The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart are a religious congregation of the Catholic Church founded in the 19th century by Jules Chevalier in France. Jules’s vision was that the Catholic Church should represent the core values of the heart of Jesus, namely, kindness, compassion, inclusivity, and hospitality. His mission was that he and his fellow Catholics would strive to ‘be on earth the heart of God’. We are all called to live these core values in our daily lives whether in our ordinary interactions with others or in the big decisions that humans make at various times in their lives. Jules devoted his life to this mission and encouraged all people to bring this vision to the world. All people are called to be Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.
“A Spirituality of the Heart is a way of living – a way of being in the world…a journey to be travelled (with others),…an energy that sustains and moves us, a dance in which we are participating… a way of being in the world, in relationship to self, others and God; a way of coming to rest within ourselves, at our deepest centre.” James Maher msc
This MSC ethos underpins everything we do at Chevalier College, it is who we are. At the core of this ethos is the human heart of Jesus. Our students and staff are part of a spiritual family and are invited to reflect upon the ethos and vision of the MSC as a way to live their lives. Families of all religious traditions and those who do not identify with a religious tradition are welcome at Chevalier College.
Our Faith Formation team sets out to form our students’ faith in all that is good. We provide our students with the language and relationships to nurture and foster a sense of what it truly means to live by the values of the MSC.
Jules Chevalier’s vision for the regeneration of society was through love, compassion, mercy and kindness found in the Heart of Jesus – and was to be lived and shared with all by those who shared his vision.
Our philosophy of education can be summed up in the phrase: ‘The Heart of Education is the Education of the Heart’. This means that everything we do at Chevalier College, in the academic and in the extra-curricular life of the college, is about enhancing and developing all the unique gifts, talents and personalities of the young people in our care. In this way, they will come to know they are deeply loved by God.
The key to this is respectful and good relationships at all levels of the college community – between staff and staff, students and staff, students and students. The best teaching and learning takes place in the context of healthy, respectful, good and right relationships. In the teaching of young people, teachers cannot separate what they teach from who they are.
Our philosophy is based on a ‘spirituality of the heart’ which finds its roots in the charism and spirit of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, the founders and owners of the college.