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December 2, 2019
The "original crafters and Fr. Vinnie in 2001

The Subanens are an indigenous people whose ancestral habitat is the highlands of northwest Mindanao in the Philippines. When the Columban Fathers arrived in Mindanao in 1938 we took little notice of the Subanens because we were so engaged in a full schedule of parish pastoral activities which included dozens of far flung barrio communities.

December 2, 2019

A couple of years ago, before starting the Christmas Mass, in a chapel in the southern area of the archdiocese of Santiago, Chile, a family arrived with their children. One of the children brought a teddy bear and when I was greeting them, at the entrance of the church, I decided to greet his teddy bear.

December 2, 2019
Subanen Crafters and Fr. Vinnie outside their New Workshop

By Fr. Vinnie Busch

December 2, 2019

By Fr. Charlie O'Rourke

December 2, 2019

Jesus, our Lord, save me from my sins.
Come, protect me from all dangers and lead me to salvation.

Come! Wisdom of our God Most High,
guiding creation with power and love:
teach me to walk in the paths of knowledge!

Come! Leader of ancient Israel,
giver of the Law of Moses on Sinai:
rescue me with Your might power!

December 1, 2019



December 1, 2019

Lord, give me the courage to disarm my heart
from the feelings of anger, resentment and revenge
that foster so much pain and division in my life.
Instill within me a spirit of gratitude and joy that
I may become Your instruments of peace and reconciliation
wherever and whenever conflicts arise.

November 30, 2019

Brother of Simon Peter,
you heard John the Baptist say:
"Behold the Lamb of God,"
and you chose to follow Jesus.
Leaving your nets,
you became a successful fisher of souls.
Lover of the Crucified Christ,
you too were crucified like him.
Teach us to live and suffer for Him
and to win many souls for Christ.


November 29, 2019

As a little child,
I loved you like a mother.
Now that I am old,
my love for you has grown.
Receive me in heaven
as one of the blessed,
and I will proclaim
that I have obtained
such a great prize
through your patronage.


November 28, 2019

Father all-powerful,
Your gifts of love are countless
and Your goodness infinite.
On Thanksgiving Day we come before You
with gratitude for Your kindness:
open our hearts to concern for our fellow men and women,
so that we may share Your gifts in loving service.


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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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