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Fr. Donal McIlraith watches the festivities with friends

Dancing the Centennial Fiji Style

It all started about three months ago when catechist Timoci Matakiviwa turned up on our doorstep offering to compose a Centennial Meke for us. The Meke is the traditional Fijian dance. Columban Frs.

Fr. Donal McIlraith July 1, 2018
The ordination of Fr. Pat Visanti

A New Rotuman Priest

Pat Visanti was born and raised a Methodist on the island of Rotuma. Rotuma is both an island and a nation. It is about 400 miles north of Fiji and, even though ethnically and linguistically different from Fiji, was made part of Fiji during the colonial period.

Fr. Donal McIlraith

June 4, 2018
Easter eggs

Easter Eggs at Veidrala

Veidrala village lies on the Northen coast of Nakorotubu in Ra, Fiji. The village had 85 houses before cyclone Winston and the deadly storm damaged 80 and left only five where the villagers took shelter.

Josfa Vasakula

April 2, 2018

Who Can Really See?

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

Fr. Frank Hoare March 1, 2018
A Hundred Years Young

A Hundred Years Young

We Columbans will celebrate our centenary from November 2017 to November 2018. This reflects the fact that we were canonically recognized as a missionary Society by Bishop O'Dea of Galway, Ireland, on June 29, 1918, the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.

Fr. Donal McIlraith

February 25, 2018
Columban Fr. Charles Duster (center) at the Fiji Solevu Catholic mission

65 Years in the Windswept Islands

My most vivid memory of 30 years in Fiji is that of drifting at sea in a storm. It was January 2003, and Cyclone Ami had done great damage in the north. I was taking food to the island of Rabi. Fr.

Fr. Donal McIlraith

February 24, 2018

The Piglet that Wouldn't Grow

I did a funeral in a small village near Dogoru a few months ago. The villagers very generously offered me some mats, dalo (an edible root similar to taro) and a live piglet. The mats could be sold for the parish and the priests and sisters could eat the dalo but what to do with the piglet?

Fr. Frank Hoare February 1, 2018
Fiji Diary

An Excerpt from a Fiji Diary

This evening, I had a good chat with Sukh Deo as we drank yaqona together. Sukh Deo is Hindu, but his wife and children are Catholic. They live in an interior settlement, far from town.

Fr. Frank Hoare

November 15, 2017

Beware of a Holy Man's Curse!

Columban Fr. Frank Hoare shared this page from his missionary diary:  My meeting Michael Rangu Raj on the streets of the town today, for the fi rst time in twenty years, left me astounded. He recognized and saluted me. Then he grabbed my hand and began appealing to me to forgive him. "I am sorry Father, please forgive me. I did wrong but you must not hold it against me," he repeated. I was staggered. In view of our last couple of meetings, I would have expected him to ignore me or to treat me coldly. Instead here he was appealing for mercy.

Fr. Frank Hoare

October 30, 2017

My Experiences as a Columban Lay Missionary

Before sharing some memories of my experience as a lay missionary, I would like to thank the Columban Fathers for giving me the opportunity to live one of the greatest life experiences I have ever had.

By Judith Condor

October 16, 2017
Ten months after the cyclone families are still living in tents and scraps put together to build dwellings.

Columban Companion in Mission

​Veidrala is located on the Northeast of Vitilevu under the province of Nakorotubu in Ra. It is a 2 ½ hours bus ride from Suva, the capital of Fiji, followed by another 45-minute boat ride to reach Veidrala.

The Village

By Paulo Rabakewa

June 1, 2017
Andrew (left) at a Ba market with yaqona root seller

A Visit to Fiji

The following is an account of a visit by Columban Fr. Seung Won Joseph and some Korean youth – including Columban candidates and seminarians – to a number of Columban parishes in Fiji during July 2016.

By Andrew Kwangbae Lee and Columban Fr. Seung Won Joseph

May 1, 2017


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