Chile

Reflection on the Journey

As a Columban lay missionary, I have been working and living in a community in Puente Alto near Santiago, Chile. I work in a parish named after St. Andrew Kim, the first Korean saint. I live in a house with …

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Valparaiso in the Flames, Poverty and Inequality

Valparaiso, one of the major shipping ports in Chile was struck by its worst fire in recent centuries on the weekend of 12th April 2104. The Columbans have been working in the port city since 1992. The area affected by the …

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Tragedy in Valparaiso, Chile

On the afternoon of April 12th a forest fire was initiated in the upper regions of the port city of Valparaiso, Chile.  The rapid spreading of the fire to populated areas was caused by climatic conditions of high temperatures, low …

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Chile Earthquake Update

We share the testimony of Columban Fr. Miguel Howe in Chile following the earthquake: Last night at 20:45 pm when he sang the last song of the Mass, a strong earthquake of 8.2 on the Richter scale that hit northern …

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One Call to Mission

Rafael Ramirez Salazar, a Columban seminarian from Chile writes: I feel that both God and the mission call me.  I cannot identify precisely the source of this call.  It comes from deep within me, and I experience it as one …

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The Carnival and March for Water Rights in Chile

The Columban JPIC Office in Chile was part of a coalition and a key leader in the efforts to organize an Earth Week March and Carnival to Recuperate Water Rights. More than 100 organizations and 6000 people participated in the …

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Looking Toward the Future

Conversations with Columban Seminarians Rafael Ramirez Salazar is from Temuco, Chile, just over 500 kilometers south of Santiago, and is in his seventh year of the ten year initial formation program. All of us have a call from God, and …

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Shapes of Solidarity

Columban Contributions to the Life of the Chilean Church I met Fr. Pat Eagan while passing through Santiago, Chile, in May 2011. In my memory of Columbans in Latin America, which only goes back to 1968 when I first arrived …

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Overcoming a Deadly Contradiction

Overcoming a Deadly Contradiction By Fr. Robert Mosher More than 500 years have passed since the arrival of the first Christians on the shores of the American continents, and the Church has experienced both pains and joys, through the periods …

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Make a Difference

Alto Hospicio, Chile, is a boomtown. But in the city’s Columban parish of Sagrado Corazón de Jesús (Sacred Heart of Jesus), more than two-thirds of the families are headed by single mothers living in extreme poverty. To survive, these women …

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