Appeals August 6-7

August 5, 2011

Fr. Clarence Beckley

Columban Fr. Clarence Beckley will be speaking at St. Mary Church on August 6-7, 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.

Fr. Charles Duster

Columban Fr. Charles Duster will be speaking at All St Mary Parish, August 6-7, 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!

Fr. John Wanaurny

Columban Fr. John Wanaurny will be speaking at St Charles Borromeo, August 6-7, 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.

Fr. Bill Brunner

Columban Fr. Bill Brunner will be speaking at St. Mary Parish on August 6-7, 2011, at all Masses. Originally from Iowa, Fr. Brunner spent several years in the Philippines before returning to mission work in the United States. Fr. Brunner currently lives and works in his home town near Sioux City, Iowa.

An Invitation Calls for a Response

  • Aug 6-7 Fr J Wanaurny
    St Charles Borromeo Parish
    1637 N. 37th Ave.
    Melrose Park, IL 60160-1723
    Ph. 708-343-7646
  • Aug 6-7 Fr Brunner
    St. Mary Parish
    3673 Hwy P
    Cross Plains, WI 53528
    Ph. 1-608-798-2111
  • Aug 6-7 Fr C Duster
    St. Patricia Parish
    9050 S. 86th Ave.
    Hickory Hills, IL 60457-1351
    Ph. 708-598-5222
  • Aug 6-7 Fr D O’Mara
    St. Germaine Church
    7997 East Dana Drive
    Prescott, AZ 86314
    Ph. 1-928-772-6350
  • Aug 6-7 Fr C Beckley
    St. Mary
    211 N. Franklin Ave.
    Polo, IL 61064
    Ph. 1-815-946-2535
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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.

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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.

Rev. Thomas M. Brooks
St. Jude
2801 West Sixth Street
Erie, PA 16505-8408
Ph. 814-833-0927