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Walk for Creation

Settling In

In August last year, I arrived at St. John the Apostle Parish in Natovi, Fiji, to begin my ministry, where, among other things I would help facilitate church programs, village activities, and bi-monthly Mass visitations.

By Lily Faunillan
April 27, 2020

Mountain Mission

It started, really, with an invitation from catechist Tobia to come and talk about the Marian Movement of Priests. I checked with the pastor, Fr.

By Fr. Donal McIlraith
March 16, 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

Volcano Priest

Chased from his parish by a volcano! That is the story of Fr. Laurence Lulkon. Little did I think when I taught Laurence as a seminarian in Fiji that I was preparing him to deal with volcanoes.

By Fr. Donal McIlraith
November 27, 2019
Funeral procession

Goodbye to a Faith-Full Catechist

Then a young priest, I was appointed in 1975 to the islands of Kadavu, Fiji, which is about 60 miles from the capital of Suva. Over the years, Kadavu had not been well served. There were not enough priests, and so parishioners were visited only once in a while.

By Fr. David G. Arms
November 11, 2019

Chosen by God

The catechumenate is the period of preparation for baptism that adults go through. The Catholic Church reinstated the catechumenate or Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) after the second Vatican Council.

By Fr. Frank Hoare November 1, 2019
Learning New Things

Simple Things in an Extraordinary Way

One of the many joys of being a Columban lay missionary is the joy of entering into a new culture and sharing my faith and experience with the people, while at the same time learning so much more from them in return.

By Jennifer Lunor
October 30, 2019
Mission in my own country

A Taste of Mission in My Own Country

Danger at Sea
By Navitalai Paulo
October 21, 2019
Catechism class

My Mission Journey in Fiji

I arrived in Fiji as a Columban lay missionary in August 2017. Once in Fiji, I studied the language for three months. Studying a new language for the first time in my whole life was not an easy task for me! I’m so thankful that with Gods’ providence, I was able to manage and survive it!

By Lilly Faunillan
August 19, 2019

A Stranger in a Strange Land

Being a stranger in a foreign land wasn’t always easy, in terms of learning and adopting not only the language and local dialect but also the culture.

By Jennifer (Jake) Lunor
August 6, 2019


Losana Ve'ehala of Tonga passed away unexpectedly at the Columban lay missionary house in Suva, Fiji, on Sunday, December 10, 2017. Tongan Fr. Taukei, in his homily at the house, asked us "Why did she die in Suva, why did she die with the Columbans?"

Fr. Donal McIlraith

July 16, 2018
President and Mrs. Konrote with the ordination group

Ordination in Fiji

It was a personal joy for me to attend the ordination of Pat Roland Visanti in Suva on St. Columban's Day 2017. It coincided with the opening of the Society's Centennial Year.

Fr. Donal McIlraith

July 10, 2018


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

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