MSC stands for Missionarii Sacratissimi Cordis which is Latin for Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. MSC women and men believe that nothing is more important than the saving power of God’s love, as revealed in the compassionate Heart of Christ. Knowing that only God’s love can bring peace and reconciliation to the world, MSC women and men battle selfishness and indifference in our world through their charism of the Heart which impels them to be the Heart of God on earth.

The founding of the Congregation and the charism of the Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is attributed to Fr. Hubert Linckens, MSC and to his spiritual mentor Fr. Julius Chevalier, MSC. Fr. Linckens’ deep love of the Sacred Heart, impressed upon him by Fr. Chevalier, instilled in him a strong desire to make this Heart known and loved everywhere. Such charism lead the MSC Fathers to mission in the South Pacific, and by 1 898, acting upon pleas for German Sisters in the Marshall Islands and New Britain, Fr. Linckens obtained all the necessary permissions to found the Congregation of Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart.

Assigned to the task of guiding and directing the foundation of this new congregation of Sisters was Sr. Servatia, a Sister of Divine Providence. Within one year’s time, Sr. Servatia, her companion Sr. Severine and 26 postulants dedicated their first convent in Hiltrup, Germany. In March of 1901, the first profession of temporary vows took place, and by 1902, a pioneer group of Missionary Sister of the Most Sacred Heart set sail for the Marshall Islands and New Britain. By 1904, 10 more Sisters had arrived in mission to the South Pacific.

During 1904, two events indelibly marked the Missionary Sisters’ Congregation; death and martyrdom. First, Sr. Servatia died and left the Sisters with the directive to “love one another tenderly.” Second, five young Missionary Sisters, four Missionary priests and brothers, and one Trappist died at the hands of angry natives in the Baining Mountains of New Britain. When Fr. Rascher repeatedly refused to condone the adultery of an influential man, the man gathered a band of natives and planned and executed the brutal massacre. The martyrdom of the five Sisters served to strengthen the young community’s resolve to be the Heart of God on earth. Volunteers quickly offered themselves as replacements, and in November of 1904, a relief expedition set out for the South Seas and the Missionary Sisters continued to serve the people of New Britain. In fact, the number of MSC candidates swelled so dramatically following the martyrdom, that Fr. Linckens needed to find a new field for their missionary work.

In 1906 the Missionary Sisters installed their first superior general, Sr. Franziska Fleige. Sr. Franziska and Fr. Linckens recognized the United States and its growing number of needy immigrants as a promising environment for missionary labor. On August 1, 1908, eight pioneering Sisters left for America and they first stepped foot on American soil on August 11, 1908. Fr. Linckens inspired the young Sisters saying: “This country is now your country, your homeland. Its people must become your people; its language, your language; its customs, your customs. Look ahead!” These eight Missionary Sisters began their mission in the U.S. by teaching the children of Slovak immigrants who were working in the coal mines of Pennsylvania.

The Missionary Sisters’ ministries quickly spread to other states where they opened hospitals, schools of nursing, orphanages, and schools. They taught catechism, earned doctoral degrees and served the poor. Today, Missionary Sisters continue Christ’s mission through various types of service as needs arise. They do this through education, social services, hospice, healthcare, pastoral care, and elder care. Like their Founders, they believe that their “mission is not complete until the whole world has turned to Christ.”

MSC Sisters Ministries (1908-present)

St. Michael’s Lansford
Assumption Parish
Sacred Heart, Palmerton
St. Nicholas, Berlinsville
Our Lady of Hungary, Northampton
Ss. Cyril & Methodius, Bethlehem
Ss. Cyril & Methodius, Reading
St. Mary’s, McAdoo
Holy Family, Nazareth
Sr. Michael Sanatorium, Reading
Sr. Paul Orphanage, Reading
Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown
St. John the Baptist, Haycock
St. Henry’s, Philadelphia
St. Martha Home, Allentown
St. Joseph in the Hills, Malvern
St. John the Baptist, Allentown
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Hilltown
St Peter’s, Coplay
Ss. Cyril & Methodius, Coaldale
Good Samaritan Hospital, Pottsville
Holy Guardian Angels, Reading
Sacred Heart Hospital, Norristown
St. Clara Home for the Aged, Allentown
Sacred Heart Home, Coopersburg
Little Flower High School, Philadelphia
Villa St. Elizabeth, Reading
Allentown Central Catholic High School
Sacred Heart Convent, Chester
Mt. Trexler Skilled Nursing Unit, Limeport
Nativity High School, Pottsville
St. Joseph’s, Limeport
Holy Name High School, Reading
Alvernia University, Reading
Josephinum Pontifical College, OH

Villanova University, Philadelphia
University of Dayton, OH
Knights of St. George Home, WVA
Marianist Preparatory School, NY
St. Francis Seraphic Prep., OH
Mother of Good Counsel Seminary, NY
Sacred Heart Apostolic School, IL
St. Joseph Health Resort, IL
Mt. St. John, OH
St. John Home, NY
Sacred Heart Seminary, OH
St. Mary Hospital, GA
Colegio San Jose, PR
St. Joseph’s, GA
St. Joseph’s, IL
Incarnation Parish, IL
Posada de San Jose, Mexico City
San Ramon Nonato, Mexico City
Guerrero, Mexico
St. Mary’s, Kutztown
St. Ann’s, FL
Lourdes Hospital, NY
Stephen’s Place, Bethlehem
St. Joseph’s, Reading
Sacred Heart Villa, Reading
Soboba Reservation, CA
Diocese of Galveston-Houston, TX
Catholic Center, University of Georgia
Highland Hills Retirement Community, GA
Highland Hills Hospice, GA
Good Shepherd, Camp Hill
Mary’s Shelter, Reading
Circus Community, US
Shalom Center, TX
Mercy House of the Southern Tier, Endicott, NY