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The Continuing Columban Story

For the last few years, I have been assigned to Bristol, Rhode Island. What used to be the Spiritual year house has gradually morphed into a house for retired Columbans. A few months ago, in addition to my assignment as …

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Hello from Myanmar!

After spending a year in Yangon to learn the Burmese language, Columban lay missionaries Catharina, Columba and Lenette moved to Banmaw (Myanmar) to start their ministry. They provided the following reflection: Upon our arrival we were warmly welcome by the …

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A Trip Down Memory Lane to a Barrio

It was a rainy Sunday morning in San Marcelino, Zambales, Philippines. I was to celebrate the San Isidro fiesta Mass in barrio Pili. Pili was a Village far from town. The problem was getting there. The road was always treacherous …

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Dividing Humanity into Various Catagories

Gospel (Luke 18:9-14) Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. “Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax …

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Missionary Zeal and Down-to-Earth Reality

Columban Fr. Frank Hoare shares an excerpt from his diary: January 18 2009 I am back in Naleba – the rural settlement on the second Island of Fiji where I began, in 1975, my missionary journey. After seven years away …

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The Philippine War on Drugs

The war on drugs initiated by President Rodrigo Duterte on July 1, 2016, has made headlines around the world. The 5th commandment, “Thou shall not kill” while widely promoted, is ignored. Most of the extra judicial killings take place among …

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Indo-Fijian Fire-walking at Nadera Temple

Columban Fr. Frank Hoare shares an excerpt from his diary: June 18, 1983 Today I went to take photos of the fire-walking at the Hindu temple at Nadera, a few miles from Suva. In the early 20th century, the British …

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Being a Priest Is a Grace, Not a Privilege

Being a priest is a grace, not a privilege Two new Columban priests were ordained in Chile – Rafael Ramírez and Gonzalo Borquez “The priesthood is a grace. It is not a privilege. It is not a means to get …

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Retracing My Great-Uncle’s Footsteps in China

A Day in Timelessness I have never known life without him. My great-uncle, Bishop Henry Ambrose Pinger, O.F.M., returned to the United States the year I was born, having served as a missionary in China for 30 years. His humble, …

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A Brush with the Law

Columban Fr. Frank Hoare shares an excerpt from his diary: 11 August 1996 The drive from Ba, where I am stationed as assistant priest, to Suva takes well over four hours. Load-carrying trucks are one of the obstacles on the …

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