The Missionaries of God's Love began within the Disciples of Jesus Covenant Community in Canberra in 1986, under the guidance of Fr. Ken Barker. Some young men in the Community, approached Fr. Ken, expressing a call to priesthood, but also wanting to remain part of the community. They agreed to meet weekly before the Blessed Sacrament for a year in order to listen to the Lord's direction. At the end of that time they began to share a common life together in a fraternity house, seeking to live the Gospel in a radical manner, by imitating Jesus in his poverty, and developing a strong life of prayer and brotherhood. They began to understand that their commitment to contemplative prayer, adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, and charismatic worship, was meant to empower them to bring God's love to others, especially to the alienated and marginalised in society.
Gradually, young men have been ordained as priests and sent out to assist in the Church's mission of the "new evangelization". Some of our priests undertook mission work in Papua New Guinea.
A mission was established in Darwin in 1996 working with the urban Catholic aboriginal community. We are also heavily involved in Youth Ministry work in the Northern Territory. In the same year, a mission was opened in Manila ministering within a so-called "squatter" area. Since then, we have taken on the care of St Peter's Parish in North Quezon City.
In 1998, the Missionaries were given responsibility for St Benedict's Parish, Narrabundah, Canberra. We have developed a Eucharistic Centre involving Youth Ministries, spiritual programmes and Eucharistic Adoration. We have also been involved in university chaplaincies.
In 2006, we were given responsibility for St Benedict's Parish, Burwood, Melbourne. This is also the site for one of our House of Studies. There is a vibrant Youth Ministry, St Benedict’s has more than 60 hours of Eucharistic adoration each week.
The Missionaries of God's Love exist to share Jesus' mission to bring this fire to the earth. It is the fire of God's love, burning in the heart of Jesus, which took Him to the Cross. It is also the fire of the Holy Spirit poured out at Pentecost, and now experienced in a new way in the Church. The Missionaries immerse themselves in this fire through the grace of "baptism in the Spirit," through daily meditation on the Cross of Jesus, and through Eucharistic adoration. With this fire burning within their hearts, they give all for the sake of the Kingdom and, commit themselves to the spreading of the Good News of God's love to the ends of the earth
Having experienced the love of Jesus personally, the MGL Sisters’ mission is to bring that same love to others. We aim to lead people to a personal relationship with Jesus, and to experience a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
We have a particular focus on reaching young people with the powerful message of Jesus. We also focus on those groups of people who are unchurched or alienated from the Church in some way.
Our ministries include:
camps and retreats for youth and young adults;
co-ordinating and nurturing youth groups;
running a lunchtime evangelisation and support for girls as part of our mission in high schools;
conducting schools of evangelisation in the Asia Pacific;
providing spiritual direction and pastoral care;
working with and alongside indigenous peoples; and
outreach to people living in government house complexes.