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MSC Life and Identity
Our life and identity as Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
can best be described by using the initials of our community, MSC.


Mission is central to who we are. We receive this mission from the Heart of Jesus who asks us in every way to communicate the love, compassion and mercy of God. Our response to this invitation is expansive, diverse and creative, while at the same time, being personal and specific, as we seek to reach out to “one heart at a time.”


Spirituality describes our relationship with God and how that relationship influences the choices we make. We have been drawn by the Sacred Heart of Jesus to a way of life that reflects his:
- Mercy, compassion, healing and reconciliation
- Justice that seeks right relationships among all peoples
- The common good and the just distribution of the world’s resources
- Zeal, courage, generosity and a love that is willing to sacrifice
- A special concern for women, children, immigrants and the frail elderly


Open and inclusive, our communities are as diverse as the women who comprise them. Jesus and His mission are the unifying forces that draw us together in prayer, companionship, ministry and the ongoing transformation of lives so that we can authentically transmit the love of God in today’s world.

Watch a Short Video Documentary of Cabrini Immigrant Services in New York City

The MSCs are involved in many differing ministries. Outreach to immigrants is an apostolic priority for them. Sr. Pietrina Raccuglia, MSC, Provincial of the Stella Maris Province, formerly served as the Director of Cabrini Immigrant Services a multidimensional outreach to the immigrant community on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.  Click here to view a video about Cabrini Immigrant Services.

Africa Walks….
an encounter with Ethiopia

By Sr. Bernadette Anello, MSC

For the past ten years we Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus have been in this country, working side by side with the women, men and children from this area. What began as compassionate presence among the sick and dying has evolved into hospital ministry, education of the very young, an orphanage for abandoned children, feeding and water programs for those most in need, women’s promotion and a Formation program for our Candidates, Novices and newly Professed Sisters.

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