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An MSC (Missionaries of the Sacred Heart) Parish

Despite being part of the Diocese of Westminster, the parish of Ss Alban & Stephen is one of the few which are served by priests from outside the diocese - in our case, by priests from the Order of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. Ss Alban & Stephen parish has been served by priests and Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) since 1899, and is currently one of six in England served by the Irish Province of the MSC.

Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) The MSC (from the Latin "Missionarii Sacritissimi Cordis") are an international community of priests and brothers within the Roman Catholic Church who witness in the world the compassion and generosity of God. The MSC congregation was founded in France in 1854 by Jules Chevalier who gathered together a small group of like-minded men to form the first MSC community at Issoudun. Presently the MSC is around 2,500 strong and is working in over forty countries in all continents.

MSC Corner  If you have time after Mass, please visit the MSC corner at the back of Church, next to the Statue of St Antony.   There's plenty of information about the Order, about Issoudon and pilgrimages to Issoudon, as well as copies of the periodical "MSC Messenger"

Pilgrimages to Issoudon (September 2002) - Fr Michael FitzGibbon, the then Parish Priest at Ss Alban & Stephen led a pilgrimage to Issoudun, visiting Lisieux, Chartres, Bruges, Nevers, Paray le Monial, Taize & Paris – all in eight days!  The retreat team at Issoudon gave an introduction to the life and spirituality of the founder, Jules Chevalier, whose vision was that everyone should experience the love of the Heart of Christ.  “May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be everywhere loved”.  

Past Priests - We're blessed in this parish to be supported by the priests of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.  Shortages of priests is not a new thing, and for this very reason, in 1899, the then Cardinal of Westminster, Cardinal Vaughan, invited the MSC priests to help out. They've been part of our community ever since!   There isn't room to list them all here, but click here for a snapshot of the more recent priests

Vocations - Missionaries of the Sacred Heart  The MSC are an international group of men who belong to a religious society pledged to sharing God’s love with people everywhere. Today we need more missionaries who will continue to proclaim the message of God’s love to people throughout the world. If you would like more information email vocations@mscireland.com or  complete the coupon below and send to Fr. Joe McGee, 8 St John Street, Tamworth, Staffs, B79 7EX.


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