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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
Ten months after the cyclone families are still living in tents and scraps put together to build dwellings.

Columban Companion in Mission

​Veidrala is located on the Northeast of Vitilevu under the province of Nakorotubu in Ra. It is a 2 ½ hours bus ride from Suva, the capital of Fiji, followed by another 45-minute boat ride to reach Veidrala.

The Village

By Paulo Rabakewa

June 1, 2017
Andrew (left) at a Ba market with yaqona root seller

A Visit to Fiji

The following is an account of a visit by Columban Fr. Seung Won Joseph and some Korean youth – including Columban candidates and seminarians – to a number of Columban parishes in Fiji during July 2016.

By Andrew Kwangbae Lee and Columban Fr. Seung Won Joseph

May 1, 2017


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