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My Mission Journey in Fiji

I arrived in Fiji as a Columban lay missionary in August 2017. Once in Fiji, I studied the language for three months. Studying a new language for the first time in my whole life was not an easy task for me! I’m so thankful that with Gods’ providence, I was able to manage and survive it!

By Lilly Faunillan
August 19, 2019

A Stranger in a Strange Land

Being a stranger in a foreign land wasn’t always easy, in terms of learning and adopting not only the language and local dialect but also the culture.

By Jennifer (Jake) Lunor
August 6, 2019


Losana Ve'ehala of Tonga passed away unexpectedly at the Columban lay missionary house in Suva, Fiji, on Sunday, December 10, 2017. Tongan Fr. Taukei, in his homily at the house, asked us "Why did she die in Suva, why did she die with the Columbans?"

Fr. Donal McIlraith

July 16, 2018
President and Mrs. Konrote with the ordination group

Ordination in Fiji

It was a personal joy for me to attend the ordination of Pat Roland Visanti in Suva on St. Columban's Day 2017. It coincided with the opening of the Society's Centennial Year.

Fr. Donal McIlraith

July 10, 2018
Fr. Donal McIlraith watches the festivities with friends

Dancing the Centennial Fiji Style

It all started about three months ago when catechist Timoci Matakiviwa turned up on our doorstep offering to compose a Centennial Meke for us. The Meke is the traditional Fijian dance. Columban Frs.

Fr. Donal McIlraith July 1, 2018
The ordination of Fr. Pat Visanti

A New Rotuman Priest

Pat Visanti was born and raised a Methodist on the island of Rotuma. Rotuma is both an island and a nation. It is about 400 miles north of Fiji and, even though ethnically and linguistically different from Fiji, was made part of Fiji during the colonial period.

Fr. Donal McIlraith

June 4, 2018
Easter eggs

Easter Eggs at Veidrala

Veidrala village lies on the Northen coast of Nakorotubu in Ra, Fiji. The village had 85 houses before cyclone Winston and the deadly storm damaged 80 and left only five where the villagers took shelter.

Josfa Vasakula

April 2, 2018

Who Can Really See?

An excerpt from Columan Fr. Frank Hoare’s diary dated April 14, 1978               

Fr. Frank Hoare March 1, 2018
A Hundred Years Young

A Hundred Years Young

We Columbans will celebrate our centenary from November 2017 to November 2018. This reflects the fact that we were canonically recognized as a missionary Society by Bishop O'Dea of Galway, Ireland, on June 29, 1918, the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.

Fr. Donal McIlraith

February 25, 2018
Columban Fr. Charles Duster (center) at the Fiji Solevu Catholic mission

65 Years in the Windswept Islands

My most vivid memory of 30 years in Fiji is that of drifting at sea in a storm. It was January 2003, and Cyclone Ami had done great damage in the north. I was taking food to the island of Rabi. Fr.

Fr. Donal McIlraith

February 24, 2018

The Piglet that Wouldn't Grow

I did a funeral in a small village near Dogoru a few months ago. The villagers very generously offered me some mats, dalo (an edible root similar to taro) and a live piglet. The mats could be sold for the parish and the priests and sisters could eat the dalo but what to do with the piglet?

Fr. Frank Hoare February 1, 2018
Fiji Diary

An Excerpt from a Fiji Diary

This evening, I had a good chat with Sukh Deo as we drank yaqona together. Sukh Deo is Hindu, but his wife and children are Catholic. They live in an interior settlement, far from town.

Fr. Frank Hoare

November 15, 2017

Beware of a Holy Man's Curse!

Columban Fr. Frank Hoare shared this page from his missionary diary:

April 16, 1992

Fr. Frank Hoare

October 30, 2017

My Experiences as a Columban Lay Missionary

Before sharing some memories of my experience as a lay missionary, I would like to thank the Columban Fathers for giving me the opportunity to live one of the greatest life experiences I have ever had.

By Judith Condor

October 16, 2017


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We go in the name of the Church to announce, by deed and word, the Good News of Jesus Christ.

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