Monthly Archives: July 2013

Final Reflection

It is hard to believe that it is my last week as an intern at the CCAO. After being here for two months, it is difficult to write in short form just how much I have learned and taken away …

Categories: Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, Environmental Justice, Intern Blog |

Lord of the Nations

Lord of the nations, we pray for the people of the world. Grant that they may receive your peace and a sense of the richness of life that comes through your abundant gifts. From the Missionary Society of St. Columban

Categories: Pray, Weekly Prayer-Quench Spiritual Thirst |

A Confident Goodbye

As my time in Washington, D.C. comes to a close I keep thinking about one of my favorite prayers “Fall in Love” by Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ.  The prayer’s last two lines urge us to, “fall in Love, stay in …

Categories: Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, Intern Blog, Migration |

Stepping Stones

Each week in the CCAO office, one of us takes the lead on a community prayer and/or activity. Looking back on the past eight weeks, it is these Monday lunchtime meetings that I remember as the most peaceful reflections during …

Categories: Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, Intern Blog, Peace & Conflict Resolution |

Zero Tolerance for Sexual Exploitation

The young women, allegedly victims of sexual abuse by government officials stationed at Philippine embassies in the Middle East, were being interviewed by Philippine media. They had their heads and faces completely covered with black cloth and wore dark glasses …

Categories: Philippines |

Liturgy and Life in Lower Hutt

I was invited to attend the awards night for Sacred Heart College in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, recently. This has been a big year for the school as it celebrated its centenary. The college has also played its part in …

Categories: General Information, Regions |

Lessons To Be Passed On

On Sunday I took a trip (my third to be exact) to the Smithsonian American Indian museum. I had time to look at the exhibits and reflect on the teachings from my tribe, the Sault Ste Marie Chippewa. There is …

Categories: Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, Intern Blog |

Update from Fiji

The church and nation of Fiji literally came to a standstill on Saturday, June 8, 2013, for the ordination of the new Archbishop of Suva, Peter Loy Chong, son of a Chinese immigrant and a part-Chinese, part-Fijian mother. Bishop Loy …

Categories: Fiji |

Water for Life

The Parkari Kohlis are a low caste Hindu Tribal People whose homeland is located in the south east of Pakistan, in the Thar Parkar Desert whose center is the small town of Nagar Parkar. It is just three miles from …

Categories: Magazine Archive |

Inspiration to Light the World

This week Nelson Mandela celebrated his 95th birthday. The world celebrated Mandela Day to honor and recognize his passion against injustice and his achievements in inspiring a fairer and united world. In one of Mandela’s speeches he said, “Like slavery …

Categories: Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, Intern Blog |