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Blessing and Official Opening of the Columban Mission Center

The official opening of the Columban Mission Center will take place on October 8, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. At the celebration, we will give thanks for the Mission Center in the Eucharist, asking God to bless our community, these structures …

Categories: Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, Juarez / El Paso |

The Roots of Violence

Violence is the dominant theme of the daily news around the world. In the Philippines a mini civil war is underway, and mass killing is the preferred method of crushing dissent and subduing opposition and the struggle for freedom and …

Categories: Philippines, September2011 |

Who Would Be a Priest?

On July 23, 2011, The Irish Times asked, “Who would be a priest?” Well, I am one, of some 50 years standing, so the question is relevant today. Catholic priesthood does not lift you out of or above human life, …

Categories: Peru, September2011 |

Hospitality

Recently I attended a three day residential conference of the Jewish Christian Muslim Association in Australia which explored the theme of hospitality in our three faiths. Each of the faiths in turn took responsibility for developing the theme by leading …

Categories: E-Newsletter, Philippines | 1 Comment

Last Man In and Last Man Out

Spanish Augustinian friars founded the town of Lingayen, the Philippines, in 1614 and established the parish in 1616, naming it Los Tres Reyes (The Three Kings). In 1740 the Dominicans took over the parish. They were obliged to leave the …

Categories: Front Feature, Magazine Archive, Philippines |

Lord, have mercy on our land

A letter from Kachin state in Myanmar Lord, have mercy on us in the civil war here in the Kachin State of the Union of Myanmar. Our lives stopped on June 3, 2011, when government forces and the Kachin Independent …

Categories: August 2011, Burma (Myanmar), E-Newsletter |

Combapata Catechetical Center in Combapata, Peru

In 2004, with your generous support, Columban Fr. Donald Hornsey was able to build the Combapata Catechetical Center in Combapata, Peru, which includes two classrooms and a dining room.  While the community remains economically poor, the people of Combapata generously …

Categories: August 2011, E-Newsletter, Peru |

Becoming More Missionary

My main contribution to our mission in China is facilitating overseas study for priests,  Sisters and laity from both the underground and the patriotic Catholic Church. I feel that in my present role in China I am more a missionary …

Categories: China, Front Feature, Magazine Archive |

Sacramentals – A Form of Mission

I am a blessings priest! I use the ritual with its numerous liturgical blessings and find it a powerful form of mission. As I write this, I have just come from blessing an expectant mother. After receiving the blessing she …

Categories: Front Feature, Japan, Magazine Archive |

A Loving Mother Fights for Her Babies

In hospitals and in the hovels of the poor, vulnerable and impoverished illiterate, mothers are hoodwinked into parting with their children under false pretexts and many never see them again. Here is one example of a court battle in which …

Categories: E-Newsletter, Philippines |