NEWS AND FEATURES

500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines: Growing in the Wisdom of Being Able to Recognize the Call of God 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines: Growing in the Wisdom of Being Able to Recognize the Call of God

Our faith has continued to grow and develop in so far as we have been able to respond to all these new challenges. It is thanks to the wisdom and faith-commitment of the people with whom we have lived and worked over the years that God has allowed our Columban Mission to evolve into what it is today. We can look back with immense gratitude, as we face an uncertain future with renewed joy and hope.

Feel at Home Feel at Home

“Feel at home” is what the priests always say to me. They told me to let them know of anything I need without feeling that I am demanding, especially if it is related to my safety and security.

Speaking about the Mural St. Peter and St. Paul’s Embrace of Peace Speaking about the Mural St. Peter and St. Paul’s Embrace of Peace

"In this article, however, I’d like to talk about the process, my intended symbolism and my short reflection on the mural that I painted on the entrance door of the Martyrs Chapel of Columban Formation House and Lay Mission Center in Seoul. The painting is entitled St. Peter and St. Paul’s Embrace of Peace."

Writing a Common Statement of Hope for Christian Unity in the Philippines Writing a Common Statement of Hope for Christian Unity in the Philippines

"As part of celebrating the 500th anniversary of Christianity’s arrival in the Philippines, I was involved in crafting the common statement from the different Christian churches of the Philippines. The quincentenary was deemed an opportune moment by the different church leaders to strengthen the ecumenical effort towards unity in faith."

Diaconate Ordination of Elbert Balbastro and Jerry Lohera Diaconate Ordination of Elbert Balbastro and Jerry Lohera

In the morning of the same day, both Elbert and Jerry became permanent members of the Missionary Society of St. Columban. Congratulations!  As we welcome them with joy and thanksgiving, we also continue to pray for them in the next stage of their missionary journey.

A One of a Kind Ordination A One of a Kind Ordination

Elbert, a newly ordained deacon of the Missionary Society of St Columban, from Oton, Iloilo, shares his reflection about his diaconate ordination experience at this time of pandemic.

PANDEMIC: Finding Positives PANDEMIC: Finding Positives

People often share about how this pandemic affected us in a negative way. I wonder if we ever considered how it can have a transforming effect in our lives too.

Determination and Discernment Determination and Discernment

Dreaming to become a priest at that time without considering all the factors at play was foolish and ambitious. I can still remember my father’s desperate voice, telling me, “I cannot afford to send you to the seminary.” We had a small farm planted with sweet potato, ube, corn, cassava, taro and banana that only provides us little income.

Celebrating the Gift of Faith Celebrating the Gift of Faith

On August 3, 2021, the historic move of reconciliation between the Roman Catholic Church and the Philippine Independent Church, also known as Iglesia Filipina Independiente, happened.

Hope for Peace Hope for Peace

As I look upon the faces of people in countries suffering from conflict or war, I ask myself, "Why do we inflict such fear and pain on each other? What do we gain from this?"

Columban International Youth Encounter Columban International Youth Encounter

On 16 January 2021 we hosted our first online Columban International Youth Encounter which gathered 24 young people and seven young Columban missionaries and co-workers from six different Columban mission areas.

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