Welcome to our website which aims to bring together the three branches of the Roman Catholic Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary (sscc), working in both Ireland and England. Our province/sector is part of a worldwide congregation consisting of priests, brothers, sisters and lay associates.
Not to be confused with other congregations of a similar name, the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts (plural) was founded in 1800 in Paris, France. Its charism is based on God's unconditional love for every human being, symbolised in the Sacred Heart of Jesus and echoed in the heart of Mary his mother.
In the Irish English Province we have communities in London, Dublin and the borders areas of Cavan/Monaghan involved in pastoral apostolates including parishes, schools, hospice and retreat work. Our sscc sisters are part of a Northern European sector or region and also have connections with France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
One of the best known members of our Congregation is St Damien, known as the leper priest of Molokai who selflessly gave his life to working with the outcasts of his time. He was canonised by Pope Benedict in 2009. His co-worker, a Franciscan sister named Sr Marianne Cope, was canonised by Pope Benedict in October 2012.
Today the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts continues to contemplate live and proclaim God's compassionate love in today's society.
January 23rd is the Feastday of Saint Marianne Cope: Many people know about St. Damien of Molokai, but fewer know about his co-worker in the Hawaiian leper colonies. St. Marianne Cope, pray for us! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marianne_Cope
The Holy Fathers prayer intentions for March:
General: Respect for Women: That all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women.
Missionary: That many young people may welcome Our Lord's call to give their lives to the proclamation of the Gospel.
Death of Two Great Missionaries:
I got more bad news tonight when I heard of Fabian Van Lieshout's (right in picture) death in Signapore aged 83. He passed away Jan. 22nd. He entered the novitiate in 1949 & was professed on Sept 24, 1950 in Nieuw-Ginneken (Holland). He was ordained priest in Holland on Sept 4, 1955. From the 1950's to the 1980's he worked as a missionary in England, was a member of the Anglo-Irish Province before deciding to transfer to Signapore where he has faithfully served for almost 30 yrs. as a member of the Indonesian Province.
Just last week I received the news of the death of another SSCC Dutchman Jose Martens, aged 81, (Photo left) who died in Mozambique on Jan 11th. having spent most of his life as a missionary in that country. Jef was born in Meerssen on Aug 8, 1933. He made first profession on Sept 24, 1954 and was ordained a priest on Sept 6, 1959. His spent his life in Africa (in Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia), with a break of several years in Portugal.
Both these men were great influences on my life; Fabian in the guidance he gave through his lifestyle and holiness as my PP, when I was still a young priest, just two years ordained. And Jeff, for the guidance he gave to me through his dedication to the poor and the Mozambican people, while I was still as a raw missionary, testing the waters of missionary life. May God have mercy on their souls.
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