Chile is a country that has its beauty in so many diverse ways that for the two years I had journeyed with the Columbans there I realized there is more to learn about mission then just going out and preaching the Gospel to the people. A familiar site for missionaries are the boundaries that every missionary must learn to cross, one of the first ones is an attempt to achieve the boundary of language. For some countries it may take longer to learn, and others may be shorter.
You travel a long way from the United States of America to reach Australia which is accurately described as "Down Under." New Zealand is also "Down Under," a little bit further down to the south and east. It is significant for "Aussies" not to be identified as "Kiwis" and just as importantly for "Kiwis" not to be identified as "Aussies." In New Zealand lives a unique flightless bird called a kiwi, hence the name for New Zealanders. Together we form the Australia/New Zealand (ANZ) Region.
Journalists, writers, reporters, commentators will just have to curb their passion for speaking and exposing the truth if they want to continue to live. Too many end up a corpse in a cold dark morgue, silence their only companion. That is just the way it is in the Philippines and elsewhere. More than 146 journalists have been assassinated since 1986.
"Remember your last end," scripture admonishes us. Yet it seems that few people do, or maybe they remember when they attend a funeral or hear of a friend's death. "Like a drop of sea water, like a grain of sand, of are these few days among the days of eternity." (Sirach 18:8) When our days are overloaded with distractions, we block out the thought that one day we will not be here.
When the last group of Columban missionaries left Myanmar in 1979, they did so with heavy hearts.
Having spent a major part of their lives ministering to the Kachin tribe there, they had grown old, while some of them had developed health issues. Their sadness in saying goodbye was deepened by the fact that no one was coming to replace them; the military-socialist government had long decreed that no new missionaries were welcome. Therefore, both Columban missionaries as well as the Kachin tribe mourned the end of an era.
Archbishop Petero Mataca confirmed about 50 young people at Nabala (Fiji) today. As part of the preparation we priests had invited Beniamino, a blind dau ni vucu (composer) from Bua Vou Village to teach a meke (group dance). He stayed with us for about six weeks. I noticed that each time he
After 34 years of missionary work in Pakistan, I came to Rome at the end of 2011 to serve as the procurator-general of the Missionary Society of St. Columban. The Columbans have a residence in Rome called Collegio San Colombano for priests who are studying in Rome, for those who have official business and also for visitors. This is where I live.
The Columban Fathers' house in Bristol, Rhode Island, was a seminary for many years, but in the 1960's there were a few vacant priest rooms and a few retired Columbans moved in. Gradually the house changed from being a place where we trained our newest members to being a place where our oldest members live.
It was a hot, sunny day in February when we four seminarians and four lay people from the Columban Mission Collaborators (CMC) set out to prepare for a month of mission in the north of Lima, Peru. After seven hours of traveling we finally managed to reach the small town we would come to know as Jimbe, a small community of people comprised mainly of farmers.