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FROM THE DIRECTOR

by Anonymous last modified Apr 03, 2018 09:26 PM

This year we are celebrating 100 years of the Missionary Society of Saint Columban. 100 years ago in Ireland, the first group of seminarians began their training to be missionaries of the Good News in China. They knew that it would not be easy.

FROM THE DIRECTOR

This year we are celebrating 100 years of the Missionary Society of Saint Columban. 100 years ago in Ireland, the first group of seminarians began their training to be missionaries of the Good News in China. They knew that it would not be easy. Yet they said: ‘Yes’! Many died of malaria when they got there. Others were imprisoned and killed. Others made their way here to the Philippines in 1929 to continue Christ’s mission. There is so much to celebrate after 100 years of Columban Mission and 89 years of Columban missionary work here in the Philippines.

It is a special blessing for us that Reverend Peter Lichun Dong, SSC was ordained to the Diaconate on February 5, 2018, in our Formation House in Cubao by Bishop Honesto Ongtioco, DD.  As we celebrate 100 years since the first Columbans prepared to go on mission to China we are very happy to have our first Columban from China taking the first steps toward Columban Missionary Priesthood. The Almighty has done great things for us!

We also give thanks to God who has blessed us with yet another Filipino Columban Priest. Father Erl Dylan Tabaco was ordained to the priesthood in his home Parish of Holy Rosary, Agusan, Cagayan de Oro City, Mindanao, on February 17, 2018, by Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, SJ, DD. He will be returning to his mission in Peru in September. For now, he will serve in Barra, Opol, Misamis Oriental with fellow Columban Father Enrique Escobar who is originally from Peru. It is thanks to your prayers and financial support that we are able to send out another Filipino Columban Priest to share Gospel Joy with the people of Peru. The Almighty has, indeed, done great things for us!

The more we reflect on the blessings in our own lives and the beauty of the world around us - from the joy of listening to the birds singing in the morning to the magnificence of a deep-red sunset - we cannot but be filled with gratitude for how wonderful God’s love for us is. In his beautiful encyclical, Laudato Si, Pope Francis reminds us that God loves each one of us and everything He has created. To show our love to God for all His goodness to us, we should love our neighbor as ourselves, difficult it may be, and to love and care for all of God’s Creation. We have to act now before it is too late.

As we celebrate God’s faithfulness to Columban missionaries we would like to thank you for being part of our story. Without your support we would not be able to look forward to another 100 years. 

 

Thank you for being our true and faithful friends for so many years.

 

Maraming Salamat, Po!

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