolated, the marginalized, and the poor; and to proclaim God’s love to the world. Walk with us as we follow the Way of the Heart.


Be on Earth the Heart of Christ

Being a Missionary of the Sacred Heart is about living a life of love and service with the support of a community who is also striving each day to follow the Way of the Heart. As an MSC, it is not your ministry that defines you, but rather your approach to life that defines your ministry.

Now more than ever, the world needs men and women dedicated to being missionaries of God’s compassion, kindness, gentleness, and healing love; men and women dedicated to being a new heart for a new world. Now more than ever, the world needs the transformative Spirituality of the Heart, for as our Founder, Fr.  Chevalier, said “…and from that pierced heart, I see a new world emerging.” We invite you to join us, walking with us as we follow the Way of the Heart and strive to be on earth the Heart of Christ.

If you are interested in pursuing a vocation with the MSC, contact Fr. Joseph Kanimea at

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Religious Sister, please contact our sister congregations. Together, the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, and the Lay Missionaries of these three congregations make up the Chevalier Family, named after our founder, Fr. Jules Chevalier.

Discernment Process

Listening to and following Christ is always an adventure. You never know where you’re going, but you know you’re on the right track. Jesus said, “Go to the ends of the earth. Proclaim the Good News!” We take these words to heart and are willing to go wherever the Spirit leads us. We may have to give up family, health and even our own lives in order to accomplish this mission, but there is no greater love.


Discernment is a process of discovering Gods will in our lives. It can be done with a spiritual director or as a group process. To help you in your process we offer spiritual direction in our different parish communities.

“Come and See” Experience

The “Come and See” experience is one that is designed to help young men who are interested in “trying-on” religious life for a weekend during the school year or one of the programs we offer in the summer. A team of MSC religious and other trained lay-ministers accompany those who are interested in a concentrated experience of the MSC. The experience includes prayer, liturgies, faith sharing, group dynamics, input sessions on the history of religious life, the history of the MSC, witness-talks by missionaries and much more. The 2015 programs will be announced shortly. For more information, please contact Fr. Joseph Kanimea, MSC, at


After an initial discernment process with the vocation director, the aspirancy program begins with a candidate living in the MSC formation house in Chicago with peers and under the guidance of a formation director. During this period, he lives community life and continues to discern. He continues to learn about the vowed life and charism of the MSC and participate in ministry. Besides daily prayer and Mass, there are also retreat days and formation days. Later, the process continues in the Pre-Novitiate program, Novitiate, and Post-Novitiate formation.

Priesthood and Brotherhood

MSC brothers and priests, share the same consecrated/vowed life in service to others. A brother is called by God to live in community and serve the Church in a unique way where he uses the talents that God has given him to work in our missions, projects, and ministries. An MSC brother can work in all the ministries that our congregation is involved in except for those that require ordination. Some of the ministries that MSC brothers are currently involved in include: Formation of Religious; education; the promotion of peace, justice, and integrity of all creation; Native American ministry; hospital ministry, and social service programs. An MSC priest also lives in community and serves the Church in a variety of ministries but also exercises sacramental ministry.

MSC Vows

Every MSC professes the Vows of Obedience, Celibacy, and Poverty as a radical service to people’s genuine aspirations and struggle for full humanity and the coming of the Kingdom of God.

1. Vow of Obedience

Obedience is the total availability to the Father to whom all authority is subject. Through obedience we surrender ourselves to the will of the Father to live a life committed to service. In this spirit, assignments and all forms of apostolate initiated by members are to be considered in dialogue with the Superior and the community. This process helps us to discern the will of the Father and to accept the decision that follows.

2. Vow of Celibacy

Consecrated celibacy is an emphatic sign that we have been created “for others”, not just for ourselves. Our first love is the Lord and we freely renounce a life partner in order to love and serve others.

3. Vow of Poverty

Poverty as a biblical value (seen in the context of the anawim) is a protest against the obsession to have more for the sake of wealth, power and prestige. We opt for this biblical poverty as a way of life.