Chevalier Institute

If you think God has not touched your heart, wait till He does! St Augustine
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Chevalier Institute is a ministry of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in the Australian Province . It is a centre for formation, committed to sharing and promoting the Chevalier Family’s Spirituality of the Heart.

Jules Chevalier founded the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) in 1854 and the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (OLSH) in 1874. In 1900 The Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred heart was founded in Germany by Father Hubert Linckens, a Dutch Missionary of the Sacred Heart. All these congregations of professed religious, along with the Lay MSC, Lay OLSH and other laity committed to the spirituality of the heart are members of the Chevalier family.


Our Team

Chevalier Institute was established in 2003. Presently there are three members of the team working in the Institute:  Fr Bob Irwin msc and Alison McKenzie. Brett Adamson is part time assistant. Our offices are based in the Chevalier Resource Centre at Kensington, NSW.


Our Mission

To facilitate and support lay adult faith formation in the Chevalier Family’s Spirituality of the Heart.


In fulfilling the Mission of the Chevalier Institute we are committed to facilitating formation that:

    1. takes account of the lived reality of lay people (past and present) and their diverse spiritual journeys, and engages the charism in a meaningful and relevant way.
    2. follows sound adult learning principles and acknowledges respected theories of human development (physical, psychological, spiritual & emotional development). This is an ongoing process requiring both time and resources.
    3. respects and actively acknowledges the inter-relationship between body, mind and spirit. 
    4. skills and forms ‘formators’, so as to empower them to facilitate formation in their local contexts.
    5. seeks out and makes available resources that are supportive of our Mission.
    6. plans and offers a range of liturgical experiences as an integral part of all formation experiences.  


Spirituality of the Heart

A Spirituality of the Heart reverences the human heart as loved by God unconditionally, and as the privileged place of encounter with God.

Living such a spirituality involves the journey into one’s own heart, as Mary did, and into the heart of the human condition, open to encountering there the compassionate heart of Jesus – the heart of God.

It is this encounter which has the power to transform brokenness into blessing, to create our world anew.

The Immaculate Heart - Artist Stephen B Whatley 


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