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July 6, 2018

My Queen and my Mother,
I give myself entirely to you;
and to show my devotion to you,
I consecrate to you this day my eyes,
my ears, my mouth, my heart,
my whole being without reserve.
Wherefore, good Mother,
as I am your own,
keep me, guard me,
as your property and possession.


July 5, 2018

Sanjeong Dong in Mokpo was both a parish and also the headquarters of the Columban mission in the southwest province of Chollanamdo in Korea in the 1940s. The pastor was Columban Fr. Tom Cusack and his assistant Columban Fr. John O'Brien. Monsignor Patrick Brennan was the superior, a big humorous man and a natural leader.

July 5, 2018

In You, O God, I put my trust.

In you, O God, I have experienced Your grace.
My trust and confidence come from knowing You, O Lord.
It is the reason I have confidence in Your goodness, O Lord.

July 4, 2018

Eternal God, stir our minds
and stimulate our hearts
with a high sense of patriotism
on this Fourth of July.
May all that this day symbolizes
renew our faith in freedom,
our devotion to democracy,
and redouble our efforts to keep
a government of the people,
by the people,
and for the people
truly alive in our world.

July 3, 2018
Joan with the CAIF team

God calls us in unique and different ways. Before I became a Columban lay missionary, I was happy working in my diocese for nine years. But somehow, I had this feeling that God was calling me for something more. Through prayer, God lead me to where I am now, a Columban lay missionary, living in Taiwan, and working in the migrant ministry to witness and experience God's love.

July 3, 2018

Loving God, on the eve of our Nation’s birthday,
grant that we may renew our resolve
to dedicate ourselves to ushering in
an era when good will shall live
in the hearts of a free people,
justice shall be the light to guide their feet,
and peace shall be the goal of humankind:
to the glory of your holy name

July 2, 2018
Reina Mosqueda (center) with fellow Lay Missionaries Sherryl Lou Capili (left) and Joan Yap (right) in Taiwan in 2014.

Before I become a lay missionary, I was a full-time volunteer at Jesuit Volunteer of the Philippines (JVP). One of JVP's aims is to send volunteers for a year of service to marginalized communities and areas with greatest need.

July 2, 2018
Stanley Prison, Hong Kong

Apart from my General Council work, I have found myself unofficial chaplain to foreign inmates in five Hong Kong prisons. Many are Christians from Africa and South America, but there are a significant number of Muslims too from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.

July 2, 2018

Catholic Church leaders have spoken out to condemn the brutal killing of a young priest, Father Mark Anthony Ventura, 37, from Gattaran town in the province of Cagayan on April 29, 2018. Father Mark was shot by an assassin on the outskirts of Gattaran town after celebrating the Eucharistic Mass. He was blessing children and chatting to the members of the parish choir when he was shot dead.

July 2, 2018

My God, I believe in You;
please strengthen my faith.
All my hopes are in You;
please secure them.
I love You with my whole heart;
teach me to love You daily more and more.
If I I have offended You; increase my sorrow.


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Columban logoThe Columbans are a society of missionaries, including priests and lay people, who minister to people of various cultures as a way of witnessing to the universal love of God.

We go in the name of the Church to announce, by deed and word, the Good News of Jesus Christ.

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Missionary Society of St. Columban
P.O. Box 10
St, Columbans, NE 68056
Phone: 877-299-1920
Fax: 402-291-4984