A Blessing for Heart of Life – Feast of the Sacred Heart 2024

The Heart of Life community gathered together to celebrate the feast of the Sacred Heart today at Kewn Kreestha in Croydon. We celebrated Mass in our newly renovated space, led by Fr Dominic Gleeson MSC (Siloam, 2011), whose homily called us to love, long after the...

Learning From Experience

Editor’s note: Today is the Feast of the Sacred Heart, and we marked the occasion by celebrating the Eucharist, an official blessing of our new premises at Croydon as well as 45 Years of Siloam Siloam is a program of ministry formation, formation for the...

Siloam45: Spiritual Direction

Siloam is a program for the formation of spiritual directors.  But what do we mean by the term ‘spiritual direction’?  I find it easier to talk about what it is not!  In what follows. I describe that it is not really ‘spiritual’ in the sense that most people use that...

The Beginnings of Siloam

There was no program for the formation of spiritual directors in Australia when Siloam began in 1979.  For the first few years, it was a part-time program, one day a week for the academic year.  Initially in Sydney, then moving to Melbourne, interest and demand for...

Farewell to Peter Sherlock, University of Divinity

Heart of Life was represented by director Clare Shearman at the farewell celebration for Prof Peter Sherlock last night. Pictured here with Dr Anne Pattel-Gray, giving him a blessing, Peter will officially conclude as Vice-Chancellor at tonight’s Melbourne...

Siloam celebrates 45 years 

At a time when there is so much upheaval in our world – climate crises, drought and famine, wars between neighbouring countries – to sit quietly with a spiritual direction talking about one’s relationship with God seems unjustifiable luxury.  How can we say that...

A Christmas Reflection

Editor’s note: The following reflection concludes ‘Brian’s Reflections’ for our 40th-anniversary celebrations. It is the longest, but in Brian’s own words, “It is very close to me”. Almost fifty years ago, I spent Christmas...

Congratulations, HOL 2023

It’s been one week since our 2023 Commissioning Ceremony at Sacred Heart Church, Croydon; one week since we celebrated and congratulated our graduands and formation staff on another year of study, companionship and learning together. It was an evening of many...

Where is God Now?

We live in confusing times.  Many of us find the Covid restrictions terribly hard. At one point, psychologists were saying that we are in lockdown fatigue.  Others are quite disturbed by the many disasters in our world, the earthquakes and the damaging bushfires and...

Funeral for ‘Our Beloved’ Sr Robyn Reynolds olsh

Members of the Heart of Life community were among the congregation of people that gathered last week to farewell Sr Robyn Reynolds olsh. Presided by Fr Peter Malone msc and others, and in fellowship with the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, MSC Sisters and...

HOL Faculty Chris Chaplin msc to General Assistant

Congratulations to Chris Chaplin msc on his appointment for a second term as the General Assistant to the Superior General of the MSC General Council. Chris will be known to many at Heart of Life as their tutor for meditation, mindfulness and mandalas as well as...

Alumni Digest Oct 2023

Spread the word! Two of our Heart of Life team have contributions in the YTU Alumni Digest (Vol 8 Iss 2, 6 Oct 2023), appearing below. The Yarra Theological Union is a member college of the University of Divinity, “an inclusive and welcoming community for...

Relationship with God

That wonderfully charismatic figure, Martin Luther King, was fond of saying, “The church is the place you go out from.” Heart of Life, Centre for Spiritual and Pastoral Formation, is a place you go out from. People come in, certainly, and are warmly welcomed, but our...

Robyn Reynolds olsh, RIP

Heart of Life staff and students gathered today to share a time of remembrance for our dear colleague Robyn, who died unexpectedly on 1st October 2023. Robyn was full of love for Heart of Life, for what we do and for our students and staff.  In fact, Robyn was just...

Superior General of the MSCs Re-Elected in Rome

Congratulations to Fr Abzalón Alvarado Tovar msc, who has been re-elected as Superior General of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. MSC Communications in Rome sent the following statement: Fr Abzalón Alvarado, MSC, has been elected as Superior General of the...

The Secrets of My Heart

When Thomas More was being led to his execution on Tower Hill in 1535, a large crowd gathered to witness. Robert Bolt’s play A Man for all Seasons portrays the scene: More’s beloved daughter Meg breaks from the crowd and rushes to embrace her father, in tears. More...

Stephen Hackett, msc Provincial Visitation

Newly-appointed MSC Provincial, Fr Stephen Hackett msc, is visiting the different communities in each city since returning to Australia from Vietnam. He spent some time today with the group from the Heart of Life Centre for Spiritual & Pastoral Formation, met the...

Human Relationships

We humans are instinctively relational. We are made for relationships. ‘No man is an island,’ wrote John Donne. From the very beginning, God said: ‘It is not good that man should be alone – I will make him a helper as his partner.’ (Genesis 2:18) Relationships are...

God’s Spirit in Creation

Pope Francis wrote in his encyclical Laudato Si (#42): Because all creatures are connected, each must be cherished with love and respect, for all of us as living creatures are dependent on one another. Loud bells rang for me.  I lived near the sea for many years....

Understanding Spiritual Direction

Heart of Life calls itself a Centre for Spiritual and Pastoral Formation. Pastoral formation is about preparing people for their pastoral ministry. But what is spiritual formation?  Something to do with preparing people inwardly, preparing one’s heart and soul, one’s...

Listening Hearts

Former chief justice, Sir Gerard Brennan, was much loved by Australia’s first peoples because of his significant ruling on Aboriginal land rights, the Mabo ruling.  Senator Pat Dodson, a Yawuru man from Broome, often called the father of Reconciliation, spoke at...

A Day With Pádraig Ó Tuama

Last week Heart of Life joined with Kardia, Living Well and Wellspring to host a masterclass for Spiritual Directors with Pádraig Ó Tuama. Though wet and cold, and more of a wintry blast than a Melbourne autumn, it was a most extraordinary day. Gently held and weaved...

New Provincial: Missionaries of the Sacred Heart

Heart of Life is privileged to have been represented at the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Chapter meeting in Sydney this week. We congratulate Stephen Hackett msc on his appointment as the Provincial for the future. We will hold Stephen in prayer as he prepares to...

Where Are You?

Editor’s Note: Continuing with our 40th Anniversary celebrations, we present Brian’s Reflections, a series of observations from Heart of Life co-founder, Fr Brian Gallagher msc. The first words in the bible are God’s words: ‘Where are you?’  The Book of Genesis tells...

Nothing Short of Magnificent – by Lynn Moresi

Lynn Moresi writes: This year’s University of Divinity graduation service was nothing short of magnificent.  St Patrick’s Cathedral stood tall and proud and the beauty and majesty of this stunning piece of architecture simply added to the significance of the...

Broken Hearts

Editor’s Note: Continuing with our 40th Anniversary celebrations, we present Brian’s Reflections, a series of observations from Heart of Life co-founder, Fr Brian Gallagher msc. I was in New Zealand early in 2019 at the time of the massacre of Muslim people in their...

In Honour of Friendship

At a birthday lunch with Heart of Life colleagues this week, we were talking about friends.  “Who is the first person you would you call if something really bad happened to you?”  For two of us at the table, the answer was someone in a different country, which...

Religion & Spirituality

Editor’s Note: Continuing with our 40th Anniversary celebrations, we present Brian’s Reflections, a series of observations from Heart of Life founder, Fr Brian Gallagher msc. The 2021 census revealed that 39% of Australians say that they have no religion. ...