The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart USA Province host several events each year, in various locations around the country. We hope you will join us at our next event. Please see information to the right. We also hope you'll enjoy the information and pictures below from previous events.
On Sunday, April 21, the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart held their 42nd Annual Dinner Dance at Gaslite Manor Courtyard West in Aurora, IL. This year's dinner dance benefited our Life's Healing Journey retreat ministry and honored Fr. Peter Campbell, MSC, co-founder of Life's Healing Journey.
There was a great response to pay tribute to LHJ and many team members. The highlight for me was the presence of team members that were active years ago. It was so great to see them again.
Fr. Ray Diesbourg did his usual great job as master of ceremonies. He gave a wonderful homily at the beginning Mass for the celebration. I single out Grace Delgado out as the highlight of the evening. I appreciate all the hard work she does for LHJ.
LHJ is trying to reach out to the Latino community and gives programs in Spanish. I saw their appreciation in the great number that came to the fundraiser.
Personally, I was overwhelmed by the response of LHJ team members and their appreciation of my work. I promoted this evening as a fundraiser for LHJ. I seldom mentioned that I would be the honored guest. The response of the LHJ team almost gave me the impression it was Peter’s party. It was great fun.
My thanks to the committee and the great work they did. The evening was well organized and flowed well.
Fr. Peter E. Campbell, MSC
27th Annual Golf Tournament in Coopersburg, PA
Join us for a day of golf for a good cause! The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) 27th Annual Golf Tournament hosted by Holy Family Parish, Nazareth and St. John the Baptist Parish, Ottsville will be held on Friday, September 14, 2012 at Locust Valley Golf Club in Coopersburg, PA. Proceeds from this tournament help fund the education of our seminarians and to pay for the care of our elderly members. Lunch is provided on the course, and cocktails and a filet mignon dinner will be served after the tournament at Sacred Heart Villa, our community house in Center Valley, PA.
Interested players/foursomes should contact Fr. Joseph Muller, MSC by email at
or by mail at Sacred Heart Villa, 3300 Station Ave., Center Valley, PA 18034.
What: 2012 MSC Golf Tournament
Where: Locust Valley Golf Club, Coopersburg, PA, followed by cocktails and dinner at Sacred Heart Villa, 3300 Station Valley Drive, Center Valley, PA 18034
When: Friday, September 14, 2012. (Shotgun start at 10 AM.)
Cost: $100 per player
Meals: Lunch is provided on the course; cocktails and dinner will be served afterwards at Sacred Heart Villa in Center Valley, PA
Annual MSC Dinner Dance 2012 - April 22, 2012
Our annual Dinner Dance will be held at Gaslite Manor Courtyard West in Aurora, IL. Mark your calendars and join us on April 22nd from 5 pm to 9:30 pm for cocktails, dinner and dancing as we celebrate the completion of our 65 years of mission in Papua New Guinea and honor the MSC priests and brothers who served there. You are also invited to join us for Mass before the event, at 4:30 pm.
Final Profession of Vows - Congratulations Frank Natale, MSC!
On Saturday, August 20, Frank Natale took his final (life-long) vows of poverty, chastity and obedience as a Missionary of the Sacred Heart during the celebration of the Eucharist at his home parish of St. Mary's Immaculate Conception Parish in Canton, OH. Around 150 people gathered for this happy occasion including MSC priests and brothers, family members, Lay MSC, MSC alumni, and friends. Following the ceremony, the celebration continued with a reception at McCall's Banquet Center.
We are deeply grateful to everyone who joined us to witness and celebrate Frank's continued "yes" to God's call, to all the staff and volunteers who helped put together the event, and to everyone who has supported Frank along his journey. May God continue to bless and accompany Frank as he lives out his vows as a Missionary of the Sacred Heart.
Thank You Viennese Ball Volunteers and Patrons!
On Sunday, May 15, we had our 38th Annual Viennese Ball at the Rodeway Inn in Allentown, PA. Everything went well, thanks to our patrons and volunteers. We are blessed that all our Ball workers are generous volunteers from Holy Family parish. Proceeds from the Ball will help care for retired and infirm Missionaries of the Sacred Heart at Sacred Heart Villa in Center Valley, PA. Our missionaries who live at the Villa have given their lives to serve God and the Church at home and all over the world, and continue their service through prayer ministry (View the MSC Prayer Ministry in pictures brochure). Thank you to all our patrons and volunteers for helping us continue caring for these “veterans in ministry” who have dedicated their entire lives to helping people either here in the USA or in foreign countries Papua, New Guinea, or in Colombia, South America.
40th Annual Benefit Dinner Dance A Success!
Thank you to everyone, volunteers, staff and participants, who made our 40th Annual Dinner Dance Benefit in Aurora, IL a success! With your help, we are able to help support our MSC ministries in the United States, including: serving the local Church through parish work and various diocesan staff positions; giving healing retreats and working with various outreach and social ministry programs. We also care for our retired and infirm missionaries (many of whom have spent their lives in foreign missions and continue serving the Church through daily prayer) and educate and form seminarians and laity.
The event began with a Mass in Papua New Guinean Pidgin and English at 4:30PM, followed by cocktails, dinner and dancing, as well as raffle drawings and a silent auction. Members of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in attendance, including the provincial, Fr. Raymond Diesbourg, MSC, were introduced and sang the MSC Song together. Then two MSC priests, Frs. Vincent Freeh and Joe Gleixner, performed two songs from Papua New Guinea, where both served for many years. Later, Mr. Ted Weber, brother of Fr. Norbert Weber, MSC, gave a talk describing how the Weber family was involved with the MSC (starting in 1945). Fr Ray, representing the MSC, presented a Tree of Life stained glass window to the Weber family, in honor and in memorial of the family's many years of support of the Missionaries of the Sacred and their ministries. The stained glass window, along with a plaque, will hang in the MSC chapel in Aurora, IL. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success and for helping support our ministries in the United States.
St. Joseph Parish Shrine Supports the MSC
On March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph, the parishioners of St. Joseph Parish Shrine in Chicago, IL (Back of the Yard neighborhood) came together to celebrate their parish's patron saint and to help support the community of Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, who administer the parish. After a special Mass celebrated by Fr. Hugo Londoño, MSC (pastor) and other members of the MSC community, everyone gathered for a reception, complete with dinner and dancing. We would like to thank the volunteers whose dedication and talents made this event possible and all the parishioners of St. Joseph for their support.
Congratulations and Thank You, Br. John Joseph Rose, MSC
For 75 years of service to God and the Church
The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart celebrated Br. Rose’s Diamond Jubilee on March 3, 2011. The Mass of Thanksgiving started at 11AM at the Sacred Heart Villa Chapel, National Shrine of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, in Center Valley, PA and was followed by a luncheon that was also attended by Bishop John Barres.
On July 23-25, we had the opportunity to reconnect with our Ohio friends, alumni and benefactors in Ohio. Although we were physically separated from them for many years, the three-day event in Ohio provided an opportunity to reunite with those people treasured in our hearts.
On July 23, we returned to our former seminary in Shelby, OH. It was great to see our friends, alumni and benefactors who received us warmly and were grateful for our presence. After touring our former seminary (now owned by Abraxas), where we shared many memories of the past, we gathered at our MSC Cemetery for a prayer service, honoring all our deceased MSC buried there. The day ended with a fabulous pot-luck dinner prepared by our former auxiliary members, under the direction of Dorothy Blum. At this time, all the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart present gave a talk of where they have been since leaving Ohio and their current ministries. Most important was the sharing of stories and updates from those we lost contact with over the years.
The following day, about 200 persons greeted us in Canton, OH, where we served in St. Paul’s and St. Mary’s parishes. Here we had a fantastic outdoor “pig roast” organized by the parents of Brother Frank Natale, MSC, Dennis and Gerry Natale. Here we also met many new friends who joined us to meet the MSC visitors.
On July 25, we arrived in Youngstown, OH, the location of our former novitiate and retreat house. Once again, we were greeted with warm welcomes. Attorney Gary Zamary and friends provided us with an excellent supper. It was good to see some of our lay members as well as those with whom we served for many years and to share our stories and memories.
Pictures from the reunion in Youngstown
Pictures from the reunion in Shelby
Pictures from the reunion in Canton
The Meaning of Having MSC in My Life:
The greatest influence in my spiritual life. Started going to retreats around 1993. I was looking for something more in my spiritual life. I know God lead me to the MSC spirituality. I can never thank them enough for bringing me their spirituality and charism of the heart.
Ruth Anne, Ohio
(A member of the Ladies Auxiliary and Lay Associate)
It is just a pleasure to have a relative in the religious.
John and Carol, Ohio
They have taught me so much about our Catholic faith. I began going to Advent and Lents days of Reflection in the early 1990’s
Geraldine Maria, Ohio
Our parish priest (Fr. Sommer) is an MSC and our son was influenced in his life choices and he is now an MSC.
Dennis and Jerrie, Ohio (Also members of Lay Associates)
The MSCs have been a great spiritual force for our religious congregation, the Oblate Sisters, since the early 1950s. They are generous and passionate religious men who want to bring Christ’s love to the world.
Sister Joyce, The Oblate Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Ohio
(The MSC) helped my walk with Christ
The MSC stayed at my parents home (during my childhood). Masses were said in their livingroom! I have had devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I have always had a picture of Jesus in my home, for all to see. I have had many trials but I know Jesus just wants us closer to his Sacred Heart! I have been abundantly blessed. Thanks so much for the 7/25 celebration ---Christmas in July---
(I know the MSC) through our studies in formation and having MSCs for our chaplains at our motherhouse. MSCs taught us catechism of sacrament in Novitiate when we lived on Logan Road.
Sister Helen, Ohio
(I know the MSC through) a High School retreat in 1960s. “Spirituality of the Heart” I read “I Heart to Know Thee”. I joined the morning Mass in the Chapel for many years.
Sr. Norma, Ohio
MSC Ministry in Ohio:
Below is an article that appeared in the Catholic Exponent in July 2008 upon the departure of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart from the area:
Update from Fr. Camilli, MSC
GRAZIE A DIO! GRAZIE A SAN MARCO!
Message taken from St. Marco Newsletter June 2010. Pictures added.
Fifty years ago, on July 3, 1960, in the Basilica of San Anselmo on the Aventine Hill in Rome, I knelt before Luigi Cardinal Traglia, Pope John XXIII’s Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, and was ordained a Roman Catholic priest. Since my mother and father could not attend because of my father’s illness, I vividly recall that, as the good Cardinal placed his hands upon my head, said the prayers of ordination over me and anointed my hands with Sacred Chrism, my thoughts and emotions focused on my dear town of Temple, -- yes, Temple, PA! -- where the seed of my vocation was planted and my journey to the priesthood first began. I thought of my dear mother and father, my family, and of our close knit Italian community that was so much attached to our San Marco Club.
In the first few years of my youth, when my parents were eking out a living in their own mushroom plant, which stood diagonally across from the Club, I was placed in the “day care” of my grandparents, Emidio and Assunta Fioravanti. I immediately started to learn our Italian language in their marchigiano dialect. Fortunately, while under their daily care, everyday I would sit at the feet of “pappu,” the elderly patriarch of the Yetto family, my nonna’s next-door neighbor. And every day “pappu” would tell me about Bible events, wonderful stories of the lives of the saints, and colorfully describe all the churches and sanctuaries back in his native Italy as well as the many religious rituals associated with these holy places. Each day I looked forward to these delightful sessions. That childlike curiosity put me on the way towards a vocation to become a priest. And, as often happens, like any young boy who aspired to one day be a priest, I was “saying Mass” in my nonna’s cellar, with my cousins, the Noble girls, listening to my “sermons” and being a part of “the congregation.” (However, I never did “take up a collection!”) As I grew older, before entering the seminary, I used to help Mrs. Giamotti (Rita Gaspari’s mother) in cleaning the Temple chapel of St. Anthony. Because of this, Father Shea humorously called me “the Bishop of Temple.”
When I did enter the seminary in 1950, summer vacations found me back in Temple with the people I loved. I remember how everyone gave me so much encouragement and support during those years of study and formation. I was the son of “il vecchio,” “figlio di Ettore e Livia,” who would be the first, and, up to now, the only priest our close-knit Italian community. In those early years, our small Temple Italian community was coming of age, and had its first lawyer, its first doctor, its first teacher, its first dentist, etc. and now it would have it’s first priest.
Providence did indeed bless me when my Superiors selected me to finish my last four years of studies in Rome. Each year Christmas and Easter vacations away from Rome (“Pasquetta”) found me as a seminarian in Ascoli Piceno, under the care and guardianship of “Don Paolo” Rozzi. Monsignor Rozzi was our President John Rozzi’s uncle and Bishop Morganti’s right hand man in the Diocese of Ascoli. Temple was always with me on those visits, since I met so many relatives of people who lived in Temple.
As I now celebrate my fifty years of trying to be God’s devoted and faithful priest in the best way that I can, I thank God, first of all, for His wonderful gift of my Priesthood, for my family, and especially for my Italian Heritage, which was lived out so joyfully in this, our loving San Marco Italian community. Dio vi benedica! (God bless you!)
Father Michael Camilli, MSC Chaplain – San Marco Club
“The Saint Marco Society was founded in 1933 by a small group of 55 men and their families who settled in Temple, Pennsylvania, where they found work with the Temple Iron Foundry and the Reading Railroad…” Read more…
Thank you to everyone, volunteers, staff and participants, who made our 39th annual Dinner Dance Benefit in Aurora, IL on April 25, 2010 a success! With your help, we are able to help support the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in Korea. South Korea’s economy attracts over one million immigrant workers and these workers are often vulnerable and sometimes their employers take advantage of this vulnerability and refuse to pay them a proper salary. The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart work for justice in these situations and strive to protect the workers’ human rights, in addition to providing them with counseling and sacraments. In addition to working to protect the human rights of foreign workers and sailors, the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in Korea also run a youth shelter and provide food for children in North Korea (distribution is monitored through the services of the International Red Cross).
We would like to extend a special thank you to Fr. Benedict Ko, MSC for celebrating the Korean Mass beforehand and also for sharing about his country and the work of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart there. We would also like to thank the members of the Korean communities of Milwaukee, WI and Chicago, IL for joining us and for sharing a glimpse of Korean culture, both through homemade traditional desserts (Korean rice cake and Korea rice cookies) and a traditional dance performed by the children of the Korean Catholic Church in Milwaukee.
We are a missionary Church, and the principle of solidarity challenges us to be global citizens, to see other people and nations as our neighbors. Thank you for helping us put this solidarity into practice and live out our missionary character by supporting the great work that our brothers are doing in Korea.
Mark your calendars: our 40th Annual Dinner Dance Benefit will be on April 10th at the same location (Gaslight Manor, 2485 Church Road, Aurora, IL).