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The Sisters, Columban Fr. Michael Hoban and neighbors

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

For the past seven years, I have traveled on Fridays to the Carmelite monastery located in a mountain canyon known as the Cajon del Maipo. I go there to celebrate Mass for the cloistered Discalced Carmelite Sisters.

By Fr. Michael Hoban
March 5, 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

Christmas and the Shared Gift

A couple of years ago, before starting the Christmas Mass, in a chapel in the southern area of the archdiocese of Santiago, Chile, a family arrived with their children.

By Fr. Alvaro Martinez December 2, 2019

From Korea to Chile

The work of the Columbans over the last 65 years has been blessed by the presence of diocesan priests (associates) who contract with the Missionary Society of St. Columban for a period of six or more years.

By Fr. Michael Hoban
October 14, 2019

Light in the Darkest Places

I have just completed 40 years in Chile and for 25 of these I have been going to the oldest jail in Santiago called the “Peni,” which is pronounced like “penny.” It was built almost 200 years ago for 500 men. Today there are 5,000 prisoners, and two years ago it held 7,000 men.

By Sr. Angela McKeever
July 29, 2019

What Is Happening?

January 6, 2017, was the Feast of the Epiphany also known as in Chile as La Pascua de los Negros (Passover of the Blacks). During colonial times this celebration was a rare opportunity for the black and mestizo slaves to celebrate.

Oisin Kenny

March 19, 2018
At Mass

Walking with Chilenos

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.

Martin Koroiciri

March 12, 2018
Isabel and her son

The Migrants

Chile is one of the developing countries in the world in terms of infrastructure, economy and business with good salary rates that catch the attention of workers in foreign countries especially those countries that are not so progressive.

Michael Javier

February 26, 2018
Remembering a fellow Columban

My Brother, Fr. Lynn

Retired Christian Brother, Brother Reginald Whitely, shares memories of his Columban brother, Fr. Lynn Whitely who died from hepatitis in Chile in 1971 at the age of 31.

Br. Reginald Whitely

November 27, 2017

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