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The Quinlan Chalice

On May 9, 2017, newly ordained Columban Fr. Seok Jin-wook Antonio celebrated Mass for the first time at the Columban formation house in Seoul, South Korea. At that Mass he used the chalice which belonged to Bishop Tom Quinlan, one of the Columban pioneers in Korea. The chalice was a gift presented some 50 years ago by Pope Paul VI to Bishop Quinlan on the occasion of his golden jubilee.

Fr. Quinlan's chalice
The base of the chalice
Fr. Seok Jin-wook Antonio
Fr. Seok Jin-wook Antonio

Whatsoever You Do

When I was hungry, you gave me to eat;
when I was thirsty you gave me to drink.

Whatsoever you do to the least of my brethren, you do it to Me.
Come and enter the house of My Father.

When I was a stranger, you opened your doors;
when I was naked, you gave me clothes.

When I was tired, you gave me peace;
when I was frightened, you calmed me down.

When I was small, you taught me to read;
when I was lonely, you gave me your love.

I was in prison, you visited me;
When I was sick and you took care of me.

Choosing Him

Pope Francis has chosen the motto "Miserando atque eligendo," meaning lowly but chosen; literally in Latin "by having mercy, by choosing Him." I was reminded at a Lenten recollection facilitated by another Columban priest that only those who experienced real mercy will also be able to show so much mercy to others.

Choosing Him
Fr. Kurt with his mother and sisters
Seminarians have fun at a Columban ordination!

Reflections on Formation

In February 2015, I was appointed vice-rector to the Columban formation program in Korea. Just like any journey, my journey into formation ministry has been a step into the unknown. Along the way everything seemed new and, as a result, I felt anxious and excited at the same time. One of the major challenges which I expected was trying to get used to living in community with our seminarians, our rector, and our staff.

Frs. Jude and Joseph
Fr. Jude Waters the Garden

Prayer for Our Nation

Almighty God, Who has given us this good land for our heritage;
We humbly beg You that we may always prove ourselves
a people mindful of Your favor and glad to do Your will.

Bless our land with honorable ministry, sound learning, and pure manners.
Save us from violence, discord, and confusion,
from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way.

Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people,
the multitude of many tongues brought to our shores.

Pious Invocation

We adore you, O Christ,
and we bless you;
because by your Cross
you have redeemed the world.

Heart of Jesus,
I place all my trust in you.

Sweet Heart of Mary,
be my salvation!

Jesus, Mary, Joseph,
I give you my heart and my soul.

Jesus, Mary, Joseph,
assist me in my last agony.

Jesus, Mary, Joseph,
may I breathe out my soul with you in peace.

Prayer for Fallen Soldiers

Dear Lord Jesus and Mary, Mother of God,
Hold all these brave souls in the palm of your hand,
comfort them and their families.

Send angels of protection, love, and comfort
to all the service men and women still at war,
bring them home safely and comfort their families.
We ask all our prayers in Jesus' name.

Amen.

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