Amanda Hudson, an editor for the Diocese of Rockford’s newspaper The Observer wrote about the Lay MSC Missioning Ceremony that took place earlier in December. Read a short except below!
AURORA—The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart held a ‘missioning’ for just over a dozen men and women at the MSC headquarters on Dec. 8 – the feast of the Immaculate Conception, which is the date the MSC was founded by Father Jules Chevalier in France in 1854.
A total of 15 laity recently completed a two-year formation program, meeting monthly in separate classes for English and for Spanish speakers.
The classes “focused a lot on spirituality of the heart,” says Richard Salazar of St. Mary Parish in DeKalb. Other topics explored included what it means to be the heart of Christ for others, solidarity with the poor and service to the poor, along with surrendering and doing God’s will, he says.
Salazar’s wife, Marlene, also was missioned at the evening Mass. She notes that she once had prayed to marry a missionary man. Now her prayer is being answered, she says, along with her own calling.
This article is shared with permission from The Observer. To read the entire article, visit The Oberver’s web page here. If you are interested in becoming a Lay MSC, please click here to email Grace Delgado and learn more about the formation program.