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Mission Exposure Program

From October 16-23, 2011, 9 students from the Creighton Center for Service and Justice visited the Columban Mission Center in El Paso, Texas. They learned about immigration, human rights, the environment in the context of the U.S.-Mexico Border. Upon their …

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To Dream Dreams: Turning a Vision into Reality

“Your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions” (Joel 3:1b). How wise was the prophet Joel! Well, I was once a young man with a vision. Now I am an older man, and the vision has …

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Pilgrims of Christ in Peru – Part One (7:15)

Documentary about the Columban Fathers mission work in Peru. In this first part narrates the social and political situation of Peru before the arrival of the first Columban and their subsequent integration to the work of the new Lima rapidly growing product of migration from the provinces.

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Pilgrims of Christ in Peru – Part Two (8:31)

Documentary about the Columban Fathers mission work in Peru. In this second part recounts the events following the military dictatorship of General Odria. Vatican II brought many changes to the church and the Columban were flagged these reforms denouncing injustice. In the 1980s raised the possibility of leaving Peru in the wake of the terrorist violence of the era.

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Pilgrims of Christ in Peru – Part Three (9:29)

Documentary about the Columban Fathers mission work in Peru. This documentary has three parts. In this third part recounts the events from the Columban General Assembly of 1982 to dispatch the first group of lay missionaries in Peru to work in the Philippines in 2007.

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St. Bernadette’s Children’s Center

St. Bernadette´s Children’s Center is a non-profit making organization, situated on a barren, poverty stricken hillside in the district of San Martin de Porres, Lima, Peru. Our main objective is to provide a safe and caring environment for the children …

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St. Bernadette’s Children’s Home

Although the Children’s Center can be seen from a long way off as it is perched precariously on top of a hillside, it is the sound of children playing that first gives an inkling as to the purpose of the …

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Going Home: A priest visits orphanage he once called home

It was the week before Holy Week when I received a phone call from Rosario Vargas, a volunteer worker at Puericultorio Pérez Aranibar, an orphanage for poor children in Peru. She was calling to inquire if I were free to …

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A Parish Football Team: Reaching out in a creative way

While the U.S. calls the game soccer, 180 million Brazilians and the rest of the world call it football. As a Columban missionary priest in Brazil, I know first-hand how much Brazilians love football.

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Accompanying Newcomers

Lima, Peru, is a city which has grown rapidly over the last 50 years from around one million inhabitants to nearly nine million. Thousands of new families are still coming in from the country or moving out from overcrowded suburbs closer to the city. There has been no overall city planning, with the result that the newcomers quickly buy or simply squat on empty lands, no matter how barren, sandy, rocky or sloping the terrain may be.

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