MSC Superior General visits the Irish Province - Missionaries of the Sacred Heart
13 Apr 2022

On Easter Monday, Fr Absalón Alvarado MSC, our Superior General, will arrive in Ireland to spend three weeks visiting our MSC members in England and Ireland.  It has been 14 years since the last visit of our Superior General, then Fr Mark McDonald, in 2008.

On Sunday, April 24th, Fr Absalón will be the main celebrant at Mass in the Sacred Heart Parish on the Western Road, Cork. This Mass will be live-streamed at 10.00am, and all are welcome to participate.

In the course of his trip, Fr Absalón wants to get to know the members of the Irish Province; to understand our reality, listen to our hopes and dreams, share in our struggles and disappointments, and confirm us in our mission to be God’s heart on earth. He will certainly want to encourage our MSCs, but in the first place, he comes to listen and walk with us for three weeks.

Journeying together in the Way of the Heart

Originally from Guatemala, Fr Absalón was elected Superior General for the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart at the General Chapter in Rome, in September 2017. Fr Absalón was in the role of Provincial Leader of the Central American Province prior to his election, and is the first MSC Superior General from the Global South.

With a Masters in Theology and a PhD in Psychotherapy, Fr Absalón has also ministered as a Vocations Director and Formator, as well as spending some time working in parishes in Nicaragua.

During his time in the Irish Province, Fr Absalón will travel to several MSC communities around Ireland and England, as well as visiting various projects and ministries that are currently underway. We look forward to following his journey, and we would be delighted to welcome mission friends from the Irish Province and beyond to join us in prayer via our live stream for our special Mass on Sunday, April 24th.

Please click here to watch a recording of Mass celebrated by
our MSC Superior General on Sunday, April 24th.