Please Pray for Columban Sister Kathleen Melia

On March 1, 2017, Columban Sr. Kathleen Melia was assaulted around 9 PM just outside her home in the mountain town of Midsalip. She had gone outside to close the wooden louvers that covered the windows. When she opened the …

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100 Points of Light – 1945

By 1945, after unimaginable loss of life and property, the Second World War was at long last nearing its end. But the fighting was still killing people all over the world, and the Columban Fathers would not escape this bloodshed. …

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The Hem of His Robe

The historic visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines gives most of us an opportunity to pause and reflect on our own missionary journey, for we all are truly called to be missionary. The Philippines, despite being largely Christian today, …

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Greetings from Manila.

Our annual Subanen Christmas party and reunion was on Dec 20. About 16 past and present Subanen crafters showed up with family members – about 90 souls in all. After years of organizing this event we have come to know …

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A Filipino Christmas

Here in the Philippines, I normally hear my first Christmas carol around September each year. As soon as the monsoon season, with its typhoons and floods, begins to taper off, people start looking forward to Christmas. By the time October …

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The Christmas season is upon us once again!

The Christmas season is upon us once again! We once again open our hearts and minds to the Light, the Wisdom and the Humility of Our Savior. Here in the Philippines the Christmas season begins anytime after September. First one …

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Thank you for the Special Needs School in Ozamis City, the Philippines

Columban Fr. Oliver McCrossan and Virgie Vidad send a thank you to everyone who helped the Speical Needs School purchase a computer set, vestibular balls, crayons, notebooks and papers along with providing an allowance for transportation of children with disabilities.

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CELL Experience

My Name is Mercy Gawason. My Subanen ancestors were the first humans to occupy Zamboanga peninsula in Northwestern Mindanao, the Philippines. In the old days we survived by foraging in the forests and later by growing corn and root crops …

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I Walked with the Saints

Now that Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII have been canonized Saints, I suppose I can now say that I walked with a saint, I talked with a saint and I photographed a saint, just as thousands have …

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Philippine Cardinal thanks Columban Missionaries

Columban missionaries have been thanked for their missionary work in the Philippines by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila. He spoke on March 14, 2014, at a special Mass in the Columbans’ Manila house with the Columban international leadership, …

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