Missionaries of the Sacred Heart
Formation8 December 1854; 169 years ago (1854-12-08)
FounderJules Chevalier
TypeCatholic religious congregation
Mario Abzalón Alvarado Tovar

The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (MSC; Latin: Missionarii Sacratissimi Cordis; French: Missionnaires du Sacré-Coeur) are a missionary congregation in the Catholic Church. It was founded in 1854 by Jules Chevalier at Issoudun, France, in the Diocese of Bourges.

The motto of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart is: May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be loved everywhere![1] The priests, deacons and brothers of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart are known as MSCs (from the Latin, Missionarii Sacratissimi Cordis). The international headquarters is in Rome with numerous communities throughout the world.[2]


Jules Chevalier

Jules Chevalier founded the Archconfraternity of the Sacred Heart in 1864. In 1867 it opened its first school in Chezal-Benoît in the Centre region of France.[3]

Three missionaries from Barcelona founded the first overseas mission in 1882 near Rabaul on the island of New Britain in Papua, where the order began a mission at Yule Island in 1885.[4]

The Congregation established provinces in the Netherlands (1894), the United States (1939), Spain (1946), Ireland (1952), Indonesia (1971) and the Dominican Republic (1986).[5]


  1. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia 1913: MSC of Jesus
  2. ^ Australian Province: MSC worldwide
  3. ^ "CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus". www.newadvent.org. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  4. ^ Sr Antoninus (1985). "Birds of paradise and drums that announce Christ's peace". Annals Australasia. Archived from the original on 7 September 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2020.
  5. ^ MSC 150 Anniversary Book, p. 24-152