Magazine Story Archive

  • Breaking the Bonds of Poverty March 1, 2017 breaking-bonds-poverty-1Education is Key My name is Sr. Young Mi Choi, and I live and work in the parish of Cristo Liberador, (Christ the Liberator), one of twelve parishes which comprise the district of San Juan de Lurigancho in the eastern part of Lima, Peru, in the foothills of the Andes. It is one of the most ... Read More
  • Compassionate Mission March 1, 2017 I still have vivid memories of my first awakening in Lima, Peru, on June 24, 1971. The population all around our mission was made up of thousands of Peruvians from the highlands, who had ventured to the coastal cities looking for a better life for their children. Living in bamboo huts, without light, water, sewer, ... Read More
  • A Gift from the Beggar February 1, 2017 beggarA Surprise Encounter The other day I walked out of the church after Mass. There is a group of beggars there at the gate of St. Peter’s Church. Sometimes they are hunted away by the authorities, but they tend to drift back. They have been around for years and know me quite well. Sometimes I ride ... Read More
  • Immigrant February 1, 2017 immigrant.Culprit, Casualty or Contributor? In the not-too-distant past it was almost impossible to get governments and institutions to discuss immigration and immigrant issues. It wasn’t as if immigration wasn’t happening. Nations that were losing the energy band in their societies were silent rather than admit their failure to offer citizens access to their economies. Receiving nations were ... Read More
  • The Children’s Center of Yanaoca February 1, 2017 hp-2-17-childrens-centerA Safe Place to Realize Dreams The Columban missionaries began their work in Peru in 1951 and continue working throughout the country today. While Peru is a beautiful country, rich in culture and history and was once the center of the Incan empire, over 44 percent of the population currently lives below the poverty line. Many ... Read More
  • Holy Week at Emmaus February 1, 2017 holy-week-3Unbridled Enthusiasm While at my age being the main celebrant at the Holy Week ceremonies can be very demanding on a worn out body, it is more than compensated by experiencing first hand the fervor and the enthusiasm of our people with special needs. In fact I begin to envy them,as they appear to be much ... Read More
  • A Woman in Distress February 1, 2017 woman-distressEasy Disappearance When I instructed catechumens in Japan, I spent the first year dealing with ordinary catechetical matters. After Baptism we studied St. Luke’s Gospel and Acts. I chose Luke because he was a foreigner writing for foreigners, and also in Acts we have the history of the early church. I always assigned a Catholic to ... Read More
  • Parched Spirits February 1, 2017 Fr. Tim MulroyFrom the Director Like the air we breathe, water is essential for our life and well-being. The average person here in the U.S. uses 80-100 gallons in a variety of ways throughout each day. Indeed, water is so intertwined with our everyday life that we generally take this precious gift for granted, and pause to reflect ... Read More
  • Hope Experience February 1, 2017 hope-experienceValue Without Judgement It’s been nearly six years since I arrived in Birmingham, England, as a Columban lay missionary. When I first came to this country, I honestly thought that I was going to give more and that people would learn more from me. The reality is that I receive and learn more from them. Through the ... Read More
  • Five Days February 1, 2017 five-days-4A Journey of Trust and Hope We were told that we would be spending about five days in Agoo (the Philippines). We were all excited except that we had to walk for five days from Malolos, Bulacan, to Agoo, La Union, without money for food or renting a room. We would have to beg from people ... Read More
  • Ordination in Chile! February 1, 2017 ordination-2The Next Generation In June 2016 I traveled with Columban Fr. Charles Duster to Santiago, Chile, for the ordination of two Columban seminarians, Rafael Salazar and Gonzalo Diaz. When I spoke with Rafael days before his ordination, he had been preparing and studying with the Columbans for 12 years. One of the most interesting aspects of a Columban ... Read More