Mission

Revolution of the Heart Found in Faith

After three months of work at the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, my time in this internship has come to an end. While I will miss this organization and everything I worked on, everything I’ve learned and seen since …

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Learning to be a Humble Advocate

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4). The word “advocate” …

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Care for Creation: A Priority for the World Bank?

“Nurturing and cherishing creation is a command God gives not only at the beginning of history, but to each of us. It is part of his plan; it means causing the world to grow responsibly, transforming it so that it …

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Farewell From Amy Woolam Echeverria- CCAO Director

I recently had to say goodbye to some close family friends who decided to return to their family roots in Peru.  Our families were best of friends.  Just days before they departed, I had the chance to talk with their …

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A Poem by Columban Father, Dennis O’Mara

During the Pinochet Era in Chile, Father Dennis Omara worked with and served people who were tortured by the Chilean secret service for more than six years. There he learned of the School of the Americas, a program in the …

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Columban Ministries During the Dictatorship and Today

JPIC Ministries Under the Dictatorship Justice and Peace has been at the heart of Columban ministry and pastoral work in Chile. Throughout the seventies and eighties we were well known to be on the side of the poor and the …

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Infinitely Inclusive

I’ve always been drawn to tables.  One of my favorites is a simple enamel top kitchen table circa 1930s that was in my grandmother’s kitchen.  I would sit on a red vinyl high stool while she would prepare pies, roasts …

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Lessons To Be Passed On

On Sunday I took a trip (my third to be exact) to the Smithsonian American Indian museum. I had time to look at the exhibits and reflect on the teachings from my tribe, the Sault Ste Marie Chippewa. The Chippewa …

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God Speaks My Name

I can remember as a child visiting church one afternoon with my mom and brother when I was probably about six or seven years old.  It was during the week; maybe we were dropping something off or my mom wanted …

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Bending at the Waist

Not long ago, I was walking down the street and I saw a man who was bent over at the waist, walking with a cane, painfully shuffling along.  Crippled by some illness, his worldview was the ground beneath him.  So …

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