February 2020

Giving a Daughter to Mission

Last year, in December, I had the opportunity to attend the mission-sending Mass for Hazel Jean Angwani at Santa Rita de Cascia Mission Station in Bontoc, Montain Province, Philippines.

By Mavic Mercene
February 28, 2020

I Would Like to Remain

Time flies! As I write this, it is October again, but I did not notice since the time passed by so quickly. By now, I am already almost one-and-a-half years in my country of origin, the Philippines. Actually, it was not part of the original plan of the Columbans that I would be here.

By Gertrudes "Ger" C. Samson
February 26, 2020
Pilgrimage to the shrine of St. Alberto Hurtado

Seeds of Hope

August is the month of solidarity in the Archdiocese of Santiago. Each year, there is a pilgrimage of young people to the Shrine of St. Alberto Hurtado S.J., the great social apostle of Chile. This year, 20,000 young people walked through the streets of Santiago to pay homage to St.

By Fr. Michael Hoban
February 24, 2020

I'm Still Henry

In March this year I was one of a group from the Region of Peru to attend a Columban meeting in Santiago, Chile. It was a joint meeting between the Columban regions of Peru and Chile.

By Fr. Colin McLean
February 21, 2020
Fr. Frank, with Lilian (left) and Vitalina (right)

Losing Weight

Fiji has the highest incidence of diabetes in the world. More than one third of the population suffers from it. It is a lifestyle disease. Fijian men were able to eat big meals of local root crops and vegetables in the past, because they walked a lot and worked hard in their gardens. But nowadays most get transported around and live sedentary lives while eating processed foods as heartily as before.

Fr. Frank Hoare
February 19, 2020

What a Surprise!

Returning home for a seminary break is interesting. I usually see it as a great time for relaxation and enjoyment. But I have discovered that it is more than that.

By Ella Poasa
February 17, 2020

My Journey

Being a stranger in a foreign land wasn’t always easy, in terms of learning and adopting their respective culture and of course the same goes with the dialect that they speak. That was what came to my mind even before I landed in Fiji.

by Jennifer "Jake" Lunor
February 12, 2020

Faith in the City

Over recent decades Irish society has been transformed by the number of people who have come from all over the world to make their lives here. They have brought with them a rich diversity of cultures and a diversity of faith communities.

By Michael O'Sullivan
February 10, 2020

Freely You Have Received

“What are you doing in Taiwan?,” my friends would ask. “Oh, I work at the HIV/AIDS Center.” “What? What did you say?” My friends were confused by my answer and couldn’t understand what I said. After answering several times, they finally managed to understand.

By Lee Subin Matilda
February 5, 2020
Preparing the altar

A Pig's Head and a Tale

I visited Korea in February earlier this year after an absence of nineteen years.

By Fr. George Hogarty
February 3, 2020

I Think that I Met a Prophet

In September 2017 our class celebrated 50 years since we first came to Dalgan Park, Ireland, to follow what we all believed at the time was a call to missionary priesthood in the Society of St. Columban. The reunion was a joyful and uplifting experience.

Fr. Patrick O'Shea
February 1, 2020

To Your Health

Every year in the Catholic Church we have a “World Day of Prayer for the sick” on February 11, which is also the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. All the experts on the life of Jesus agree that He was indeed a healer.

By Fr. John Burger
February 1, 2020

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Columban logoThe Columbans are a society of missionaries, including priests and lay people, who minister to people of various cultures as a way of witnessing to the universal love of God.

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

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