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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.

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.

Faith + Love = Unity Faith + Love = Unity

The Philippines, an archipelagic country composed of 7,600 islands, breeds diversity in culture, language, tradition, and customs. Inevitably, such diversity could sometimes lead to misunderstandings, form a regionalism perspective, and disunity.

Faith and Gratitude Faith and Gratitude

"It is hard to imagine how my life would be without the missionaries who came into the country. I am grateful because I am now harvesting the fruits of their labor. "

My All Souls Day Experience in New Bilibid Prison My All Souls Day Experience in New Bilibid Prison

All Souls Day is a significant day in the Roman Catholic Calendar. It is a day of prayer and remembrance for the departed souls of our dear families and relatives and is usually observed with shared meals and visits to the cemeteries.

"IN ALL THAT I DO, WITH, THROUGH AND IN THE LORD" "IN ALL THAT I DO, WITH, THROUGH AND IN THE LORD"

During a Columban seminary formation, the study of philosophy is followed by a spiritual year program. It is different.  This is a non-academic year where there are no exams, and all throughout the period, the seminarian is especially guided by prayer. Mosese Yacalevu from Labasa, Fiji, shares his personal reflection of the thirty-day retreat that is considered the highlight in this part of seminary formation.

Dialogue Through the Heart Dialogue Through the Heart

"In my journey of dialogue with other religions, I have embodied the insight that dialogue entails listening but I could only understand deeply by using my heart."

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