Magazine Story Archive

  • God’s Present to Us December 1, 2016 Fr. Timothy MulroyFrom the Director Like the majority of Columban missionaries, it is usual for me to spend the Christmas season far from my family. For many years I had dreamt of the joy that I would experience if I could go home just once and join with family members for Mass at our local church, then gather ... Read More
  • In the Name of the Trinity, I am a Missionary December 1, 2016 Columban lay missionaries Jen (left) and Luda in South Korea.A Messenger of His Love I am not a writer, but I’m writing this reflection for myself and for others hopefully to be enlightened more about the Trinity’s love and God’s desire for each one of us to become a messenger of His love and the Holy Spirit, who is the Giver of Life. I’ve always believed ... Read More
  • Silent Night December 1, 2016 silent-nightHow was it that Columban priest, Fr. Dick Ranaghan, spurred Bing Crosby into making his first record of Silent Night? Fr. Ranaghan was already a priest when in 1917 he joined the fledgling organization that soon became known as the Missionary Society of St. Columban. From the outset it was clear that he had a special ... Read More
  • Mother of Devine Mercy Village December 1, 2016 Residents at the villageA New Opportunity On the night of December 16, 2011, a sendong or typhoon struck the northern coast of Mindanao, the main southern island of the Philippines. Such was the ferocity of the typhoon that 12,000 families were left homeless while about 1,800 people lost their lives along the coastal areas of Cagayan de Oro. It was ... Read More
  • Responding to the Lord’s Call November 1, 2016 Fr. Timothy MulroyFrom the Director A few years ago my priest companion in the Columban international seminary in Chicago, Fr. Leo Distor, and I were invited to join a pilgrimage in the footsteps of St. Columban. However, as we made our various preparations one major obstacle appeared: we could not find another Columban priest who was available to ... Read More
  • Bizarre Incidents November 1, 2016 bazarre-incidentsReaching out to Others Thinking back on my life in South Korea, there was the humdrum of daily living along with surprises and the excitement that went with being part of new things happening and those challenges. I went there about six years after the Korean War was over so the scene in the country was ... Read More
  • The Detour November 1, 2016 good-news-abounds-1Better than the Planned Route I just came from town for a visit with an Indian family and sat down on the very comfortable chair in the mission house. In a little while Auntie Bebie comes, shouting “Lata, we will go tonight to the Hindu family who invited you.” I feel so tired and do not ... Read More
  • Good News Abounds November 1, 2016 good-news-abounds-2Celebrating Faith in China It would be a disservice to truth for me not to acknowledge that there have been and are serious challenges for religious and civil society in China from sections of the State as well as the ever increasing lures of consumerism. But my sense is that too much Catholic media time is ... Read More
  • Called to Serve November 1, 2016 Erl (in the peach colored shirt) and friends in LimaMy First Parish Ministry in Lima That encounter inspired me to be more with the people with my true self. You don’t have to pretend because people would notice it. People would be grateful to you if you stay true to yourself by means of accepting your limitations and utilizing your gifts. I began to widen ... Read More
  • Columban Mission in the Atacama Desert November 1, 2016 The Inca flag flies at the entrance of Alto Hospicio.Korean Priests in Chile On a September morning in 2014, I arrived in Iquique in northern Chile on a flight from Santiago. I was coming to visit the Korean Associates who work with the Columbans in a parish in the new city of Alto Hospicio which has formed in the hills above Iquique. It has grown ... Read More
  • Zootopia November 1, 2016 zootopiaMy Reflections on the Journey Ever since I returned to Korea, people have asked me, “How old are you?” “Why don’t you dye your gray hair?” whether I’m at the market or waiting at a bus station. And my response would be: “It has already been dyed by God, in a natural way, so why do ... Read More