Columban Fr. Joseph McSweeny will be speaking at Our Lady of Fatima (Omaha, NE), July 9-10, 2011, at all Masses. Fr. McSweeny was missioned in Taiwan for many years. He now lives in St. Columbans, Nebraska, and works in the mission office.
Columban Fr. Michael Dodd will be speaking at St. Peter Catholic Church, July 9-10, 2001, at all Masses. Originally from Ireland, Fr. Dodd was missioned in South Korea following the Korean War. He now lives in St. Columbans, Nebraska, and works in the mission office as the planned giving officer. Fr. Dodd can tell you exactly how not to write a legal and binding will!
Columban Fr. Charles Duster will be speaking at Saint Augusta Catholic Church, July 9-10, 2011, at all Masses. Originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Fr. Duster began his missionary life in Japan, but he spent the majority of his mission life in Fiji. Fr. Duster currently is assigned to the Columban house in Chicago, Illinois, where is active in mission education. Artifacts from his work in Fiji are a big hit with the students!
Columban Fr. Vincent McCarthy will be speaking at Holy Spirit Parish on July 9-10, 2011, at all Masses. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Fr. McCarthy began his mission work in Fiji and then moved to Brazil where he worked until July 2000. Fr. McCarthy currently lives in Buffalo, New York.
Columban Fr. T.P. Reynolds will be speaking at St. Anthony
Catholic Church, June 9-10, 2011, at all Masses. Originally from Ireland, Fr. Reynolds began his missionary life in Peru, although his main vocation was teaching in Columban seminaries and at the university level. Fr. Reynolds currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
Columban Fr. Clarence Beckley will be speaking at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish on July 9-10, 2011, at all Masses. Fr. Beckley was missioned in the Philippines and Brazil. He is currently serving the community of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in the Diocese of Dubuque, Iowa.
Columban Fr. John Wanaurny will be speaking at Our Lady of
Victory Parish, July 9-10, 2011, at all Masses. Fr. Wanaurny worked for 25 years in the southern Philippines, eleven years in Brazil and six years in El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
Columban Fr. Leo Distor will be speaking at Sorrowful
Mother Catholic Church, July 9-10, 2011, at all Masses.
Originally from the Philippines, Fr. Distor served for several
years in South Korea following ordination before being
appointed to the International Theologate in Chicago, Illinois,
where he currently is serving on the Columban Formation
Columban Fr. Frank Royer will be speaking at St. Philomena
Parish on July 9-10, 2011, at all Masses. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Fr. Royer spent over 30 years of his mission life in Korea before returning to the United States. Currently assigned to the Chicago area, Fr. Royer continues to serve the Korean community.
An Invitation Calls for a Response
July 9-10: Father McSweeny will be at:
Our Lady of Fatima
2706 Leavenworth St.
Omaha, NE 68105
- July 9-10: Father Dodd will be at:
St. Columba Parish
PO BOX 127
Conception Junction, MO 64434
July 9-10: Father Leo Distor will be at:
Sorrowful Mother Church
Wheatfield, IN 46392
- July 9-10: Father Duster will be at:St. Gabriel Archangel
Saint Augusta Church
3228 West State Road 10
Lake Village, IN 46349-9465
July 9-10: Father Reynolds will be at:
St. Anthony Church
3500 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
- July 9-10: Father McCarthy will be at:St. Gabriel Archangel
Holy Spirit Parish
4341 East 131st Street
Garfield Heights, OH 44105-5563
July 9-10: Father Beckley will be at:
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish
9080 Shepard Rd.
Macedonia, OH 44056-1450
July 9-10: Father Wanaurny will be at:
Our Lady of Victory Parish
73 North Ave.
Tallmadge, OH 44278-1996
July 9-10: Father Shaughnessy will be at:
709 S. 28th St.
Omaha, NE 68105
July 9-10: Father Royer will be at:
St. Philomena Parish
338 Chestnut St. PO 345
Belmont, WI 53510
Today, Columbans continue to work around the world with the economically poor and marginalized. Following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Columbans in that region have stayed with those they serve and are assisting with the on-going relief efforts.
When rebuilding begins, Columbans will be there assisting and aiding the people. In 2010, the disastrous floods in Pakistan left thousands homeless and destroyed acres of crops.
Homelessness, hunger and illness followed the floods. Columbans in Pakistan organized medical mission teams to bring urgently needed assistance to those affected by the floods. Columbans in Pakistan continue to help the people they serve rebuild their lives, homes and livelihoods in the wake of the floods. Wherever they are needed by God’s people, Columbans answer the call to serve.
To learn more about the Columban Fathers, please visit our website at www.columban.org. You can view current videos from the missions, engage in dialogue with the Columbans, read our magazine and sign up for our newsletter.
About the Columbans: The Missionary Society of St. Columban, also known as the Columban Fathers, is a Catholic missionary society that was founded in 1918 to proclaim and witness to the Good News of Jesus Christ. The Society seeks to establish the Catholic Church where the Gospel has not been preached, help local churches evangelize their laity, promote dialogue with other faiths, and foster among all baptized people an awareness of their missionary responsibility. The Society’s U.S. headquarters is based in Bellevue, Neb., which is south of Omaha.