Magazine Story Archive

  • Like the Lotus November 1, 2016 Beauty Rises Going on mission to Hong Kong in 1976 was both an exciting adventure and a shock to the system. Moving from the wide-open spaces, the peace and tranquility of a small Irish town to the closely packed high-rises, the noise, the over-crowded streets, was a new experience for me. Studying and struggling to speak ... Read More
  • The Joy of Encountering God’s Presence November 1, 2016 Erl in the AndesA Missionary’s Journey in the Andes Since childhood I have been fascinated with geography. At times I would build different islands and mountains on the seashore and imagined myself at the top of them. It was a lifelong dream for me to travel from one place to another, but being in Peru was far beyond my ... Read More
  • Men of the Road November 1, 2016 men-road-2Strange Requests I call this article “men of the road” because in all my years in Japan, only one woman came to me looking for a handout. I was once advised to refuse all such requests for three months after I went into a new parish, or I would end up with an endless stream of ... Read More
  • Faith Flourishes on Jeju Island, Korea November 1, 2016 Church at JejuHallim Parish The Paris Foreign Mission Society handed over pastoral responsibility for Jeju Island to the Columban Fathers in 1933. At that time it had two small parishes, one in the north and one in the south of the island. The Japanese occupied Korea until 1945 when they were expelled at the end of World War ... Read More
  • To Go or Stay November 1, 2016 Over the course of nearly 100 years, Columban missionaries have been caught up in major wars and insurrections in the countries where we live and serve. Columbans and other missionaries have grappled with the question to go or stay in times of crisis. Columbans had been in the parish of Huasahuasi in the Andes (Peru) for ... Read More
  • Celebrating St. Columban’s 1400th Anniversary November 1, 2016 meke (dance) about St. ColumbanCelebrating in Fiji Style St. Columban, a great Irish missionary monk, died in 615 A.D. in Bobbio, Italy. Columban missionaries (who have St. Columban as their patron) have worked in Fiji since 1952. But being a Society of Apostolic Life rather than a religious congregation, they identified themselves mainly as diocesan priests and did not make ... Read More
  • Crayons for Kids October 1, 2016 crayons-1No Education for Poor Children My name is Louis Ybanez, and I am a Columban seminarian from the Philippines. As a part of my formation to be a missionary priest, I have been assigned for a two year hands-on experience to the Columban parish at the town of Matli, in the arid Sindh province in the ... Read More
  • The “Hyun-jang” Eucharist October 1, 2016 hyun-jang-eucharistMakeshift Altars Each Monday at 7:00 p.m. in Seoul, Korea, believers come to celebrate the Eucharist in Kwang Hwa Mun Plaza in the center of Seoul. They come to the site where members of the families bereaved in Korea’s worst maritime accident continue their protest demanding justice. They come to celebrate Mass and express solidarity with ... Read More
  • One in His Image October 1, 2016 Beth at a migrant rally in Taiwan.My Pilgrimage in Interreligious Dialogue My pilgrimage in – indeed conversion to – interreligious dialogue started even before I learned the phrase interreligious dialogue. Both my parents were from Luzon in the north of the Philippines but, in 1946 soon after World War II, my father decided to migrate south to the mostly Muslim island of ... Read More
  • Signs of Hope October 1, 2016 Each one of us will have our own memories of the events that touched and made an impression on us this year. We have experienced the mass movement of refugees fleeing war, poverty and violence seeking a more secure environment which they would hope to call home. One cannot help but be touched by the ... Read More
  • Kindness and Generosity October 1, 2016 kindness-generosityTreat Others with Respect and Dignity It is difficult for us in Myanmar (Burma) to get visas so we have to leave and go to Bangkok, Thailand, frequently to renew our visas. Bangkok is very highly developed with its high rise buildings, cars and buses crawling at a snail’s pace and sidewalks crowded with people. I ... Read More