Fr Abzalon Tovar, Superior General of the MSC gives a plaque to Fr Chris Chaplin MSC (right) in acknowledgment of his appointment as General Assistant. 2023

Fr Abzalón Tovar msc, Superior General of the MSC gives a plaque to Fr Chris Chaplin msc (right) in acknowledgment of his appointment as General Assistant. Photo: MSC General Administration for Communication, Rome. Via Facebook.

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 hosting a number of reflection events over the years.  We hold Chris in prayer as he takes up this appointment in Rome for another six years.

-Clare Shearman, Director

And from Peter Malone msc:

Chris has served a six year term as a General Assistant to Superior General, Abzalon Alvaredo Tovar MSC. Abzalon has asked him to continue for a second term.

Looking back at Chris’s life and ministry, we can see a providential journey of preparation. He is from Adelaide, Henley Beach parish, formerly and MSC parish. He joined the MSC in 1980, studied at YTU, had a pastoral year’s experience in Melbourne’s Yarraville parish before entering the Novitiate in 1983, making profession in 1984. He was a member of the foundation community at Navarre House, Drummoyne, when the student house moved to Sydney in 1986.

Experience as a deacon in Nightcliff parish, Darwin, ordination in 1988, returning to Nightcliff and becoming parish priest. He has had a wide range of appointments over the decades, a member of the travelling religious education team, member of the Provincial Council, some years in Fiji, Director of the Retreat House at Douglas Park, hermit life on the NSW central coast and at Shoreham, Victoria, spiritual director, on the staff of the Heart of Life Centre, qualifications in Breathwork, Reflexology and Certificates in Emotional Release Counselling.

He has been drawing on all this experience in his work on the General Council and especially Formation work in the Asian provinces and regions.