Magazine Story Archive

  • Good Friday in Japan March 24, 2016 55 Years Using Visual Aids When I was a very young priest just out of language school in Tokyo, my Japanese vocabulary was somewhat limited! To give me confidence and help me get the message across I used many visual aids in my classes with those preparing for Baptism. Gradually as my proficiency in the language ... Read More
  • A Mother’s Voice March 24, 2016 The Story of Yudi Tears flowed down the cheeks of Yudi’s face as he listened to the voice of his mother speaking through my cellular phone while he laid on his ICU (Intensive Care Unit) bed fighting for his life. I was filled with emotion and elated joy standing by his bedside when I knew for ... Read More
  • The Rainbow Community Receives Award March 24, 2016 The Rainbow Community, a foundation offering services to peoples with intellectual disabilities in South Korea, founded by Irish-born Columban Fr. Noel O’Neill, received the Manhae Award in the field of social service. The award ceremony took place in Inje County, Gangwondo province, South Korea, on Tuesday, August 12, 2015, at a site a stone’s throw ... Read More
  • You’re doing “life,” Father March 24, 2016 The Work of a Prison Chaplain On September 6, 2015, I celebrated Mass for the last time in prison. For the past 22 years I have been working as a prison chaplain in Western Australian jails. The prisoners used say to me: “You’re doing ‘life’, Father, just like some of us!” But now I realize that ... Read More
  • Sand, Water, Coal March 24, 2016 Parish Life in the Thar Parkar Desert The Thar Parkar Desert is situated in the southeast of Pakistan in Sindh province. It covers an area of 22,000 square kilometers with an estimated population of 1.5 million people and is one of the most densely populated deserts of the world. It is a place of beauty, especially ... Read More
  • The Blessings of Our Unstinting God March 24, 2016 Growing a Community I got off the minibus at the last stop on the hillside in Huaycan, on the outskirts of Lima, Peru. The road ended here so I walked on the unpaved sandy track up the hill, past the shacks that seemed to sprout on the bare slopes. Sand, dust, dirt. Not a blade of ... Read More
  • A Missionary in His Own Country March 24, 2016 Mission Promotion at Home Fr. Thomas Nan was ordained in 2002 and spent eight years in Peru as a Columban missionary. “When I was young I never knew the Columbans. I was an altar server in my parish and always thought I would become a diocesan priest. It was through a friend that I was introduced ... Read More
  • God has a plan, so be patient March 24, 2016 It’s hard to remind yourself to have faith every day. Especially when it comes to having patience or to being confident in God’s plan when it is unknown to you. I have found myself saying, “God has a plan,” a number of times over the last few years. My wife and I are in the middle ... Read More
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  • Becoming Divine November 18, 2015 There is a tiny moment at Mass when the priest, just before he offers the wine at the altar, adds a few drops of water to the chalice and prays in these startling words: “By the mystery of this water and wine may we become partakers in the divinity of Christ who humbled Himself to ... Read More