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Letter from Fr. Sinnott on his return to the Philippines

Fr. Mick Sinnott started a center for children with special needs, called the Hangop Kabataan Foundation, in 1998, in Pagadian City, Philippines. The school serves dozens of children with differing abilities and special needs, including the severely challenged and deaf. …

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The Big Columban Family: Formation Highlights

Fr. Thomas Seungwon Nam, Rector of the formation program in the Korean Region, provides the following update about life in the formation house in Seoul: While many of us have had an “Is it over?” experience, an experience or change …

Categories: Korea Updates, Vocations Pages |

Catholicism in Korea: The Evolution of Mission

South Korea is a nation that looks and feels rich, peaceful and confi dent. The claim to a prosperous future is tangible, although some imagination is needed to appreciate the political and economic changes that have taken place over recent …

Categories: Korea Updates, Reflection Writings |

Responses to Chile prison fire

Fr. Michael Hoban, Columban missionary priest from the U.S. and Vicar for the southern zone of Santiago, asks the local Church to pray for victims of the recent prison fire. The Vicar of the southern zone of Santiago, Chile, Fr. …

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Mission Today in Korea

Over the last five years my work in Korea involved visiting parishes to talk about mission and invite people to join in Columban mission. During those visits I inevitably met people whose lives had been touched by Columbans. Fr. Donal …

Categories: Korea Updates, Reflection Writings |

From Wilderness to Vineyard: The Evangelization of Jeju Island

Fr. Patrick McGlinchey, a native of Donegal, Ireland, has spent all his missionary life on the Island of Jeju about eighty miles off the southern coast of South Korea. Fr. McGlinchey finds the island a good place to live, with …

Categories: Korea Updates |

The Old and the New: Columbans Then and Now

In 2008, Columbans in Korea celebrated the 75th anniversary of their arrival in the country. The first group of ten Columbans arrived in the port of Busan on the last Sunday in October 1933, the feast of Christ the King. …

Categories: Front Feature, Korea Updates |

Of Swords and Scholars: Working Toward Acceptance

In the middle of a prominent intersection in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, is a large modern sculpture known as “the three swords.” The founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, spoke of the three “swords” of faith, unity and discipline. Fr. …

Categories: Pakistan Updates |

Room at the Inn

A Shelter for HIV/AIDS Patients Columban Sr. Miriam Cousins began her ministry in Korea in 1971 and today is working with AIDS patients in a number of shelters she set up to accommodate them. Her original intention was to counsel …

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Across the Divide: Missionaries In Their Own Land

Three Korean couples, who have been friends of mine for years, came to visit me while I was on holiday in Ireland a few years ago. As I was showing them around my own area in Conamara one day I …

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