Columban Fr. Tom Shaughnessy will be speaking at St. Andrew the Apostle Parish, July 30-31, 2011, at all Masses. Fr. Shaughnessy spent most of his missionary life in the Philippines and now continues his work at the Columban U.S. Regional Headquarters in St. Columbans, Nebraska.
Columban Fr. Clarence Beckley will be speaking at St. Joseph Church on July 30-31, 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
the Woods Church, July 30-31, 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 St. Thomas a’Becket Church, July 30-31, 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
An Invitation Calls for a Response
- July 30-31: Father Beckley will be at:
St. Joseph Church
2214 Manhattan St
Erie, MI 48133-9647
July 30-31: Father Wanaurny will be at:
Our Lady of the Woods Church
21892 Gudith Rd
Woodhaven, MI 48183-1599
July 30-31: Father Distor will be at:
St. Thomas a’Becket Church
555 S Lilley Road
Canton, MI 48188-1103
July 30-31: Father Shaughnessy will be at:
St. Andrew the Apostle Parish
6720 Union Mill Road
Clifton, VA 20124
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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.