2022

XV111 General Chapter 2022

Nemi, Rome       3 May -29 May

The theme: “Afire for God’s Mission in Today’s world.”               

“I came to bring fire on the earth and how I wish it was already.”     (Luke 12:49)

 
 

 

Australian Province Delegates pictured:

Sisters Rosalind Cairns, Mary Drum and Tess Veenker.

April 13 Emerging Futures Workshop

March 25

Feast of the Annunciation
Anniversary of Foundation MSC Sisters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Celebrating our Congregational Feast Day with Eucharist, praying for our troubled world. Joining us were members of staff and local MSC Community. Then, a shared lunch and time to be together and share our lives.

March 8

International Women’s Day

THIS year on International Women’s Day the global theme is: “Women in leadership: achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.

While celebrating women’s achievements, key strategies are a focus on awareness raising as well as taking action against gender bias.

#BreakTheBias.

Significant March Days for the Chevalier Family 2022

9 March, 1906
The first Superior General of the MSC Sisters is elected: Sister M. Franziska Fleige.

12 March, 1965
The first two German MSC Sisters leave Hiltrup, Germany, to establish a foundation in Korea. They arrive on the 24 March, 1965 and the next day, 25 March, 1965, is the Foundation Day of the Korean Mission of the MSC Sisters.

17 March, 1935
MSC Sisters and a Third Reich injustice story:

Mother M. Electa, Superior General of the MSC Sisters, and the Procurator General, Sr. M. Gerberga are arrested by the Gestapo in Hiltrup. They are falsely accused of trafficking foreign currencies by Joseph Goebbels, Minister of the Propaganda of the German Third Reich. Mother M. Electa will be released from prison one year later, on the 18 March, 1936.

20 March, 1886

Remembering that 2022 is the centenary of his death – Father Hubert Linckens, MSC, who becomes historical founder of the MSC Sisters,
is ordained at s’Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.

25 March, 1901
First Profession ceremony of 10 MSC Sisters in Hiltrup.

25 March, 1977
Foundation Day of the Indian Mission of the MSC Sisters.

 


Congregational Death Notice



Sr Floriane Melinz, MSC

Follow me.”   Mt. 4:19

Sr. Floriane MSC – Stephanie Melinz

Born:  10-11-1930 in Turbe, Croatia

First Profession:  3-2-1952

Entered Eternal Life:  23-2-2022 Kew, Vic

Sr.Floriane heard the Lord’s call while very young and it never left her heart. In spite of facing many difficulties throughout her life, she responded faithfully and strongly to whatever she believed the Lord was asking of her.

Floriane was born into a large and loving Catholic family in Croatia. When she was about ten years old, her parents made the enormous decision to flee their beautiful homeland because of the political changes which were bringing intense persecution to the Church. As refugees they travelled to Germany and were eventually housed in a Refugee Camp. Young Stephanie found the local Catholic Church and involved herself in the youth groups and visitation of the sick.

After the War, when at last the family had the opportunity to migrate to Australia, Floriane expressed her desire to remain in Germany and follow the ‘call’ she felt to be a Missionary and to serve in a Leper Colony. One can only imagine the sacrifice this entailed for her dear parents and family. Floriane was accepted as an aspirant at Hiltrup and her family left for their new country.

At the completion of her Novitiate, she had the joy of being sent to Papua New Guinea where she spent the next thirty-seven years. Her desire to work with Lepers was granted when she was sent to Anelaua. However, owing to some health issues which arose for her there, she was moved to Tapo. Later she served on the very remote Tanga Island and after at Bitokara and Ulamona. In each of these places she looked after the household needs which included cooking. Through the years she shared her many and practical talents with the local people. She had a special place in her heart for the Youth and explored many ways of engaging them in practical activities and in sport. Her dear family in Australia generously supported her projects through the years.

In 1992, while in Australia for a home visit and a Renewal Course, she became aware of a new ‘call’. It was to assist her family, all of whom now had young families of their own, in the care of their elderly mother. Permission was given and she spent the next few years in the midst of the family where she became the beloved Aunt of all her nieces and nephews. She officially joined the Australian Province in 1994.

It was following the death of her dear mother that Floriane moved to Melbourne. Here, with Sr. Theonatis, she responded to the need for Pastoral Care at the Aged Care Facility for German speaking people in the suburb of Bayswater. Once more her love, faithfulness and generosity were experienced by all with whom she came in contact. Residents, staff and local parishioners all came to love her.

Floriane eventually moved to the Hospitality House where her practical talents have again been shared with all who visit. She was a person of great inner strength, warm hospitality and generosity of spirit. One of her joys in these last years was tending her garden where, as someone remarked, she could encourage new life in the most needy of plants.

As time went on, the cancer, detected about five years ago, gradually took over. However, her inner strength, which was built on her very deep faith and her love of the Lord and his dear Mother, sustained her throughout. Her last few days were spent at Caritas Christi Hospice for the dying where, on Wednesday, just as the dawn began to light up the morning sky, she died peacefully.

We give thanks to God for this wonderful companion, and we thank her dear family for sharing her with our M.S.C. Congregation. May Floriane delight now in the company of the One who called to her – “Follow Me.”

“I am espoused to Him whom the Angels serve,
                                             Whom the moon and stars admire.”
   (Final Profession Liturgy)

On Thursday 10th March at 11.00 am we will gather at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Deepdene for Requiem Mass and then accompany Sr. Floriane to the Eltham Cemetery.

On behalf of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of the Australian Province,

 
  

Sr. Carmel Slattery, MSC

Date:  25th February, 2022


February 23

This morning, just as the sun arose, our dear Sr Floriane Melinz died peacefully, surrendering her life to God whom she loved so deeply and served so well.

Rest in Peace, Floriane.

 



February 3

70th Jubilee

Sr Benedict Cooke


Congratulations Benedict, praying with you.


February 3

70th Jubilee


With community Eucharist celebrated at Campbell Rd Balwyn Floriane celebrated her Jubilee.

Congratulations, Floriane, our prayer is with you.






February 2

Pope Francis' message to Women Religious:

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of February is for consecrated women. He has invited Catholics to pray for religious sisters and consecrated laywomen as we continue in our mission with courage, stating that the Church cannot be understood without us.

He challenged us to discern how best we can respond to the challenges of humanity, asking us particularly to engage with the poor, marginalized and all who are enslaved by traffickers. He also prayed for those who “show the beauty of God’s love and compassion” through their ministry as catechists, theologians and spiritual guides, even when encountering obstacles. “I invite them to fight when, in some cases, they are treated unfairly, even within the Church.”

“Thank you for who you are, what you do and how you do it. May you keep making God’s goodness known through the apostolic works you do. But above all through your witness of consecration.”

Significant February Days for the Chevalier Family 2022

 

2 February, 1892
The title of Saint Joseph “Friend of the Sacred Heart” is changed to “Saint Joseph, patron and model of those of love the Sacred Heart”.


5 February, 1900

Canonical Erection of the Congregation of MSC Sisters and approbation of the Statutes for five years.

 

25 February, 1875

The Vatican orders that, in future, all new images of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart must represent the Child Jesus on the arm of his mother, and not standing before her.



January 29

Birthday of Fr Hubert Linckens, Missionary of the Sacred Heart, historical Founder of Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Hiltrup, Germany in 1900.
This year marks the centenary of his death on October 5, 1922.

January 29

50th Jubilee
Sr Rosalind Cairns

On January 29th, Rosalind was Professed as a Missionary Sister of the Sacred Heart at Mary’s Mount, Balwyn. Over those years her life and ministry in education and later, in  the area of mental health, has bee both in Melbourne and Papua New Guinea. 

Congratulations Ros!

January 26

Australia Day 2022:

The theme for this year is : Reflect. Respect. Celebrate.

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council has issued a statement for Australia Day, adding a fourth verb to the Australia Day theme: Do.

The Council calls on us as Catholics to make Australia a country that more closely reflects our Christian beliefs of equality, respect and care for our poor and vulnerable by our action and commitment

“We ask that you make 2022 the year of ‘Do’.”

 

January 26

Sr Goretti Evans celebrated her 60th anniversary of Profession, held at Mary’s Mount, Balwyn. Owing to the emergence of the omicron variant of the Coronavirus infection, planned celebrations were unable to be held.

Goretti has spent her life in the care of the sick in nursing and hospital administration. She lives with an eye and heart of care for others. Congratulations, Goretti!

January 25

Sr Goretti Evans

Congratulation on your 80th birthday!

Love and blessings from us all.

As we take leave of Christmas and journey into the new year:


When the song of the angels is stilled,                                                                                              when the star in the sky is gone,                                                                                                      when the kings and princes are home,                                                                                            when the shepherds are back with their flock,                                                                                the work of Christmas begins:  to find the lost,to heal the broken, to feed the hungry, to release the prisoner, to rebuild the nations, to bring peace among the people, to make music in the heart.                                                                                                                                                                                                       – ‘The Work of Christmas’ by Howard Thurman

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Follow me.”   Mt. 4:19

 

Sr. Floriane MSC – Stephanie Melinz

Born:  10-11-1930 in Turbe, Croatia

First Profession:  3-2-1952

Entered Eternal Life:  23-2-2022 Kew, Vic

 

 

Sr.Floriane heard the Lord’s call while very young and it never left her heart. In spite of facing many difficulties throughout her life, she responded faithfully and strongly to whatever she believed the Lord was asking of her.

Floriane was born into a large and loving Catholic family in Croatia. When she was about ten years old, her parents made the enormous decision to flee their beautiful homeland because of the political changes which were bringing intense persecution to the Church. As refugees they travelled to Germany and were eventually housed in a Refugee Camp. Young Stephanie found the local Catholic Church and involved herself in the youth groups and visitation of the sick.

After the War, when at last the family had the opportunity to migrate to Australia, Floriane expressed her desire to remain in Germany and follow the ‘call’ she felt to be a Missionary and to serve in a Leper Colony. One can only imagine the sacrifice this entailed for her dear parents and family. Floriane was accepted as an aspirant at Hiltrup and her family left for their new country.

At the completion of her Novitiate, she had the joy of being sent to Papua New Guinea where she spent the next thirty-seven years. Her desire to work with Lepers was granted when she was sent to Anelaua. However, owing to some health issues which arose for her there, she was moved to Tapo. Later she served on the very remote Tanga Island and after at Bitokara and Ulamona. In each of these places she looked after the household needs which included cooking. Through the years she shared her many and practical talents with the local people. She had a special place in her heart for the Youth and explored many ways of engaging them in practical activities and in sport. Her dear family in Australia generously supported her projects through the years.

In 1992, while in Australia for a home visit and a Renewal Course, she became aware of a new ‘call’. It was to assist her family, all of whom now had young families of their own, in the care of their elderly mother. Permission was given and she spent the next few years in the midst of the family where she became the beloved Aunt of all her nieces and nephews. She officially joined the Australian Province in 1994.

It was following the death of her dear mother that Floriane moved to Melbourne. Here, with Sr. Theonatis, she responded to the need for Pastoral Care at the Aged Care Facility for German speaking people in the suburb of Bayswater. Once more her love, faithfulness and generosity were experienced by all with whom she came in contact. Residents, staff and local parishioners all came to love her.

Floriane eventually moved to the Hospitality House where her practical talents have again been shared with all who visit. She was a person of great inner strength, warm hospitality and generosity of spirit. One of her joys in these last years was tending her garden where, as someone remarked, she could encourage new life in the most needy of plants.

As time went on, the cancer, detected about five years ago, gradually took over. However, her inner strength, which was built on her very deep faith and her love of the Lord and his dear Mother, sustained her throughout. Her last few days were spent at Caritas Christi Hospice for the dying where, on Wednesday, just as the dawn began to light up the morning sky, she died peacefully.

We give thanks to God for this wonderful companion, and we thank her dear family for sharing her with our M.S.C. Congregation. May Floriane delight now in the company of the One who called to her – “Follow Me.”

“I am espoused to Him whom the Angels serve,
                                             Whom the moon and stars admire.”
   (Final Profession Liturgy)

On Thursday 10th March at 11.00 am we will gather at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Deepdene for Requiem Mass and then accompany Sr. Floriane to the Eltham Cemetery.

On behalf of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of the Australian Province,

 
  

 

 

Sr. Carmel Slattery, MSC

Date:  25th February, 2022

 

General Chapter 2022