NEWS AND ARTICLES

COLUMBANS: PRIESTS OF THE PEOPLE COLUMBANS: PRIESTS OF THE PEOPLE

The nature of the society’s mission has always leaned on what the local church needs in concurrence with the political and social climate of the country. From sacramental work into building communities, the mission later involved working for justice, peace and social action. When asked on where he thinks the Columbans see themselves in the future, amidst the rapidly evolving society, he answered, “I think a lot of us are influenced with what’s happening around us. We’re priests of the people. So, wherever they’re in need, that’s where we’ll go.”

Columban Missionaries Celebrate 90 Years of Mission in the Philippines Columban  Missionaries Celebrate 90 Years  of Mission in the Philippines

This year, we celebrate our commitment to the poor and the exploited earth. We honor those who have gone before us as we continue to commit ourselves to God’s mission in collaboration with our mission partners and benefactors. This commitment is expressed in our work with the vulnerable and the marginalized, indigenous people, interfaith dialogue and the care for God’s creation in our ministries and parishes.

Centre for Child Protection Centre for Child Protection

A letter to Fr. Shay Cullen, founder of PREDA, from Pontificia Universita Gregoriana Center for Child Protection thanking Fr. Cullen for his collaboration with the diploma course in "Safeguarding of Minors" and the first year of the Center's new licentiate in Safeguarding.

A STORY BEHIND THE BARS A STORY BEHIND THE BARS

After greeting the police officer on duty, I went inside to the cells and heard a child crying. To my surprise, a heartbreaking scene was waiting for me. A little six-year old child was holding a soft drink can and crying out, “Mama, I want my Mama. Mama come for me.” She was made to be like a criminal behind the iron bars of a terrible, smelly cell.

The Implications of the Synod of the Amazon to the Philippines The Implications of the Synod of the Amazon to the Philippines

The Synod of the Amazon is important to us in the Philippines because it reminds us that our local realities are the loci where our collaborative efforts to care for our common home need to be forged, nurtured and sustained. Thus, the Synod of the Amazon is not only for Latin America, it is also for us in this side of world, and for the circle of life. It is indeed a Synod for life. One of the slogans for the Synod of the Amazon is “Save the Amazon, She will save Us!”, not far from the cry to defend the Sierra Madre Mountain ranges, “Buháy na Sierra Madre, Buhay nating lahat” (Sierra Madre Alive or Full of life, Our life.)