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PNG HONOUR FOR PAUL JENNINGS MSC PDF Print E-mail
Written by Peter MALONE   
Saturday, 25 December 2010 07:27

 

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Fr Paul Jennings MSC was awarded an OBE by the Government of Papua New Guinea in the Queen’s birthday honours list, for services to education and the Church in Milne Bay and Papua New Guinea.

Paul has worked in education in Papua New Guinea for most of his life as a priest, since 1971.  He was a long serving Headmaster of Sacred Heart High School at Hagita, in Milne Bay, for 12 years and at the same time worked on several Department of Education committees in curriculum and teacher capacity building.  He was a member of the Ministerial “Matane Commission” in 1986 and 1987 which was tasked with developing a home grown philosophy of education for Papau New Guinea and mapping a way forward for a restructure of the whole education system.

At present Paul is Executive Director of St Joseph’s International Catholic College in Port Moresby, Chair of the Governing Council of a new Sacred Heart Teachers College which specialises in recruiting and training Primary teachers for remote and isolated schools; a member of the National Catholic Education Board and an advisor to several government education committees.  He is also completing writing a revised curriculum for Upper secondary Religious Education for catholic schools in Papua New Guinea.

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The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) are an international community of religious men of the Catholic Church who believe that nothing is more important than the saving power of God's love. The initials M.S.C. come from the Latin: Missionarii Sacratissimi Cordis.

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In 1854, a French parish priest, Jules Chevalier, gathered a small group of like-minded priests and formed the MSC congregation under the protection of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. Their concern was global, but they began with efforts to restore the vitality of the faith in rural France. On September 1, 1881, the first missionaries left for Papua New Guinea, the fulfillment of a dream that Fr. Chevalier already had as a seminarian.

Fr Jules Chevalier - 1824-1907