Who are MSC Lay Associates

The MSC Lay Associates are Catholic lay persons who share in the spirituality, charism and mission of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. They live this out in their lives precisely as laymen and laywomen. If possible they live in constant contact or communication with the MSC community. 

Inspired by the Heart of Jesus they strive to share the Good News to others everywhere, to journey together in faith and in the struggles of today's world, to read the Scriptures and pray together, and to discover new forms of mission as lay people.

In line with the spirit of the MSC Provincial Council of Papua New Guinea, they will strive to help bring about the Church to the poor, the needy and the marginalized.

This Association draws its inspiration from the charism of Father Jules Chevalier, a diocesan priest who founded the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart at Issoudun in France in 1854. He was appalled by the religious indifference of the people of his time. He saw a remedy for this, and for the social evils of the day, in devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The charism of any religious congregation is a gift to the church. Part of the MSC charism is the vision of the Founder to have an Association of Lay People closely united with the vowed members in their spirituality and mission. Thus the 1877 Constitutions state:

Our Society will endeavour,
with special zeal,
to bring together religious minded people of both sexes,
who are devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
in a group under this name of this same Heart.

Members of the MSC Association endeavour to share this spirituality and mission. By reason of baptism, every Christian is called to participate in the mission of the Church to establish the reign of God based on justice, love and peace. Lay people do this as men and women of the world at the heart of the Church  who are more emmersed in the heart of society. Lay MSC along with vowed MSC draw their inspiration for doing this from the compassionate love of God, revealed to us in the Heart of Jesus.