My first experience of engaging in pastoral ministry in Japan was at a residential center, run by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, for adults who had various physical and intellectual disabilities. Having had no previous experience in this field, I was very anxious about this place of assignment. My unease was intensified by the fact that I was keenly aware of my own inability to communicate well in Japanese. I feared greatly that this initial experiment in ministry would be stressful, dissatisfying and might possibly end in failure. However, summoning all my courage and determination, I headed to the center on the appointed day.
My initial shock was even greater than what I had anticipated! I was dumbstruck at finding that the residents were welcoming, spontaneous and joyful. I was in disbelief at how eagerly they included me in their arts and crafts activities. My feelings of being awkward and helpless quickly melted away as they remained attentive to my presence, and included me in everything that happened throughout …
The Columban Martyrs Memorial Garden was dedicated on May 26, 2016 by Omaha Archbishop George Lucas
On September 25, 1938, the cornerstone was laid at Dowdstown for the new Columban college and seminary located in the townland of Dowdstown, near the city of Navan in County Meath. …
Lord Jesus Christ, who are called the Prince of Peace, who are yourself our peace and reconciliation, who so often said, "Peace to you," grant us peace. Make all men and women witnesses of truth, justice, and brotherly love …