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May 1, 2017

Fr. Tim Mulroy

As a teenager I browsed whatever reading materials were left around my home: Sunday newspapers that my father enjoyed; novels that my older brother and sisters considered worthwhile; and religious magazines that my mother read at the end of her busy days. These materials expanded the horizons of my world and beckoned me to explore the strange but fascinating world that adults inhabited.

Stories about missionaries in far-off lands that I occasionally read in the religious magazines were uniquely fascinating. They awakened in me a sense of awe and adventure. Whatever the circumstances, missionaries everywhere …

May 1, 2017
Statue of St. Anthony on its palaquin

St. Anthony is a favorite saint of South Indian Catholics. Today I celebrated his feast with the mainly Indo-Fijian congregation at Raviravi, a rural settlement on Fiji’s main island. A South Indian Catholic, known as Tambi, had built a small thatched church in his honor. Later in the 1960s Fr. John Mahoney, a Columban from the U.S., had the present church constructed. St. Anthony’s feast is the high point of the Church year in Raviravi.

May 1, 2017

One of the many gifts and blessings I experience in the United States as I travel during the summer for the church appeals is the universality of the Church and meeting people from the different ethnic groups from Eastern Europe, Latin and Central America and Asia.

May 1, 2017

Fifty years ago I was pastor of an "old Christian" community on Amakusa Island in the far south of Japan. By "old Christian" I mean that a Jesuit missionary, Fr. Luis Almeida, founded the parish in 1566. Then the Tokugawa daimyo government expelled or executed all missionaries.

April 30, 2017

O God, Who has given us a royal priesthood, we beseech You, 
that as Blessed Joseph was found worthy
to touch with his hands, 
and to bear in his arms, 
Your only-begotten Son, 
born of the Virgin Mary, 
so may we be made fit, 
by cleanness of heart and blamelessness of life, 
to minister at Your holy altar; may we, this day, 

April 29, 2017

O most blessed Virgin Mary, 
mother most loving and most merciful, 
I, a miserable and unworthy sinner come before you, 
with the heartfelt prayer, 
that of your loving kindness 
you would grant graciously to be near me 
and all who throughout the whole Church 
are to receive the body and blood of your Son this day, 

April 28, 2017

Mindful then, O Lord, 
of Your worshipful Passion, 
I approach Your Altar, 
sinner though I am, 
to join in the offering to You 
that Sacrifice which You have instituted
to be offered in remembrance of You for our well-being. 
Receive it, I ask You, 
O God most High, 
for Your holy Church, 

April 28, 2017
Columban Fr. Vincent J. Power

In 1982, a Columban General Assembly of representatives from all countries where Columbans lived and ministered, discussed the need for new missions for the Society. Catholic dioceses in a number of countries had asked the Columbans for help. After much discussion, the Columban leadership made the decision to begin new missions in the English-speaking countries of Belize and Jamaica.

April 27, 2017

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Once again, thank you for your support.

Gratefully yours in Christ,

Fr. Timothy Mulroy

 

 

April 27, 2017

For You have mercy upon all, O Lord, 
and hate nothing that You have made. 
Remember how frail our nature is, 
and that You are our Father and our God. 
Do not be angry with us forever, 
and do not shut Your tender mercies in displeasure. 
For it is not for our just works 
that we present our prayers before Your face, 

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