MSCs announce decision to leave parish after 110 years

Henley Beach parish (The Southern Cross)

After nearly 110 years of ministry in the western suburbs of Adelaide, the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart will withdraw from Henley Beach parish at the end of the year. Source: The Southern Cross.

Announced in a joint statement from the MSC community and the parish pastoral Council on June 7, the decision was communicated in person to parishioners by MSC provincial Fr Chris McPhee at Mass on June 12.

Fr McPhee said he understood the decision would come as a shock to many and stressed that it had not been made lightly.

“The MSCs have been present and ministered in Adelaide at both Hindmarsh and Henley Beach since 1914,” he said.

“This decision comes with great sadness from the MSC community here at Henley Beach and no doubt is a shock to all parishioners.”

Fr McPhee said there were 108 MSC men in Australia, 82 of whom were aged over 70 years and 26 of whom were in full-time ministry.

At Henley Beach, three of the priests are aged over 73, “even though they don’t look it”, he quipped.

The MSC will maintain a residence on Port Road in Croydon, and Fr Paul Cashen and Fr Paul McCormack will move to this residence at the end of the year.

Fr McCormack is expected to continue in his role as chaplain at St Michael’s College and both priests have indicated they will continue to deliver the candlelight Mass, adoration and supply assistance if and when required.

Parish priest Fr Peter Hearn will receive a new appointment next year.


End of an era at Henley Beach (By Jenny Brinkworth, The Southern Cross

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